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Overview

A major revision of the best-selling Murder in America, this Second Edition examines both common and unusual acts of homicide in light of society's changing norms, values, attitudes, and customs. The authors, Ronald and Stephen Holmes, have worked with numerous police departments on more than 300 murder and rape cases. They have authored a variety of books and written many articles addressing topics such as serial killers, sex crimes, profiling, drug testing, probation and parole issues, and violent crime. By using their students as consultants while writing both editions of the book, the authors have ensured that Murder in America offers a fascinating yet practical analysis of homicidal acts.
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Editorial Reviews

Criminal Behavior and Mental Health
"This book is an informative and easy-to-read account of different aspects of murder in the United States. It covers a wide range of topics, from several killings to terrorism, but concentrates mainly on the perpetrators of homicide rather than the victims of such crime. The book provides a good introduction to the subject."— Robert Gibb
Criminal Behavior and Mental Health - Robert Gibb

"This book is an informative and easy-to-read account of different aspects of murder in the United States. It covers a wide range of topics, from several killings to terrorism, but concentrates mainly on the perpetrators of homicide rather than the victims of such crime. The book provides a good introduction to the subject."

Booknews
Interweaving a scholarly presentation with sensational scenarios, the authors examine both the common and unusual acts of homicide in light of society's changing norms, values, attitudes, and customs. Each chapter explores a specific type of homicide by examining trends, methods, motives, statistics, and other descriptive information, and concludes with suggestions aimed at prediction and prevention. For students and general readers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761920922
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

 

Ronald M. Holmes is Coroner, in the Jefferson County Coroner's office and Professor Emeritus of Justice Administration at the University of Louisville. He is the author of several books, among them Profiling Violent Crimes, Sex Crimes, and Serial Murder. He is also the author of more than 50 articles appearing in scholarly publications. He is Vice President of the National Center for the Study of Unresolved Homicides and has completed more than 500 psychological profiles for police departments across the United States. He received his doctorate from Indiana University.

is Coroner, in the Jefferson County Coroner's office and Professor Emeritus of Justice Administration at the University of Louisville. He is the author of several books, among them and He is also the author of more than 50 articles appearing in scholarly publications. He is Vice President of the National Center for the Study of Unresolved Homicides and has completed more than 500 psychological profiles for police departments across the United States. He received his doctorate from Indiana University.

Stephen T. Holmes is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida. Prior to this position, he was a social science analyst for the National Institute of Justice in Washington, D.C. He has authored 6 books and more than 15 articles dealing with policing, drug testing, probation and parole issues, and violent crime. He received his doctorate from the University of Cincinnati.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Murder in America 1
Murder: Definitions 2
Legal Degrees of Murder 2
Manslaughter 3
Justifiable and Excusable Homicide 3
Chances of Being a Murder Victim 6
Guns and Homicide 8
General Typologies of Murderers 10
2 Serial Murder 15
Serial Murder Outside the United States 18
Serial Killers in the United States 20
Incidence of Serial Murder 21
The Number of Victims 23
Spatial Mobility and Male Serial Killers 24
Phases in Serial Murder 25
Typology of Male Serial Murderers 27
Traits of Male Serial Killers 31
Motivational Factors 32
3 Female Serial Killers 37
Spatial Mobility and Female Serial Killers 40
Typology of Female and Serial Killers 41
Traits of Types of Female Serial Killers 49
4 Mass Murder 53
What Is Mass Murder? 54
Incidents of Mass Murder 56
Classification of Mass Murderers 67
Typology of Mass Murderers 70
5 Children Who Kill 79
Homicidal Trends Among Youthful Killers 81
The Etiology of the Juvenile Homicidal Offender 85
Youth Killers and School Shootings 88
Treatment of Violent Juvenile Offenders 94
6 Intimates Who Kill 97
Statistics on Partner Homicide 99
Perpetrator Profiles 104
The Law and Legal Defenses in Cases of Spousal Homicide 108
Policy Implications 112
7 Parents Who Kill 115
The Murder of Children in the United States Today 117
Children as Chattel and Infanticide 119
Typology of the Child Killing Incident 120
Motives for Murdering Children 124
Mothers Who Kill 125
Fathers Who Kill 128
Stepparents Who Kill 129
8 Sex-Related Homicide 133
What Is Sexual Homicide? 134
Elements in Sexual Homicide 141
Lust Murder 144
9 Murder in the Workplace 155
Traits of the Disgruntled Employee Mass Killer 157
References 167
Index 177
About the Authors 190
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