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The volume explores every aspect of females who murdered - from arrest through sentencing - and provides descriptions of ecological and other circumstances of the murders, the victims, the motives of the perpetrators, and their fates in court. The generous utilization of case examples dramatically reveals three homicide scenarios. This exploratory, descriptive study compares 296 females arrested for homicide in six urban areas - Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and New York City in 1979 and ...
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When Women Kill

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Overview

The volume explores every aspect of females who murdered - from arrest through sentencing - and provides descriptions of ecological and other circumstances of the murders, the victims, the motives of the perpetrators, and their fates in court. The generous utilization of case examples dramatically reveals three homicide scenarios. This exploratory, descriptive study compares 296 females arrested for homicide in six urban areas - Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and New York City in 1979 and 1983. During field trips to these cities, which have the highest murder rates in the country, both qualitative and quantitative data were collected from police files, homicide records, FBI reports, and criminal information. Research analyses reveals a fascinating profile of today's female murderer. When Women Kill presents a comprehensive, yet highly readable, overview of this previously neglected subgroup of homicide offenders.
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The typical female homicide offender in the US is a single, thirty-one-year-old, unemployed African American mother with less than a high school education and prior arrests. So concludes Mann criminal justice, Indiana U.-Bloomington from her study of 296 women arrested for murder between 1976 and 1983 in the six US cities with the highest murder rates. Synthesizing quantitative and qualitative data, she describes the circumstances of the murders, the victims, the motives, and their fates in court. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438411842
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 903 KB

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 The Research Design 22
Ch. 3 Ecological and Other Circumstances of the Homicide 45
Ch. 4 The Murder of Intimates 69
Ch. 5 Other Murder Victims 97
Ch. 6 Are Women Getting Away With Murder? 126
Ch. 7 A Profile of Today's Female Killer 164
Appendix A. The Research Protocol 179
Appendix B. Codebook 181
Appendix C. Offenders' Prior Misdemeanor and Felony Arrests and Convictions 189
Appendix D. Variables in the Regression Analysis of Prison Time 191
Bibliography 193
Index 207
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