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NCJ Number: 120828 Find in a Library
Title: Serial Murder in the United States 1900-1940: A Historical Perspective
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:17  Issue:5  Dated:(1989)  Pages:377-392
Author(s): P Jenkins
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 16
Type: Historical Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Serial murder was a well-known phenomenon in the early twentieth century.
Abstract: Between about 1900 and 1940 there were dozens of recorded incidents in the United States, and extreme cases occurred almost as frequently as they have done in the last two decades. This article describes and attempts to classify incidents of serial homicide in this area. It also discusses the changing theoretical and medical explanations used to account for this type of crime and the impact of new theories on the practice of the courts and law-enforcement agencies. Finally, the frequency of serial homicide is tentatively linked to the broader social and economic history of the period. 2 tables, list of serial murder cases for 1971-1988, 75 references. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Serial murders
Index Term(s): Economic influences; Medicolegal considerations; Social organization
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