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NCJ Number: 250734 Find in a Library
Title: Shooting Alone: The Pre-Attack Experiences and Behaviors of U.S. Solo Mass Murderers
Journal: Journal of forensic Sciences  Volume:62  Issue:3  Dated:May 2017  Pages:710-714
Author(s): Paul Gill; James Silver; John Horgan; Emily Corner
Date Published: May 2017
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2013-ZA-BX-0002
Document: HTML
Type: Program/Project Description; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study analyzed the sociodemographic, developmental, antecedent attack, attack preparation, and commission properties of 115 mass murderers between 1990 and 2014.
Abstract: The results indicate that mass murderer attacks are usually the culmination of a complex mix of personal, political, and social drivers that crystallize at the same time to drive the individual down the path of violent action. The study focused upon areas related to prior criminal engagement, leakage, and attack location familiarity. Whether the violence comes to fruition is usually a combination of the availability and vulnerability of suitable targets that suit the heady mix of personal and political grievances and the individual's capability to engage in an attack from both a psychological and technical capability standpoint. Many individual cases share a mixture of unfortunate personal life circumstances coupled with an intensification of beliefs/grievances that later developed into the idea to engage in violence. (Publisher abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Mass murders; Mass Violence; NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources; Offender profiles; Terrorism/Mass Violence; Violence causes
Note: Presented in part at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, November 18-21, 2015, in Washington, DC.
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