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NCJ Number: 128565 Find in a Library
Title: Murder: An Analysis of Its Forms, Conditions, and Causes
Author(s): G Falk
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 277
Sponsoring Agency: McFarland & Company, Inc.
Jefferson, NC 28640
Publication Number: ISBN 0-89950-478-7
Sale Source: McFarland & Company, Inc.
Box 611
Jefferson, NC 28640
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The study examines murder in Erie County, N.Y., over a period of 40 years under the assumption that it has a typical American urban murder history.
Abstract: The first three chapters and the statistical appendix focus on murder case histories, relationships between killers and their victims, and the conditions under which murder occurs in Erie County and by extrapolation in the United States as a whole. Two chapters examine multicide, the killing of many people either by one person or groups of persons. This type of homicide encompasses genocide, serial killings, and mass murder. Topics discussed in these chapters include the genocide of the Armenian Christians, the European Jews, and the Native Americans; serial killers such as Ted Bundy; and mass murderers such as Leslie Lowenfeld. Another chapter discusses assassination or the murder of another for either fame or gain. A chapter also discusses the death penalty as a form of murder, and the pros and cons of the death penalty are reviewed. Other chapters provide a sociological analysis of murder and discussions of family violence and emotional stress as a factor in causing murders. Chapter notes and a 174-item bibliography
Main Term(s): Murder
Index Term(s): Assassination; Genocide; Offense statistics; Serial murders
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