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NCJ Number: 135821 Find in a Library
Title: Violent Enough to Murder? Reflections on Two Cases of Homicide
Journal: Criminologie  Volume:23  Issue:1  Dated:special issue (Summer 1990)  Pages:75-93
Author(s): R Rondeau
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 18
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: French
Country: Canada
Annotation: Case histories of two male, 16-year old juveniles implicated in homicides are reviewed, and it is argued that they differ very little from ordinary juveniles.
Abstract: One of the adolescents had participated in a gang assault on a bus passenger who later succumbed to his injuries, while the other had knifed a bus passenger to death. The case histories reveal no unusual previous aggression, though both adolescents had histories of minor delinquent activities. Both offenders deeply regretted the offense and affirmed that they did not intend such an outcome. Neither offense could have been predicted or prevented, and neither of the juveniles can be called a murdered in the true sense of the word. Although both came from broken homes and indicated some insecurity as a result, no single aspect of society or the offender's personality can be blamed for the events. The author suggests that these offenders are examples of a collective failure of society. 9 references
Main Term(s): Violent juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Foreign juvenile delinquency; Juvenile case studies; Psychological causes of delinquency; Socioeconomic causes of delinquency
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