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NCJ Number: 158070 Find in a Library
Title: Combined Homicide-Suicides: A Review
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:40  Issue:5  Dated:(September 1995)  Pages:846-857
Author(s): A R Felthous; A Hempel
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 12
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews the literature pertaining to homicide- suicides.
Abstract: Statistics on age, sex, social status, and ethnicity of those who commit homicide-suicide are summarized. The article presents two classifications, one based on psychopathology and one on the nature of the relationship between perpetrators of homicide-suicide and their homicidal victim, i.e., consortial homicide-suicide, physically ailing consort subtype, adversarial homicide-suicide, filial homicide-suicide, and cult homicide-suicides. The review suggests a three-dimensional analytical approach to understanding this criminal phenomenon: psychopathology and ego deficits of the perpetrator, cumulative and precipitating factors, and motivation and vector of destructive urges against self and the other victim. 12 tables and 40 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Homicide causes; Psychopaths; Suicide causes; Victim-offender relationships; Victims of Crime
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