skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 183391 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Assassination in the United States: An Operational Study of Recent Assassins, Attackers, and Near-Lethal Approachers
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:44  Issue:2  Dated:March 1999  Pages:321-333
Author(s): Robert A. Fein Ph.D.; Bryan Vossekuil
Date Published: March 1999
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of the Treasury
Washington, DC 20220
Grant Number: 92-IJ-CX-0013
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines assassins, attackers and near-lethal approachers in the United States since 1949.
Abstract: This study is the first operational exploration of the thinking and behavior of all 83 persons known to have attacked, or approached to attack, a prominent public official or public figure in the United States since 1949. In addition to data about each attack or near-attack and each subject’s demographic and background characteristics, the study includes information about subjects’ ideas and actions in the days and weeks before their attacks or near-lethal approaches. The study examined questions about each subject’s movement from the idea of attack to actual attack, motives, selection of targets, planning, communication of threat and intent, symptoms of mental illness and significant life experiences. In every case, the attack or near-attack was the end result of an understandable, and often discernible, process of thinking and action. The article discusses implications for protectors, investigators and researchers. Tables, notes, references
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Aggravated assault; Assassination; Forensic sciences; Murder; Offender profiles; Offenders; Protection of public figures; Psychological research; Threat assessment
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.