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NCJ Number: 229446 Find in a Library
Title: Archival Exploration of Homicide-Suicide and Mass Murder in the Context of 19th-Century American Parricides
Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology  Volume:54  Issue:1  Dated:February 2010  Pages:43-60
Author(s): Phillip Chong Ho Shon; Michael A. Roberts
Date Published: February 2010
Page Count: 18
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: There has been little attempt to integrate contemporary studies of suicide and mass murder to homicide-suicides. The current research attempts to do so in the context of 19th-century parricides in America.
Abstract: This project uses archival records from The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, 1851-1899, resulting in a total of 231 incidents. Our results indicate that parricides, mass murders, and suicides tended to originate as spontaneous acts, usually during the course of an argument, gathering momentum as the interaction unfolded. We contend that suicide is one way of alleviating threats to offender's loss of self-identity. (Publisher Abstract)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Family homicide; Homicide causes; Mass murders; Self concept; Suicide; Suicide causes
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