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NCJ Number: 99343 Find in a Library
Title: Lethal Violence in Chicago Over Seventeen Years - Homicides Known to the Police, 1965-1981
Author(s): C R Block
Corporate Author: Ottawa Police Planning and Research Section
Ottawa Police
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 99
Sponsoring Agency: Ottawa Police Planning and Research Section
Ottawa, Canada
Sale Source: Ottawa Police Planning and Research Section
Ottawa Police
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the characteristics of the victims, the offenders, and the circumstances involved in the 12,872 homicides that the Chicago police recorded from 1965 through 1981.
Abstract: Homicide resulted from several types of crimes: fights (69 percent), robbery (17 percent), rape (1 percent), burglary (1 percent), from other circumstances like a contract killing (less than 1 percent), and unknown circumstances (12 percent). The unit of analysis was the victim, and offender data was collected where available. Characteristics used in the analysis were age, gender, race/ethnicity, weapon, and the precipitating crime. Unexpected correlations were that domestic homicide was most common among blacks and involved wives killing husbands more often than husbands killing wives, and < weapon use generally depended more on the victim's characteristics than on the offender's characteristics. Other relationships showed that male/male was the most common gender interaction, black and Hispanic Americans were more likely to be killed with a firearm than whites, and males were more likely to use weapons than females. The patterns of homicide changed over the 17-year period. Homicide increased rapidly until 1974 and then leveled off or declined. Data tables, notes, and 154 references are supplied.
Index Term(s): Homicide; Illinois; Offenders; Offense characteristics; Statistical Analysis Centers; Victim-offender relationships
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