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American Homicide


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1. Introducing You to Homicide Introduction Homicide: What Most People Think They Know Organization of the Book Historic and Contemporary What This Book Is Not Policy Implications 2. Who's Killing Whom and How Much Introduction What We Measure How We Measure Studying Homicide Situations Data Challenges 3. Murder by the Numbers Introduction Victims-Who Dies Offenders-Categories and Demographics Location, Location, Location Weapons Used in Violence Other Circumstances Trends and Patterns Homicide Internationally 4. Why We Do It: Theories of Homicide Introduction: Sociological and Criminological Perspectives Individual Explanations Social Structural Life Course, Lifestyle, and Routine Activities Theory 5. Confrontational Homicide Introduction Victim Precipitation Honor Contests Road Rage Audience Alcohol Physiology Girls, Women, and Confrontational Homicide Investigative Considerations 6. Intimate Partner Homicide Introduction Rates Dynamics of Intimate Partner Homicide Theories to Explain Intimate Partner Homicide Lethality Assessment Fatality Review Teams Prosecution of Intimate Partner Homicide 7. All in the Family Introduction Familicide Parents and Children Other Family Killings 8. School Killings Introduction Mass Shootings and Attacks The Killers Motivations of Those Who Kill International Incidents Policy Responses 9. Mass Murder in Public and the Workplace Introduction Public Places Workplace Violence Workplace Victims The Workplace Killer Assessing Violence Potential Policy Implications 10. Killings by Groups: Gangs and Cults Introduction Gangs and Killing Cults and New Religious Movements (NRM) Cult Leaders and Followers Assessing Impacts Policy Implications 11. Tool of Terror Introduction Definition and History Acts of Terror Who Are Terrorists? Hate Crimes and Killing Role of the Media Stopping Terrorists 12. Serial Killing Introduction Myth and Mayhem Typologies Profiling Serial Killers Female Serial Killers Medical or Health Care Serial Killers Team Serial Killers Catching Serial Killers 13. Solving Homicides Introduction First Officer on the Scene Arriving With Caution Locard's Exchange Principle Investigator Arrives Documentation Collection of Evidence ME or No ME? Prosecutors: Who Needs 'Em? Technology Case Personnel Working With the Media Cold Case Investigations 14. Murder in Court Introduction Stages in Homicide Cases Expert Witness Testimony Building the Case and Charging Decisions Evidentiary Issues Defense Attorney Functions and Tactics Ethical Issues Plea Bargaining Sentencing 15. Victims, Society, and the Future Introduction Victim Impact Public Health Perspective Criminal Justice System Response and Legislation Societal Issues Predicting Violence Technology

About the Author

Dr. Richard Hough has taught criminal justice and criminology courses in the college and university setting for twenty-five years and he has taught investigative methods and other law enforcement and corrections topics in the academy and in-service law enforcement setting for thirty years. This is added to the author's extensive professional experience including investigating homicide. Dr. Hough has held increasingly responsible positions in law enforcement and has served as director of law enforcement and corrections in sheriff's offices, as well as superintendent of detention centers for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. Dr. Hough has served as both a law enforcement and corrections academy director. He is currently a faculty member in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of West Florida. Dr. Richard Hough has conducted more than 100 training seminars, conference presentations, and international briefings on criminal justice issues and he is the primary instructor for contemporary policing practices and gangs and hate groups at the regional law enforcement academy in Pensacola, FL. Dr. Hough is a member of the Homicide Research Working Group (HRWG), the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), the International Homicide Investigators Association (IHIA), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Southern Criminal Justice Association (SCJA) and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). Dr. Hough has been interviewed by local, regional and national news media and has appeared on radio and television speaking on criminal justice issues. He has published journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Hough actively consults as an expert witness on police and correctional practices and the use of force. Kimberly D. McCorkle is a former state prosecutor and currently serves as Vice Provost and Professor at the University of West Florida, where she has been on the faculty since 2002. As a prosecutor, she worked as a specialized domestic violence (DV) prosecutor and conducted over 50 misdemeanor and felony jury trials as lead counsel. In that position, she also trained law enforcement officers on the legal aspects of investigating domestic violence crime. Over the last 20 years, she has been interviewed numerous times by local and national media as an expert on domestic violence crime. Her primary research focus is intimate partner and family violence and homicide. Dr. McCorkle has published numerous articles and has presented and trained on DV and DV homicide. She is a member of the Florida Bar, the Homicide Research Working Group (HRWG), the Southern Criminal Justice Association (SCJA), and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS).


This text is an all-around approach to the topic of Homicide. It clears up what a Homicide is which many students have differing opinions. It shows the student data on the prevalence of this crime which many have an erroneous view of. It does a great job discussing the different types of homicide. This is often neglected in many other texts.

-- Thomas S. Alexander
A well thought-out and organized text on homicide. It combines elements from the academic and practitioner point of view providing a well-rounded aspect. This text also has relevant cases and offers opportunities for the students to discover information on their own through the "Try This" component. It is student and faculty friendly allowing for more in-depth classroom discussion while simultaneously being comprehensive on its own.

American Homicide American Homicide -- Melissa J. Tetzlaff-Bemiller
This text provides a multidisciplinary and balanced overview of homicide and is presented in a clear, well-organized, and student friendly manner.
-- Mark Winton

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