American Homicide

American Homicide

By: Richard M. Hough (author), Kimberly D. McCorkle (author)Paperback

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American Homicide examines all types of homicide, and gives additional attention to the more prevalent types of murder and suspicious deaths in the United States. Authors Richard M. Hough and Kimberly D. McCorkle employ more than 30 years of academic and practitioner experience to help explain why and how people kill and how society reacts. This compressive text takes a balanced approach combining scholarly research and theory with compelling details about recent cases and coverage of current trends.

About 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. Dr. Kimberly D. McCorkle is a former state prosecutor and is currently professor of legal studies, chair of the Department of Legal Studies, Public Administration, and Sport Management, and associate dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of West Florida. As a prosecutor she worked as a specialized domestic violence 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 15 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. 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 national Homicide Research Working Group (HRWG), the Southern Criminal Justice Association (SCJA), and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS).


CHAPTER 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 CHAPTER 2: Who's Killing Whom and How Much Introduction What We Measure How We Measure Studying Homicide Situations Data Challenges CHAPTER 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 CHAPTER 4: Why We Do It: Theories of Homicide Introduction: Sociological and Criminological Perspectives Individual Explanations Social Structural Life Course, Lifestyle, and Routine Activities Theory CHAPTER 5: Confrontational Homicide Introduction Victim Precipitation Honor Contests Road Rage Audience Alcohol Physiology Girls, Women, and Confrontational Violence Investigative Considerations CHAPTER 6: Intimate Partner Homicide Introduction and Definitions Rates Dynamics of Intimate Partner Homicide Theories to Explain Intimate Partner Homicide Lethality Assessment Fatality Review Teams Prosecution of Intimate Partner Homicide CHAPTER 7: All in the Family Introduction Familicide Parents and Children Other Family Killings CHAPTER 8: School Killings Introduction-Perception and Prevalence Mass Shootings and Attacks The Killers Motivations of Those Who Kill Policy Responses CHAPTER 9: Workplace Mass Killings Introduction Workplace Violence Workplace Victims The Workplace Killer Assessing Violence Potential Policy Implications CHAPTER 10: Tool of Terror Introduction Definition and History Acts of Terror Who are Terrorists? Hate Crimes and Killing Role of the Media Stopping Terrorists CHAPTER 11: Serial Killing Introduction Myth and Mayhem Typologies Profiling Serial Killers Female Serial Killers Medical or Healthcare Serial Killers Team Serial Killers Catching Serial killers CHAPTER 12: Cults and Gangs Introduction Cult Leaders and Followers Assessing Impacts Policy Implications Gangs and Killing CHAPTER 13: Solving Homicides Introduction First Officer on the Scene Investigator Arrives Documentation Collection of Evidence ME or No ME? Prosecutor: Who Needs `Em? Technology Case Personnel Working With the Media CHAPTER 14: Murder in Court Introduction Stages in Homicide Cases Building the Case and Charging Decisions Evidentiary Issues Defense Attorney Functions and Tactics Ethical Issues Plea-Bargaining Sentencing CHAPTER 15: Victims, Society, and the Future Introduction Victim Impact Public Health Perspective Criminal Justice System Response and Legislation Societal Issues Predicting Violence Technology References Index About the Authors

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  • ISBN13: 9781483384146
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9781483384146
  • weight: 28
  • ISBN10: 1483384144

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