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Ronald M. Holmes & James E. Deburger

In: Contemporary Perspectives on Serial Murder

Chapter 1: Profiles in Terror: The Serial Murderer

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Profiles in Terror: The Serial Murderer
Profiles in terror: The serial murderer
Ronald M.Holmes
James E.Deburger

Homicide is a crime which has historically galvanized public attention to the work of law enforcement personnel. In past decades, when the situational context of most homicides ensured or at least enhanced the probability of rapid solution, law enforcement personnel were lauded for their investigative skills. In recent years, however, both the public and those in law enforcement have expressed frustration and concern regarding the growing number of unsolved murders in this Nation. Since 1960, the solution rate for homicides has declined from over 90 percent to approximately 76 percent in 1983 (Newsweek, 1984). This dramatic decline in the solution rate coincides with a period of increasing sophisticated technology and an increase ...

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