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A comprehensive exploration, Studying and Prevention of Homicide offers thoroughly researched chapters by a distinguished group of contributors. Leading scholars in the field, editors M. Dwayne Smith and Margaret A. Zahn have compiled an extensive range of topics including: mass and serial murders, homicides by youth, gang homicides, domestic homicides, homicides by female offenders, and alcohol/drug related homicides.


Homicide is a topic that holds an incredible fascination for academic researchers as well as the American public. To get some sense of this fascination, one need only scan the current offerings of U.S. popular culture, ranging from the nightly news to popular fiction to various components of the electronic media (television, motion pictures, music, etc.). On the other end of an information spectrum, a search of academic references using the key words murder or homicide will produce enough citations to tie up a library printer for an inordinately long period.

Unfortunately, the “facts” about homicide are often jumbled along this information spectrum, and what the public frequently believes to be true about various aspects of homicide may not be supported by empirical evidence. Too ...

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