Homicide is generally considered the most serious of all crimes. In addition, it is often used by researchers as a proxy measure for other forms of violent crime because it is measured more precisely and reliably than other types of crime. The study of homicide is an ongoing criminological endeavor as its nature and magnitude change over time. The empirical examination of homicide is more useful than relying on media depictions of the crime, which may be somewhat distorted. The media tends to concentrate on specific victim types, which may ...

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