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Disaster Criminology Used to Investigate Minneapolis 2020 Homicide Wave 

A Minneapolis non-fatal shooting in summer of 2021 at 13th & Lake St. E., Police performed CPR until the Paramedics arrived (Photo by Dallas Drake). Minneapolis  was  struck  by  two  co-occurringdisasters  in  2020.  First  on  March  6th   thepresident announced COVID-19 had appearedin the United States and soon Minnesota haddeveloped lethal...

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GLBT Homicide Analysis

The Center for Homicide Research conducted an in-depth statistical analysis of its GLBT Homicide Database in 2006. This study combines data analysis from CHR itself and from the FBI’s database. When looking at the demographic makeup of gay homicides, several key findings stick out. The CHR found that from gay...

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When Is The Death of a Fetus a Homicide?

This brief will look at the issue of classifying a fetal death as a homicide.  Some of the difficulties presented by language in this context will be discussed, as well as the different types of laws currently in place.  Issues relevant to homicide investigators and researchers will also be considered....

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Resources for Police and Law Enforcement

The mission of the Center for Homicide Research is to develop research that will assist in increasing the solvability of all homicide cases. To that end, the Center is developing wide-ranging expertise on the topic of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender homicide. The Center’s expertise may aid in active homicide...

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Recognizing Gay Homicide

One of the most critical components of examining gay homicide is to accurately recognize and label cases as gay.  Law enforcement officials often do not identify the sexual orientation of victims or offenders, except in certain cases which may qualify under the legal definition of hate-crime. The purpose of labeling...

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Handbook of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Administration and Policy

© 2004 Marcel Dekker A new book from publisher Marcel Dekker (now Taylor & Francis)  includes significant contributions by Center for Homicide Research’s principal researcher Dallas Drake about criminal justice and homicide in the GLBT community. The book, Handbook of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Trans-gender Administration and Policy, edited by Wallace...

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Staged Hunting Mishaps and Criminal Homicide

In May 1988 a lesbian couple, camping along the Appalachian Trail were shot by a cave-dwelling mountain man who came across them engaged in intimate activity. One victim died at the scene and the other suffered serious injuries. When approached by the authorities the offender initially claimed the shooting had...

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Drowning the Smiley Face Murder Theory

A theory has developed that credits the drowning deaths of a number of young men in the Midwest and Northeastern United States to the work of a serial homicide offender. In 1999, journalists first reported that college-aged students were drowning in rivers after an evening of heavy drinking (Maller). These...

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The Center for Homicide Research offers one of the finest internship programs in the United States. Distanced-based electronic internships begin in Fall of 2020. Qualifying students come from undergraduate, graduate and law schools.

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