Dissemination of the Center’s research about homicide and its related phenomena is core to the mission of the Center for Homicide Research. The research and presentations by Center for Homicide Research researchers have been published in numerous places.

Center Author Published in New Book on Necrophilia

The much awaited book, Understanding Necrophilia: A Global Multidisciplinary Approach, has finally reached store shelves. Perhaps the best is chapter 20, “Windows Into the Crypt: Proposing a Scale of Sexual Animation” authored by Dallas Drake, the Center for Homicide Research’s Principal Researcher. In it he proposes that necrophilia can be organized along a continuum opposite of paraphilic (or anger excitation) rape and that scale entries increase or decrease depending on how much motion an offender desires during sex. This helps explain the interrelatedness with such things as date-rapes using GHB, or alternately, having sex with nude mannequins. According to Drake too much emphasis is placed on death’s association to this form of sexual offending.

Beyond “The Perfect Murder”: The Public Health Model In Contemporary Open-Data Journalism

By: Christopher Conway

The nature of mass media has changed from a centralized model of traditional journalism to a decentralized model heavily based on open-data and instantaneous social media communication. The Center for Homicide Research examined the issue of whether new forms of media follow best practices for reporting on and providing information on homicide. Researchers hypothesized that traditional media would more closely follow the public health model of homicide reporting relative to nontraditional media. This research highlights some of the risks of poor reporting on homicide, including bias in the criminal justice system, entrenched residential segregation, and public misinformation on the causes and realities of violent crime. We conclude that the highest quality homicide data sources and coverage still come from the top traditional journalism outlets.

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Intimate Partner Homicide-Suicide: The Role of Media in Depicting Life-Ending Events

By: Susan McCormick Hadley, Associate Researcher, PhD, MPH

A special program of the Center for Homicide Research involves the opportunity to become an Associate Researcher. This allows serious academic researchers to obtain the technical and material support of the Center for select independent projects. Susan McCormick Hadley, a student at Fielding Graduate University, pursued her doctoral dissertation with us during the 2013-14 year. Professionally, Ms. Hadley is from the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, and is an adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota’s School of Medicine. The full title of her completed dissertation is, “Intimate Partner Homicide-Suicide: The Role of Media in Depicting Life-Ending Events: The Role of Media in Depicting Life-Ending Events, Along with an Analysis of the Prevalence and Geographic Distribution of these Events.”  The Center is in the process of making this report available.

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Behavioral Patterns in the Body Disposals of Female Intimate-Partners

By: Dallas S. Drake and Rachel L. Thrasher

This 14-page research report is “law-enforcement sensitive,” meaning that it is not available to the general public. Based on 150 homicide cases where female intimates were murdered and then disposed of (and later found), this report lays out a detailed account of how offenders disposed of bodies or human remains. Common and uncommon patterns were identified and a strategy for how to use this information is included in the report. Results indicate a probability search area depending on various identified aspects of your current case. Cases included wives, estranged wives, ex-wives, girlfriends, estranged girlfriends, ex-girlfriends, and partners. In all cases a male offender killed a female intimate, and that victim was missing for 24 hours or more prior to being located.

To obtain a free copy of this report, contact the Principal Researcher at, or call 612-331-4820612-331-4820.  The report will be make available to city, county, state, or federal law enforcement investigators.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Civil Rights: A Public Policy Agenda for Uniting a Divided America

Edited by: Wallace Swan

A new book is due out in September of 2014 called, “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Civil Rights: A Public Policy Agenda for Uniting a Divided America.” It is edited by Wallace Swan and published by Taylor & Francis. One chapter authored by Dallas Drake of the Center for Homicide Research is titled: “Understanding Economic Power Dynamics as a Method to Combat LGBT Homicides.” This double-length chapter details the role of class in helping create and maintain victimization among LGBT people. Pre-ordering is available from the publisher or on

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Teachers with Guns: Firearms Discharges by Schoolteachers, 1980 – 2012

By: Sarah A. Buck, Erica Yurvati, & Dallas S. Drake

Following the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the National Rifle Association proposed arming schoolteachers as a means of confronting and preventing such tragedies. The Center’s study identifies 30 instances prior to the proposal that involve a schoolteacher discharging his/her weapon, though not necessarily on school grounds. Most incidents involved intentional, unlawful discharges.

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

Handbook of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Administration and Policyedited by Wallace Swan

© 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 Swan, was published in January 2004.

Drake and other contributing authors worked with Swan for more than two years to develop this comprehensive resource. Contributors include leading policy makers and researchers from across the United States. The book addresses issues of criminal justice and homicide in the GLBT community (by Drake/Swan and Drake respectively), human rights laws, transgender rights, health, and issues of youth and aging in the GLBT community.

The title of the homicide chapter is “Confronting and Managing GLBT Homicide and its Associated Phenomena.” Drake’s two chapters in Handbook represent significant areas of research at the Center: homicide in the GLBT community and criminal justice issues. Both chapters provide a solid foundation for understanding of these unique issues for readers and policy makers.

The 360-page Handbook of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Administration and Policy is available online at:
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