Homicide Center

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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Accidental Discharges by the Police

With the enactment of new laws and a national debate on whether teachers should be armed, the Center for Homicide Research examined the issue of accidental discharges by schoolteachers. Researchers found that one group of current firearm users were also experiencing accidental discharges – the police. Firearm advocates propose that...

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Sex Strikes: Boycotting Sex as a Homicide Prevention Tactic

Sex Strikes, or withholding sexual activity as a means of stopping homicide has been used around the world. Little has been written about this as a homicide prevention strategy, yet it has been enacted in many countries around the world. This brief pulls together information about its origin, implementation, and...

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INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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.