Homicide Center

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addressing the issue of homicide in our communities.
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The Center for Homicide Research aims 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 sexual and sex-related homicide, including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) homicide. Using the database of LGBT homicide which has over 3100 cases to date, the Principal Researcher can provide homicide investigative analysis and advice.

The Center can also construct investigational databases which can help with case linkage or to answer questions about specific crime scene behaviors. These datasets include approximately 200 cases or less, and are composed on the fly. This means they are quickly assembled. The raw data along with any required analysis are provided to the investigator, as is operating or technical documentation.

There is no charge for either of these services. If you feel that the Center can provide insight or information that would assist in a case, please contact Dallas Drake via email or by telephone at (612) 331-4820. The Center makes every effort to work with law enforcement violent crime investigators, or local and state prosecutors.


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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