Homicide Center

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The Center for Homicide Research has the following resources to offer:

The Homicide Investigator’s Intensive Study Program

Investigators looking for an opportunity to advance their understanding of the phenomenon of homicide have a new opportunity at the Center for Homicide Research. The Center now offers an individualized, intensive study program tailored to meet the needs of both experienced and new homicide investigators. This program is called the Homicide Investigator’s Intensive Study Program. For more information, please visit the program’s page.

Research Reports

The Center for Homicide Research has developed several technical research reports on topics related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) homicide. The Center may research topics by request. The Center is interested in learning about other types of information which would be useful to criminal justice agencies. For more information, please visit the Research page.

Detecting Case Linkage

The Center for Homicide Research has the most complete data-set on LGBT homicide in the United States with over 2,400 incidents identified. Using our databases, the Center may be able to determine whether similar cases exist.

Case Review

For many investigators, gay culture is not their forte. The Center can provide a fresh perspective on LGBT homicide cases and provide unique insight to assist in active investigations of LGBT or suspected LGBT homicide cases.

Reference Resources

The Center has many resources available on the topics of homicide and LGBT homicide, particularly hate-crime homicide. Center researchers can provide bibliographies of books, research reports and articles. The Center can also provide references to experts within various fields relating to gay homicide.

Prosecutorial Strategies

Prosecuting LGBT homicide cases can be a daunting task. The Center can provide you with information about what to expect during a case, including types of defense strategies used in the other cases and whether they have been successful. The Center can also provide insight into motive and criminal intent. Depending on the type of homicide committed, the Center may be able to provide investigative direction.

Fact Sheets

Several fact sheets have been assembled related to LGBT homicide.


The Center can explain the different types of LGBT homicide and discuss current knowledge about who commits which type and why. Types of offence can relate to means, manner and motivation.

LGBT Cultural Questions

For those who have never encountered a LGBT homicide case before, the Center can answer questions relating to gay cultural practices or inter-group relations.

Research Technical Support

Perhaps you have a question for which no research currently exists and are planning to conduct research on a topic related to gay homicide. The Center can assist with defining and framing your research questions, or can direct you to experts or agencies that can assist.

Offender Status and Monitoring

Information on status of convicted or suspected offenders in gay homicide cases is available. Information about prior crimes may be accessed for investigative purposes. This information may help locate a particular offender in the event you are conducting your own research program. This information is accessible for law enforcement or credentialed research institutions only.

Countering LGBT Political Pressure

One of the most difficult tasks encountered during an investigation may be political pressure. A community may perceive that police are not doing enough on a LGBT homicide case. The Center can provide ideas to help you boost your department’s credibility and help your agency to increase the quality of its community relationship with the LGBT community.

For more information about any of these resources, please contact Dallas Drake via email.


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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