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Unformatted text preview: Introduction: The Phenomenon of Serial Murder 1) Give some examples of how serial homicide/serial killers are part of our culture. Can you think of any of your own to add to the text? 2) What factors explain the increase and decrease in murder figures? Where do serial murders fit into this? Table 1.2, U.S. Homicide Rates, ’87-’02 [Hichkey 2006:7] Early 1990s, # murders 25,000  Clearance rates decline from 93% in 1962 to74% in 1982, 54% in 1995 1999 began decline by 2002, number murders about 14,000 Economic growth  Low unemp  Jobs up , on 4 year high by 2004 Victim Rights Movement  Legal reforms 3 strikes laws, example stricter punishment chronic off # poiice Aging out process  Esp for viol offenders Some types homicides inc  Increase in stranger hom Overall 1/3 By 2004, increase Ex: LA, 60% murders not prosecuted annually; resp for certain % unsolved cases  Inc in serial murders Resp for some unsolved cases Inc in mass murders  Stimulate media attention  Several victims killed w/in short time interval  “inc from 1 case per month to 1 case every 10 days” [Hickey 200:8] While homicide in general dec, inc in mass murders Part of inc dep on how mass murder is defined...
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- Homicide Dr. Kelley