Part I OffensesThe Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) designates certain crimes as Part I or index offenses because it considers them to be the major crimes plaguing society in the United States. •Murder is the unlawful killing of one human being by another. In 1996, 19,645 murders came to the attention of police departments in the United States. First-degree murder is premeditated, deliberate criminal homicide. Second-degree murder is an intentional killing that is generally unplanned and may happen “in the heat of passion.” Firearms are the weapon of choice in most murders. •Forcible rape is “the carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.” Statutory rape differs from forcible rape in that it involves sex with a female who is under majority age. Forcible rape is the least reported of all violent crimes. •
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