The Dynamics of Murder: Kill or Be Killed

R. Barri Flowers

November 26, 2012 by CRC Press
Reference - 355 Pages - 42 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439879733 - CAT# K13741


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    • Presents a thorough study of the crime of murder in America, including theories and explanations
    • Examines serial murders and their impact on society
    • Looks at the phenomenon of workplace and school shootings and related dynamics
    • Examines intimate and intrafamilial murder
    • Discusses the relationship between the Internet and murder
    • Presents case studies of actual murders
    • Includes a full range of tables and figures to greater illustrate the themes covered


    In recent years, there has been a surge in school shootings, workplace homicides, hate violence, and deadly terrorist attacks in the United States. This has resulted in a greater focus on homicidal behavior, its antecedents, ways to recognize warning signs of at-risk victims and offenders, and preventive measures. It has also led to increased efforts by lawmakers to create and pass tough crime legislation as well as improved federal, state, and local law enforcement response to murder and other violent crimes. The Dynamics of Murder: Kill or Be Killed is a multifaceted probe of murder offenses, offenders, victims, and characteristics of homicide in American society.

    This book breaks new ground in homicide studies by examining issues generally ignored or neglected among researchers. Topics include murders occurring in the workplace and in schools, those perpetrated by gangs and terrorists, those incited by bias, and intimate and intrafamilial murders. The book discusses sexual killers, serial and mass murderers, and suicide. It also examines psychological and sociological theories on murder and violence, as well as the increasing role the Internet plays in these crimes.

    Case studies of actual murderers are included, including serial killers Gerald and Charlene Gallego, mass murderer Byran Koji Uyesugi, the murder/suicide case of Sahel Kazemi, and the intrafamilial murders committed by Charles Stuart and Sarah Marie Johnson. A comprehensive exploration of the crime of murder in American society, this fascinating study is an essential resource for researchers, criminologists, and other professionals in a wide range of disciplines.