Death Threat Makers

  • Stephen J. Morewitz

This chapter focuses on the risk factors of death threat makers (DTMs) who threaten to kill their partners, friends, acquaintances, and strangers and how physicians can conduct an emergency evaluation of DTMs.

MacDonald (1968) sampled a group of 100 patients admitted to the Colorado Psychiatric Hospital for making death threats. His sample is unique since it represents a set of individuals who were hospitalized in a psychiatric facility because they were thought to pose a threat to themselves or others. The DTM characteristics and risk factors identified by MacDonald may differ from those of other investigators who studied homicidal threats using nonpsychotic subjects.

Research on the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of persons who make death threats is limited, and may under certain circumstances reflect the characteristics of the DTMs’ community and may not necessarily be associated with an increased risk of making death threats. Below is a description of the demographic...


Partner Violence Gang Member Virginia Tech Death Threat Median Annual Household Income 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen J. Morewitz
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  1. 1.San FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.TarzanaUSA
  3. 3.Buffalo GroveUSA

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