Victim Precipitated Criminal Homicide
In many crimes, especially in criminal homicide, the victim is often a major contributor to the criminal act. Except in cases in which the victim is an innocent bystander and is killed in lieu of an intended victim, or in cases in which a pure accident is involved, the victim may be one of the major precipitating causes of his own demise.
KeywordsNegro Male Proportional Difference Male Victim Police File Female Offender
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- vi.Vi Ibid., p. 425. The term “cause” is here used in a legal and not a psychological sense.Google Scholar
- vii.In order to facilitate reading of the following sections, the victim-precipitated cases are referred to simply as VP cases or VP homicides. Those homicides in which the victim was not a direct precipitator are referred to as non-VP cases.Google Scholar
- viii.Of 588 victims, 228, or 39 percent, were stabbed; 194,or 33 percent, were shot; 128, or 22 percent were beaten; and 38,or 6 percent, were killed by other methods.Google Scholar
- ix.ix Only 550 victim-offender relationships are identified since 38 of the 588 criminal homicides are classified as unsolved, or those in which the perpetrator is unknown.Google Scholar
- x.The diagonal line represents “killed by”. Thus, Negro male/Negro male means a Negro male killed by a Negro male; the victim precedes the offender.Google Scholar
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