Arson Homicides in Chicago: Searching for Glitter in Ash

Dallas Drake, Minnesota Gay Homicide Study
Carolyn Rebecca Block, Illinois Crim Justice Info Authority

Although arson-associated homicides are infrequent, they often prove to be very difficult and costly cases to investigate, solve, and prosecute. Further, most arson data is based on juvenile populations, thereby providing little applicable data for adult homicide incidents. Using data from the Homicides-in-Chicago data-set, a quantitative analysis is conducted to determine basic patterns and trends, with consideration for future research, and possible implications for the criminal investigation.

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Updated 05/20/2006