Taking a Long Time to Die: A Study of Time Between Homicide Injury and Death

Marc Riedel, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

Approximately 20% of homicide victims in California die of their injuries one day or more after the attack. The purpose of this study is to compare the characteristics of those that are victims of homicide attacks, but take one or more days to die from the attack, with those that die immediately. Data for this study are taken from California Linked Homicide file which contains case-by-case linkage of law enforcement and vital statistics for 32,163 homicides in California from 1990-1999. Victims who die immediately, within two days, or longer will be compared on the following variables: weapon, location, age, gender, victim/offender relationship, marital status, and education.

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Updated 05/20/2006