Situational Clustering in Homicide

Wendy C. Regoeczi, Cleveland State University
Terance D. Miethe, University of Nevada - Las Vegas

ABSTRACT
Using narrative accounts of homicides in St. Louis, the present study examines the extent and nature of situational clustering in homicides. We explore the nature of internal consistency in the major themes and sequencing of events that underlie several major types of homicide situations (e.g., instrumental homicides involving strangers, intimate partner homicides, expressive assaults of non-family members). The methods of analytic induction and qualitative comparative analysis are used to identify the amount of commonality in these themes and sequences within each homicide subtype. The results of this study are then discussed in terms of their implications for understanding homicide situations and the utility of current typologies of homicide situations.

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