A Contemporary Comparison of U.S.and German Homicide: Houston, Texas and Baden-Wurttemberg

Victoria B. Titterington, Sam Houston State University
Volker Grundies, Max-Planck-Institute

A series of recent research projects have examined the dynamics of criminal homicide in Houston/Harris County. These have included comparisons to other cities (i.e. Chicago) and to county-level studies (BJS, 1993), regarding (1) the legal disposition of homicide cases, based upon the victim-offender relationships, (2) spousal sex ratios of killing, and (3) intimate partner homicide risk for women from partners who are not their children's biological fathers. The proposed round table presentation/discussion takes these earlier projects a step further by focusing upon research conducted during the summer of 2002, via the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law. This research compares the dynamics of homicide between Houston/Harris County and the State of Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany; areas proximate in geographic size, yet culturally quite different.

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