When the Bough Breaks: Multiple-Victim Domestic Within a Familial Setting

Amelia Davies, Auburn University
Thomas Dailey, Auburn University

Homicides that occur in a domestic setting make up a small percent of the total number of homicides committed, but have a larger amount of statistical and operational differenes. The purpose of this study is to look at the occurrence and types of multiple homicides in the domicile setting, when those who are killed are the spouse and child/children of the offender. Also we will develop several statistically based demographics and correlations that will be used to more adequately describe these occurrences. Presented is the amount of familial homicides occurrences are compared to the rate of multiple homicides in general, as well as the correlation between previous domestic violence and familial homicide. The later gives an indication to the previous amount of violence in the household, and can be used to better explain the dynamics of the offender-victim relationship. Other factors in the victim/offender relationship are also presented such as variation of weapon type and circumstance. The greatest benefit of this study is the increased understanding that has been seen in the relationship between those who commit familial homicide and their victims, and also hopefully the types of people who are most likely to commit such a crime.

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Updated 05/20/2006