Instrumental Gain or Expressive Rage: Characteristics of Robbery in Homosexual Homicides

Dallas Drake, Minnesota Gay Homicide Study

Researchers and law enforcement personnel allege homosexual homicide victims are frequently victimized by robbery. Using the FBI's Supplemental Homicide Reports, a quantitative analysis is undertaken to describe victim and offender characteristics and to compare heterosexual and homosexual robbery-homicide incidents. For greater detail and as a comparison, data is also extracted from the Homicides in Chicago 1965-1995 dataset. Key questions will be addressed about the high rate of robbery-related death in homosexual cases and about the unusual role those robberies might play. Problematic conceptual issues and questions for future research will be presented.

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