Murder in the Ranks: Patterns of Homicides Committed by US Soldiers, WW II

J. Robert Lilly, Northern Kentucky University
Charles F. Klahm IV, University of Cincinnati

ABSTRACT
During the latter half of the 20th century sociological and criminological interest in the military grew, yet it did not create a readily recognizable body of literature. Today things appear to be changing. In addition to a number of recent articles and books on intra military crimes and various social sanctions that developed during post-war settings, publishers on both sides of the Atlantic have recently issued edited collections based on social science approaches to studying the military. This paper is a continuation of previous research on felonies committed by US soldiers in the European Theater of Operations (ETO), WW II. Earlier work focused on the official records of crimes and reported racial disparities found in patterns of rape in England, France and Germany, and in the patterns of punishment, including capital executions by the U.S. army. Here we report on the patterns of homicides committed by US soldiers against civilians and military personnel in the ETO, WW II.

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