Exploratory analyses of crime-scene characteristics in cyber-related homicides

Gerard, F.J., Khachatryan, N. and Browning, B. 2020. Exploratory analyses of crime-scene characteristics in cyber-related homicides. Homicide Studies. 24 (1), pp. 45-68. https://doi.org/10.1177/1088767919868835

TitleExploratory analyses of crime-scene characteristics in cyber-related homicides
TypeJournal article
AuthorsGerard, F.J., Khachatryan, N. and Browning, B.
Abstract

Despite the alarming nature of homicides in which the offender meets the victim online, or cyber-initiated homicides, little empirical attention has been devoted to this phenomenon.
The present study was designed to explore the behavioral patterns found prior to and during a cyber-initiated homicide event. Data on 61 homicide cases from various countries were collected through news media and legal sources. Smallest space analysis revealed that cyber
homicides were characterized by four distinct themes: Excessive violence; fatal escalation; crime-related incidents; and predatory behavior. Implications of the findings and avenues for future research are discussed.

Keywordshomicide
cyber-initiated violence
luring
online modes of communication
predatory violence
conflict-related violence
JournalHomicide Studies
Journal citation24 (1), pp. 45-68
ISSN1088-7679
Year2020
PublisherSage
Accepted author manuscript
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1088767919868835
Publication dates
Published online13 Aug 2019
Published in print01 Feb 2020

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