Patterns of homicide in East St. Louis

Adam M. Watkins, Scott Decker

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    Existing research examining recent homicide trends is dominated by studies of national, cross-national, state, or large-city homicide patterns. Often absent from this research are studies exploring homicide trends in smaller U.S. cities. This study addresses the absence of such research by examining patterns of homicide in East St. Louis, Illinois, from 1976 to 2002. More specific, this research examines whether recent homicides trends in East St. Louis are comparable to national homicide trends. Current findings uncover similarities between the United States and East St. Louis in recent homicide patterns, but important differences are revealed that caution against categorizing homicide trends as corresponding to all U.S. cities.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)30-49
    Number of pages20
    JournalHomicide Studies
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Feb 2007


    • Disadvantaged community
    • Disaggregate homicide trends
    • East St. Louis
    • Small city

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
    • Psychology (miscellaneous)
    • Law


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