Reconstructing homicide events: The role of witnesses in fatal encounters

Scott H. Decker

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Examinations of homicide have used both micro and macro level data to account for the interaction between victims and offenders. Missing from such analyses, however, is an examination of the role of witnesses or third parties present at homicide events. These individuals may play a variety of roles in homicide events including instigating, mediating, escalating, or facilitating fatal violence. Using St. Louis homicides for the years 1985-1989, this study provides a classification scheme for the roles of witnesses in homicide events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)439-450
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Criminal Justice
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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