Getting away with murder: An examination of detected homicides staged as suicides
Ferguson, Claire & Petherick, Wayne (2016) Getting away with murder: An examination of detected homicides staged as suicides. Homicide Studies, 20(1), pp. 3-24.
Staged crime scenes involve an offender deliberately altering evidence to simulate events to mislead investigators. Despite likely occurring more often than reported in the literature due to success in offender deception, the exact frequency of staged crime scenes is unknown. In an attempt to bridge this gap, a legal database was searched for detected staged scenes. A total of 115 cases were examined, and this study reports on 16 staged suicides that were examined through descriptive analysis. Findings indicate the frequent involvement of firearms, hanging, or asphyxia; and that offenders are usually known to victims, although not necessarily intimately.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||criminology, staged crime scene, death investigation, murder, suicide|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Police Administration Procedures and Practice (160205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Criminology not elsewhere classified (160299)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2014 SAGE Publications|
|Deposited On:||26 Feb 2015 23:10|
|Last Modified:||18 Jan 2016 01:22|
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