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Motivation to Kill: The Relationship between Motive and Weapon Choice in Homicide

Abstract The purpose of this study is to examine the factors that influence the choice of weapon in homicide. The study focuses on three research questions using data from Newark, New Jersey: what is the most commonly associated weapon with each motive? What factors influence the use of a particular type of weapon in a homicide? How does the method of weapon retrieval, or lack thereof, affect the choice of weapon? The cross-tabulation findings revealed that domestically-motivated homicides are most likely to be committed with knives and blunt objects; and drug-, gang-, dispute-, revenge, and robbery-motivated homicides were most likely to be committed using a firearm. The logistic regression demonstrated the method of weapon retrieval, the mode of ... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Pelletier, Karissa R. (Author) / Pizarro, Jesenia M. (Advisor) / Decker, Scott (Committee member) / Telep, Cody (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Criminology / Homicide / Lethal Violence / Method of Weapon Retrieval / Motivation / Weapon Choice
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 60 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Criminology and Criminal Justice 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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