Someone with access to firearms is three times more likely to commit suicide and nearly twice as likely to be the victim of a homicide as someone who does not have access, according to a comprehensive review of the scientific literature conducted by researchers at UC San Francisco. The meta-analysis, published online Jan. 20, 2013, in Annals of Internal Medicine, pools … [Read more...] about Access to guns increases risk of suicide, homicide
A "devastating" number of hate crimes are committed by people closer to home than many would like to believe, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Leicester. Harrowing examples of these crimes include disabled individuals being tipped from wheelchairs, human excrement being posted through letterboxes at homes and guide dogs being attacked in the … [Read more...] about Devastating number of hate crimes are committed by friends, colleagues, carers of victims
A popular myth about serial killers is that they are all motivated by sex. Although sex is a motive for approximately half of all serial killers, it is typically found in conjunction with other motivations such as anger, power and control or monetary gain. Hedonist lust killers are a glaring exception to this rule. Sex is the primary motivation for hedonist lust killers … [Read more...] about Hedonist Lust Killers must feed their insatiable hunger
Researchers at Sam Houston State University have found a genetic characteristic that interacts with childhood adversity to predict higher rates of crime in an incarcerated sample. The study is the first in a series that will examine contributions of genetic and environmental variations to criminal behavior. Published in Psychiatric Genetics, this study examines the role of … [Read more...] about Genes, Adversity linked to Crime in Incarcerated Sample
Information about the personality makeup and motives of mass shooters is usually slow to dribble out. Security and privacy issues make it difficult to learn a great deal about these individuals until a fair amount of time elapses and sometimes not even then. One thing we do hear in nearly every case is that the shooter was a "loner". This aspect of his personality is … [Read more...] about Mass Shooters: are they Loners by Choice?