Author(s) Petee, Thomas A.
Padgett, Kathy G.
York, Thomas S.
Year 1997
Title Debunking the Stereotype: An Examination of Mass Murder in Public Places
Published in Homicide Studies, Vol. 1, No. 4
Pages 317–337
DOI 10.1177/1088767997001004002
Abstract Much attention has been devoted in the past several years to public incidents of mass murder. Events such as the shooting on a Long Island commuter train in 1993, the massacre in Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, in 1991, or the seemingly numerous workplace homicides have received intensive media coverage and public interest. As a consequence, a stereotype of mass murder has emerged that may or may not be very accurate. This study examines incidents of mass murder that occurred in public settings in the United States between 1965 and 1995 to more closely scrutinize both the events and the offenders involved.
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