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Author(s) Palermo, George B.
Ross, Lee E.
Year 1999
Title Mass Murder, Suicide, and Moral Development: Can We Separate the Adults from the Juveniles?
Published in International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Vol. 43, No. 1
Pages 8–20
DOI 10.1177/0306624X99431002
Abstract Mass murder—the sudden, explosive killing of a group of people—when committed by adults often is followed by the offender committing suicide. Recently in the United States, frequent cases of mass murder are reported as committed by adolescents. However, among juvenile mass murderers, there are no reported suicides (or attempts) by the offenders. This article provides a typology of mass murderers and offers a dynamic interpretation of the development of conscience and moral decisional capacity in adult and juvenile offenders. Preventive measures are explored along with methodological techniques that may distinguish between adult and juvenile mass murderers in their propensity to commit suicide after the events.
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