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Homicide Case Studies
Real World Assessment and Decision-making

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ISBN 9780367457044
December 28, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
88 Pages

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Book Description

Homicide Case Studies is a first-of-its-kind text offering readers more than 30 case studies drawn from real-world homicide cases that include the often-overlooked context and complexities faced by victims, offenders, law enforcement, attorneys, jurors, and correctional personnel.  

From investigating different forms of homicides to deciding what charges should be filed, weighty decisions about homicide cases must be made by professionals. This book provides nuanced scenarios and critical thinking questions that put readers in the role, giving them the ability to apply what they’ve learned to make well-thought-out and just decisions concerning each case. Students learn through the Andragogical approach fostering an individualized learning experience that bridges the academic–professional gap—finally providing an answer to the question "when am I going to use this?" 

This book is ideal for undergraduate and graduate students in criminal justice, as well as scholars, policymakers, and others with an interest in rich and complex world of criminal homicide. 

Table of Contents


Introduction: Causes and Correlates

Chapter One - Types of Homicide

1 One Last Run
2 Baby Shoes
3 On the Way Home
4 Stick’em Up!
5 A Fast Motorcycle and a High School Bully
6 For Worse

Chapter Two - Homicide Investigations & Interrogations

7 Widow or Suspect
8 The Third Degree
9 I Just Wanted a Candy Bar
10 On the Way to Work
11 Death in an Elevator

Chapter Three - Juvenile Homicide

12 Hot Cheetos
13 Who’s to Blame?
14 A New Breed of Bully
15 It Can’t Be
16 Brotherly Love

Chapter Four - Legal Homicide & Wrongful Death

17 Death and Dignity
18 Little Town, Little Liquor Store
19 Death on the Loading Docks
20 First Solo Call
21 Sorority Blues

Chapter Five- Courts, Corrections, & Homicide

22 Equal Justice
23 Big Box Store, Low Price Prosecution
24 A Good Healthy Lunch
25 I Was Too Busy
26 Statute of Murder

Chapter Six - Current Issues in Homicide

27 A Peaceful Mountain Town
28 The Color of Justice
29 Nine Minutes
30 A Different Kind of Terrorism
31 The Cops Are After Me!

Chapter Seven - Lessons Learned


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Kyle A. Burgason is an associate professor of Criminal Justice and Director of Graduate Education in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Iowa State University. His research interests include: policing, ethics in criminal justice, race and crime, criminological theory, structural and cultural context of violent crime and victimization, capital punishment, and optimal foraging theory’s applications to crime. His recent work appears in Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Crime Prevention and Community Safety, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Innovative Higher Education, SN Social Sciences, and International Journal of Law and Psychiatry.

Mark Ruelas is currently a Ph.D. student in Sociology and Criminal Justice at Iowa State University. He re-tired from law enforcement in Southern California after serving for 25 years. Mark earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Economics from California State University, Bakersfield and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Irvine. He is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute. Mark is a Marine Corps veteran and was awarded the Medal of Valor at his agency.

Thomas Zawisza is an assistant professor at Lasell University. His main research interests include using eye-tracking technology as a medium to study burglar target selection, investigating distance and direction of crime and victimization, and how non-disastrous natural phenomenon affects crime patterns, such as the relationship between weather patterns and crime and solar eclipses and calls for service. His most recent works appeared in the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, Crime Prevention and Community Safety, and in the Journal of Contemporary Criminology.