1st Edition

No-Body Homicides The Evolution of Investigation and Prosecution

By Mark Stobbe Copyright 2023
    210 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    210 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    No-Body Homicides: The Evolution of Investigation and Prosecution examines how police and prosecutors have become more successful in obtaining convictions for homicide when the remains of the victim are unavailable as evidence. Based on an examination of over 600 cases in the United States and Canada, this book shows the length some killers will go to avoid punishment and the determination of police and prosecutors to bring them to justice.

    For over 300 years, murderers in the United States and Canada could avoid prosecution by successfully disposing of the body of their victim. No-Body Homicides provides the reader with a historical overview of prosecutions in which a killer destroyed or hid the body of the victim. It explains why prosecutions were once extremely rare, and how legal, attitudinal, and technical changes have made them more common. The book also explores how the logic of no-body homicide prosecutions differs from body-present homicides. It allows police and prosecutors to draw on the accumulated experience of hundreds of prosecutions. For criminology students, it provides fascinating insights into the process of investigating and prosecuting homicides – as well as a glimpse into the motivations and practices of killers who are so determined to avoid punishment that they remove the bodies of their victims.

    No-Body Homicides will be of practical interest to police or prosecutors confronted with a missing person’s case that could be sinister. It is also written to be appropriate as a supplementary text in an undergraduate criminology class or for an aficionado of “True Crime.”

    1. Introduction
    2. Gone but Not Dead
    3. Opening the Door to Prosecuting No-Body Homicides
    4. "Till Death Do Us Part"
    5. Missing Are the Children
    6. Society's Expendables
    7. Killing in Volume
    8. Murder Incorporated and Its Imitators
    9. Midlife Crisis, Murder, and Body Disposal
    10. Deadly Synergies
    11. Black Box Explanations and Prosecuting No-Body Homicides
    12. Explaining Success
    13. Bodily Secrets
    14. "Only in Canada, eh?"
    15. Prosecutorial Misfires
    16. Results and Prospects for No-Body Homicide Prosecutions
    17. Appendix
    18. Index


    Mark Stobbe teaches Sociology at Lakeland College in Lloydminster, Canada. He is the author of The “Mr. Big” Sting: The Cases, The Killers, The Controversial Confessions and Lessons from Remand.

    "A very strong addition to a rapidly growing and evolving field of criminology: no-body murder investigations and prosecutions."

    Thomas A. (Tad) DiBiase, author of No-Body Homicide Cases: A Practical Guide to Investigating, Prosecuting, and Winning Cases When the Victim Is Missing