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  • In 2008, there were over 16,000 homicides in the United States (the most current estimate). Aggravated assaults were 51 times more frequent (839,240) than homicides. Homicides, called murder and non-negligent manslaughter by the FBI, referring to the willful killing of another human being. Aggravated assaults are attacks or attempted attacks on another. A charge of aggravated assault can also be made where there is no weapon, but injury results. Furthermore, the majority of murder victims and offenders are people 18 years of age and older. Most victims and offenders are males. The same pattern is found for aggravated assault victims: 18 and over, and males. Aggravated assault victim rates for age are more refined than murder rates: the highest rate for aggravated assault victims is in the age range of 20 to 24.When comparing the percent of murder victims (Table 4.1), there is very little difference between white and black victims (48.2% vs. 47.8%). However, this is a misleading comparison because blacks represent only 18.9% of the population. If rates are used, which corrects for population differences, the rate for black victims is 20.6 per 100,000, which is more than six times higher than the white rate (3.3 per 100,000). This is apparent in aggravated assault victimization data: white victimization is 3.7 per 1,000 while black victimization is 5.2 per 1,000.Many statistics imply that lifestyle has an impact on aggravated assault victimizations. The lowest rates occur in households with an income above $75,000 (2.9 per 1,000), while the highest rates are for households with incomes less than $7,000 (13.3 per 1,000). Similarly, people who are married (2.9 per 1,000) or widowed (0.6 per 1,000) have lower rates of aggravated assaults than those who report never being married (9.2 per 1,000) or who are divorced or separated (8.8 per 1,000).You should pay attention to the theoretical explanations of these violent crimes. These theoretical perspectives include Symbolic Interaction and Subcultural Theories. In chapter 5, Robbery is the focus. Robbery is one of the most feared crimes in cities, not only because of its relative frequency but also because of its psychological and physical consequences for victims.• Robbery rates recorded by the NCVS have fluctuated over time, reaching peaks in 1974, 1981 (the recorded high), and 1994.• Robbery rates have decreased sharply since 1994 (Figure 5.1). From 1994 to 2008, robbery rates decreased 65% (from 6.3/1,000 to 2.2/1,000).• An estimated 551,830 robberies occurred in 2008, accounting for 11% of all violent crime victimizations (Rand, 2009).• Over a longer period of time (since World War II), however, robberies of banks and convenience stores have increased. The number of robberies of small branch banks has increased tremendously, possibly because these are often located in vulnerable areas, such as small malls in residential areas.The likelihood that a robbery victim will be killed is quite low—only 2.5 out of 1,000.• Injuries are common, but serious injuries are rare. About 26% of robbery victims suffer some physical injury during the robbery, but only 10.6% are injured seriously enough to require hospital care, and only 4.2% require inpatient hospital care (BJS, 2006).• Does the risk of injury increase with victim resistance? Intuition suggests so, but the evidence is not entirely clear.Robberies tend to be committed by young (66% younger than age 25) males (89%); about 57% of all offenders arrested in 2008 were black (FBI, 2009). Victims largely (not exclusively) match the same categories (Rand, 2009). Blacks were victimized (5.5 per 1,000) at more than three times the rate for whites (1.6 per 1,000).• Victimization rates were highest for those aged 12 to 15 (5.5 per 1,000) but were also high for ages 16 to 19 (4.8 per 1,000) and 20 to 24 (5.5 per 1,000).• Males were nearly twice as likely as females (2.7 v. 1.7 per 1,000) to be robbery victims.• Most robberies (43.1%) happened on streets or highways (FBI, 2009).• Much smaller percentages occurred at banks (2%), gas stations (2.6%), convenience stores (5.5%), or other commercial establishments (13.8%).In this chapter, you should also find that many theories can be applied to explain robberies (strain theory and differential opportunity theory, control theory, differential association theory, symbolic interaction theory, and routine activity theory). You may study their differences in explaining robberies.Interventions are discussed in both chapters 4 and 5. What will be your evaluations of those interventions introduced in these chapters?In this week, you will watch a video on a murderer case, you will write a short paper to respond to the content of the video.
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  • Topic 3 Commentary

    Conclusions provided in both chapters were excellent footnotes for these weeks’ topics. The popular ideas of violent crime control strategies are failed to control this crime if we examine the crime trend statistics. The authors’ conclusions encourage us to further examine these existing prevention/intervention strategies. What do you think after you study these chapters?

  • The Hillside Strangler 1/5

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  • Topic 3 video assignment transcripts (in case you cannot watch the video)

  • The Mind, Murderer, Topic 3 Assignment

    Video Assignment I: The Mind of a Murder Video Transcript for Ch. 4.
    This assignment is to ask you to prepare a writing to “analyze” a murder’s mind. So, this is not a summary. What you need to do is to download the attached file (video transcript) below, read through the video transcript, then use “concepts” you learned from this chapter and put down your analysis in writing. The more concepts you can apply, the higher points you may earn from this assignment.
    The transcript is about a mass murderer–Kenneth Bianchi, the man who came to be known as the Hillside Strangler. Please write 2-3 pages of analysis. Please notice that plagiarism examination is performed by the Blackboard program.
    Length: 2-3 pages.
    Please save your writing in a word document file and submit your file to this “assignment” link as an attachment by the deadline.Documentary Description:The Hillside Strangler is the media epithet for two men, Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono, cousins, who were convicted of kidnapping, raping, torturing, and killing girls and women ranging in age from 12 to 28 years old during a four-month period from late 1977 to early 1978. They committed their crimes in the hills above Los Angeles, California.

    Bianchi fled to Washington where he was soon arrested for raping and murdering two women he had lured to a home for a house-sitting job. Bianchi attempted to set up an insanity defense, claiming he had a personality disorder, and a separate personality from himself committed the murders. Court psychologists observed Bianchi and found that he was faking the illness, so Bianchi agreed to plead guilty and testify against Buono in exchange for leniency.

    Bianchi is serving a life sentence in the Washington State Penitentiary of the Washington State Department of Corrections in Walla Walla, Washington. Buono died of a heart attack on September 21, 2002, in Calipatria State Prison of the California Department of Corrections, where he was serving a life sentence.

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