Faculty Publications

Title

The psychology of suicide-murder and the death penalty

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Criminal Justice

Volume

27

Issue

4

First Page

361

Last Page

370

Abstract

To understand the dynamics of individuals who seek or are attracted to the death penalty as a form of suicide, one must first probe the dynamics of a related matter, the so-called murder-suicide syndrome. Following a review of the literature on murderers who killed themselves shortly after committing murder, a sketch of twenty-two cases of murderers in the United States who killed in hopes of getting themselves executed, is provided. In recognition of the primacy of suicide in some forms of homicide, the term suicide-murder is used instead of murder-suicide. © 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd.

Original Publication Date

1-1-1999

DOI of published version

10.1016/S0047-2352(99)00008-2

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