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  • Paperback: 219 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (June 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786431504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786431502
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,177,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Well-rounded approach to the phenomenon of mass murder...an excellent historical analysis...an informative study." --Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture

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Grant Duwe is supervisor of research and evaluation for the Minnesota Department of Corrections. His research has been published in Crime & Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, Homicide Studies and Western Criminology Review. He holds a Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice from Florida State University.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Brown on October 28, 2011
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A well written book covering the history of mass murder. Facts are interspersed with narratives of actual crimes making an easy yet informative read. Mr. Duwe writes in a non-biased manner, presenting the facts from his extensive study. It seems his only agenda is to present the results of his study, containing indisputable information that can not be found elsewhere. Mr. Duwe covers the incidents of mass murder from 1900-1999, not just the ones the media has chosen to show us. This book dispels some of the myths associated with mass murder and confirms others. It further explains why some experts, who only study incidents presented in the media, have reached false conclusions regarding their cause and prevalence. Mass murder seems to be on the rise as of late, but it is not a new phenomenon. This is a must read for any serious student of mass murder.
Andy Brown
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Mass Murder in the United States, Duwe

Grant Duwe has a Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice from Florida State University. He is the supervisor of research and evaluation for the Minnesota Department of Correction, and has published articles. There were a number of highly publicized mass murders in the fall of 1991. Why does this happen (‘Preface’)? The most common form of mass murder involves a man who kills his wife and children. [“Wisconsin Death Trip” tells about the 1890s.] It examines how the news media publicizes mass murder. The perception of multiple murders as a recent event is based on newspaper reports, not reality (‘Introduction’). The year 1966 saw the murder of nurses in Chicago then the shooting at the University of Texas at Austin. The phrase “mass murder” was changed to “serial murder” to distinguish these events (p.8).

Mass murder was nearly as common during the 1920s and 1930s as it has been since the 1960s (p.11). This 2007 book examines the 909 mass killings that occurred from 1900 to 1999. It considers the effects of social, cultural, political, and economic trends. Why do journalists, scholars, and other commentators make statements that are not based on facts (p.12)? They have a political agenda in pushing restrictive gun laws and have succeeded (p.13). Chapter 1 discusses the patterns and prevalence of mass murder. It does not include collective violence. About ten serial killers are caught each year (p.17). About 27 mass murders take place each year. Does this correlate to the economy (pp.18-19)? [The drop in the 1940s-1950s may correlate to the higher percentage of young men in the military.]

These killers are described (p.21). Revenge is the most common motive.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Quadrio on October 29, 2013
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The author does a good job of drawing the reader out to a wider focus than simply the public mass shootings of the past 40 years or so. The history that was provided though was a little dry, objectivity is great but I think good historical writing captures the reader a little more. The discussion of objectivist versus constructivist views of multiple homicide that came in the final substantive chapter was reasonably well argued, the author makes a fair case that a balanced view of the phenomenon under discussion takes account of both sides. I suspect that those who are theoretically committed one way or the other may see that as a fault.

In any case I do not regret the time I spent reading this book - but then I read many books.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Benyamin-zaito on July 10, 2013
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I know the author's name and was curious what he had to say. He has done a great job!

My friends read it too!
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