1st Edition - December 3, 2018

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  • Authors: Wayne Petherick, Natasha Petherick
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128125298

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Homicide examines the incidence and prevalence of homicide in major western nations, covering the biological, psychological and social roots of homicide from genetic and evolutionary perspectives, but also considering emotions and the influence of peers. Different types of homicide are discussed, with final chapters covering tactics for investigation and homicide prevention. Students and instructors in the areas of forensic science, sociology, criminology, psychology, psychiatry, justice and criminal justice at the university level will find this book to be a comprehensive resource, as will those researching homicide and related topics.

Key Features

  • Provides an up-to-date examination of homicide, including rates, causes and responses to from an international point-of-view
  • Includes multiple homicide types (serial, spree and mass), ideological homicide, and domestic and sexual homicide, amongst others
  • Uses historical and current research and theory on homicide from around the world


Students/instructors of courses in criminology, forensic criminology, psychology, forensic psychology, victimology, forensic victimology, psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, forensic science and criminal justice. Useful reference for those researching homicide or related topics

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. Biological Roots of Homicide
    3. Psychological Roots of Homicide
    4. Social Roots of Homicide
    5. Single Homicides
    6. Serial Homicides
    7. Spree and Mass Homicides
    8. Domestic Homicides
    9. Sexual Homicides
    10. Ideological Homicides
    11. Killing by the State
    12. Investigating Homicide
    13. Preventing Homicide

Product details

  • No. of pages: 341
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: December 3, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128125298

About the Authors

Wayne Petherick

Wayne Petherick is Associate Professor of Criminology at Bond University in Australia. Wayne’s areas of interest include forensic criminology, forensic victimology, criminal motivations, criminal profiling, and applied crime analysis. He has worked on risk and threat cases, a mass homicide, stalking, rape, and a variety of civil suits involving premises liability and crime prevention. He has presented to audiences in Australia and abroad, and has published in a variety of areas including social science and legal works in the areas of criminal profiling, expert evidence, stalking, serial crimes, criminal motivations, and victimology. Wayne is co-editor of Forensic Criminology, and editor of Profiling and Serial Crime: Theoretical and Practical Issues, now in its third edition.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Criminology, Faculty of Society and Design, Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Natasha Petherick

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