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Does serious offending lead to homicide?: exploring the interrelationships and sequencing of serious crime.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>07/2008
<mark>Journal</mark>British Journal of Criminology
Issue number4
Number of pages16
Pages (from-to)522-537
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The inter-relationships between serious types of crime have been neglected. Focusing on those convicted of arson (n=45,915), blackmail (n=5,774), kidnapping (n=7,291) and threats to kill (n=9,816) in England and Wales (1979-2001), we examine the specialisation and sequencing of these crimes in relation to the risk of subsequent homicide. All four offences have a heightened likelihood of subsequent homicide compared to the general population. Arson, blackmail and threats to kill have a similar homicide risk (0.8%) after a 20-year follow-up; in contrast, kidnapping has a higher likelihood (1.0%). Sequencing is also relevant, with those convicted of more than one type of serious offence being at higher risk of a homicide conviction

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