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Publication Murder in Large Urban Counties, 1988

May 12, 1993    NCJ 140614

This BJS Special Report represents almost 10,000 prosecuted murder defendants and more than 8,000 murder victims in the nation's 75 most populous counties in 1988, accounting for about half of defendants arrested for murder during that year and  just under half of the nation’s murder victims. The study, which summarizes the circumstances of the murders, found that 80% of the murder victims knew their killers, 16% were related to their killers, and 52% had a romantic or social relationship with their murderers. About a third of the female victims and a tenth of the male victims were killed by a spouse or romantic partner. About 75% of the victims were male, just over half were black, and nearly half were ages 15 to 29.

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