What Factors Influence Whether Homicide Cases Are Solved? Insights From Qualitative Research With Detectives in Great Britain and the United States

Fiona Brookman, Edward Maguire, Mike Maguire

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Abstract

A growing body of research examines factors that influence the likelihood of solving homicide cases. Much of this research emanates from North America and is based on quantitative analysis of police data. This article explores the views of homicide detectives, complemented by observations of investigations, in both Great Britain and the United States, regarding factors that affect the chances of solving homicides. Although we find some important differences between nations, the qualitative evidence suggests that the likelihood of solving even the most challenging homicide cases in both nations can be influenced by police agency at the individual and strategic level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalHomicide Studies
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • clearance rate
  • detection rate
  • detectives
  • homicide
  • homicide investigation
  • qualitative research
  • solvability
  • United States and Great Britain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Law

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