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1 Homicide Stud. 3 (1997)

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         Finally-A Journal Devoted
               to Homicide Studies

                     M. DWAYNE  SMITH
                  University of North Carolina-Charlotte
                        JAY CORZINE
                     University of Central Florida

                     A BRIEF HISTORY

  The setting could not have been better. A group attending the
1994 American  Society of Criminology meetings was dining at
Mango's  in Miami's trendy South Beach area on a balmy Novem-
ber evening. The pulsing beat of Latin rhythms drifted in from the
carnival-like atmosphere on the sidewalk  outside; decidedly,
though, the carnival was more Rio than mid-America.
  Talk at the table turned to the experience of Miami in the early
1980s, the so-called Miami Vice years, when homicide rates esca-
lated dramatically; then, almost inexplicably, they turned down-
ward. New  Orleans, speaking of carnivals, was then experiencing
the same escalation, but no one could predict when its homicide
rates might drop (the answer was by the next year). Washington,
D.C. entered the conversation, as did East St. Louis, then Detroit,
and a host of other U.S. cities.
  A  number  of ideas was bantered  about to account for the
similarities and oddities of these cities. In the end, there was
agreement only on one fundamental point: The study of homicide
is a complex  undertaking that makes  the search for answers
incredibly challenging. Unfortunately, we conceded, information
ranging from  the most recent research findings to significant
theoretical developments concerning homicide often is scattered
among  a diverse collection of disciplines and their corresponding
   The conclusion was inevitable: There was a definite need for
a journal devoted  exclusively to the study of homicide and
HOMICIDE STUDIES, Vol. 1 No. 1, February 1997 3-10
@ 1997 Sage Publications, Inc.

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