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5 Homicide Stud. 3 (2001)

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                Editor's   Introduction


As conversations at the last Homicide Research Working Group
meeting revealed, I am not the only one a bit stunned that Homi-
cide Studies is entering its fifth year of publication. Based on the
articles appearing here and those set for future issues, it promises
to be an interesting year.
  This first issue of Volume 5 opens with an article by Sean Pat-
rick Varano and Jeffrey Michael Cancino. In An Empirical Analy-
sis of Deviant Homicides  in Chicago,  they explore patterns
among  homicides  that depart from the typical victim-offender
relationships that characterize most murders. Employing   the
well-known   Chicago homicide  data set, Varano and  Cancino
focus on whether  those persons  involved in what  have been
called deviant homicides are likely to display certain characteris-
tics, most especially weak ties to prominent social institutions.
Finding results that support this hypothesis, the authors suggest
that understanding the sometimes subtle nuances of homicide sit-
uations will require even finer disaggregations of victim-offender
relationships than are generally used in most  contemporary
research efforts.
  Martin  Daly, Margo  Wilson, Catherine  A. Salmon,  Mariko
Hiraiwa-Hasegawa, and Toshikazu Hasegawa follow with
Siblicide and Seniority, an article that uses an evolutionary per-
spective in exploring patterns of siblicide. Analyzing data from
Canada,  Chicago, Great Britain, and Japan, Daly et al. find a
cross-national pattern of younger siblings killing older siblings to
exist, although Japanese siblicides are less likely to display this
pattern. The pattern is especially pronounced in the other coun-
tries when the analysis is restricted to the most dominant cate-
gory, adult males. Interestingly, neither birth order nor span of age
disparities show unique patterns. The authors consider the role of
sibling rivalry in explaining their findings and discuss implica-
tions of the long-recognized struggle for power and authority
between  brothers. In addition, they speculate on possible cultural


HOMICIDE STUDIES, Vol. 5 No. 1, February 2001 3-4
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