Homicide Where It Is Least Expected

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While print and broadcast media are filled every day with homicide accounts, the general public seems most disturbed by crimes attributed to individuals who otherwise seem "normal." Murders by those perceived to be historically non-violent often appear to erupt with no warning whatsoever. Dr. Moffatt argues that certain key predictors of a predisposition to violence are usually present. Citing case studies of workplace, school, and domestic homicides, he debunks the myth that these murders happen "out of the blue." He also includes valuable information on predicting and preventing future tragedies.

This book explains why friends and colleagues who knew the perpetrators of violence overlooked or misunderstood warning signs, and it addresses the role that mental illness often plays in such crimes. Chapters are devoted to homicide in the workplace, domestic homicide, stalkers who kill, and homicide by children, including an entire chapter on the Columbine High School shooting. Using his experience as an educator, researcher, and clinician, Dr. Moffatt demonstrates how to identify the historically non-violent murderer through a process of risk assessment before a crime is committed. He also describes seven common mistakes people make that have resulted in one or more deaths.

Table of Contents

-- Introduction
-- Homicide--Its Many Forms
-- Violence and Mental Illness
-- Homicide in the Workplace
-- Homicide at Home: Domestic Violence
-- Stalking
-- Homicide by Children, Part I
-- Homicide by Children, Part II: Columbine
-- Assessment of Risk for Homicide
-- Intervention and Prevention of Homicide
-- Seven Mistakes that Cost People Their Lives
-- Conclusions
-- Bibliography
-- Index


"In this book, Blind-Sided: Homicide Where It is Least Expected, Gregory Moffatt offers us a compelling and often frightening examination of the senseless violence that persistently plagues American society. Using a mosaic of timely case studies, the author confronts and exposes the stark realities of unexpected, often inexplicable acts of murder that so profoundly devastate its victims and ultimately redefine our culture. However, Moffatt's book is much more than an expose of homicide. It is also a practical, understandable guide to intervention and prevention, offering us workable techniques that can save lives. Insightful and well written, Blind-Sided is an important book that should be read by anyone who is concerned about the kind of extreme violence that has become our unwitting, silent partner in contemporary America."
-- Michael D. Kelleher/Author of When Good Kids Kill, (Greenwood, 1998)

"Blind-Sided will help readers know that they need never be blind-sided themselves. Gregory Moffatt affirms that like every creature on earth, we can receive warnings before violence. You may not agree with every word he writes, but you will get a clear and compelling understanding of homicide from a master observer of human behavior."
-- Gavin de Becker/Author of The Gift of Fear

"Here is a book that focuses on homicides by `historically nonviolent' persons and serves as a guide to intervention and prevention....[T]his extrememly interesting book describes various techniques (e.g., watching for clues, not ignoring warning signs) that all persons can learn in order to keep from being 'blind-sided' themselves by seemingly unpredictable tragic events. Strongly recommended for public and academic libraries." -- Book Review/Library Journal

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