Browsing All posts tagged under »murder«

Mass Murder Has A Gender

August 7, 2012 by


When the headlines start screaming about gunshots on campus, or a shooter on a rampage, we really don’t need anyone to stop and clarify that it’s a man. Of course it’s a man. It’s always a man. Except that one time, but otherwise, it’s always a man. So you might say that mass murder or […]

Earth Day’s Criminal Roots: Ira Einhorn

April 23, 2012 by


While today’s Earth Day celebrations might draw attention to the relatively new idea of environmental crime, the Day’s roots are inextricably linked with a domestic homicide in the 1970s. Contemporary organizers of Earth Day celebrations distance themselves as much as possible from Ira Einhorn, disavowing even a hint of a past relationship with him.  Regardless […]

In Defense of Gun Culture

April 11, 2012 by


A gun was used to murder my friend and classmate when I was in elementary school. That death haunted not only my childhood, but my college and adult years. In some ways, entering the criminal justice field as an adult was an attempt to resolve that powerful tragedy of my youth. I can still picture […]

Trayvon Martin’s Death and What it Says About Race, Privilege, and Homicide

March 21, 2012 by


Trayvon Martin’s death is inextricably bound up in his age, his hoodie, and his race. An older white woman, even in a hoodie, would not have been a likely target for George Zimmerman. But Trayvon, in his youth, his masculinity, and his racial identity as an African-American, fulfilled the stereotype of the unknown criminal offender. […]

Delectably Discriminating Dexter

March 9, 2012 by


Dexter is one of my favorite television shows. Ever. Of all time. My mother first excitedly told me about the show, “A blood-splatter analyst who is a serial killer.” I thought this sounds like an awful premise for a TV show. Little did I know that Dexter would prove to be way more than just […]

Distressingly Delightful Dexter

March 7, 2012 by


I like Dexter. I like the books, I like the show. And I don’t like myself much after having indulged the momentary pleasure in the snappy writing of Dexter’s internal monologue, the soap-opera style plotting, or the world’s most brilliant show intro. The eggs, the orange, and the floss all send a frisson of guilt-ridden […]

Who to Arrest in Prescription Drug Abuse? Maybe Doctors

March 6, 2012 by


Prescription drug abuse is the hidden side of substance abuse. Because the drugs are legally available, serve a legitimate purpose for the right patient, and safe usage guidelines are generally known, it’s easy to forget that they can be abused. Too, access to these drugs is easiest for the middle and upper classes, whites, the […]