About four times a day – every day – in these United States, by one estimate.
I blew the dust off my copy of Vernon J. Geberth’s “Practical Homicide Investigation,” a textbook for murder police that I purchased while working on “NYPD Blue.” Here’s the grim truth, as delineated by Mr. Geberth:
VERNON J. GEBERTH: The most common type of sex-related homicide originates from interpersonal violence. “Sexual domestic disputes” involve husbands and wives, men and women, boyfriends and girlfriends, boyfriends and boyfriends, girlfriends and girlfriends, and even on occasion siblings. They may also involve third party relationships, such as “love triangles,” former husbands and/or wives, and jilted lovers. ...
The motive in this category of slayings is most often based upon elements of rage, hate, anger, jealousy or revenge.
The psychological dynamics involved in such violent interpersonal disputes and assaults oftentimes present scenarios which involve violent actions and statements such as, “If I can’t have you then nobody will have you.” This is most common in sexual domestic dispute cases.
The woman petitions the court for an “Order of Protection.” The court order directs the man to stay away from the petitioner and refrain from any further harassment. The man becomes enraged with this attempt by the woman to “break the relationship.” This oftentimes culminates in a violent homicidal episode in which sexual aggression is evident in the crime scene.
An estimated 1,432 females were killed by intimates in 1992 according to the FBI’s Crime in the U.S. Female victims represented 70% of the intimate murder victims. Most of the women who are murdered in the United States are killed by former husbands, lovers, and friends. [Emphasis added.] ...
I remember [a] case in which the nude body of an apparent rape victim was found in a city park. Initially, it was believed that the victim had been raped at an undisclosed location, shot to death, and then transported to the park where the body was “dumped.” However, upon identification of the victim, it was ascertained that she had been missing from the day before.
Investigation revealed that she had been abducted by her estranged husband. He had kept her captive in his auto where she was repeatedly raped and subsequently killed when she refused to reconcile with him.