To Flee or Not: Post-Killing Responses Among Intimate Homicide Offenders in Hong Kong

Homicide Studies, Vol. 14 (4): 400-418

Posted: 28 Aug 2012 Last revised: 21 May 2019

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Roderic Broadhurst

Australian National University (ANU); ANU Cybercrime Observatory

S. Beh

The University of Hong Kong

C. Chan

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: March 10, 2010

Abstract

Among 112 homicides involving sexual intimates that occurred in Hong Kong between 1989 and 2002, 38% (N=42) of offenders remained voluntarily at the homicide scene, 21% (N=24) committed suicide, 20% (N=22) escaped and denied involvement, 13% (N=14) disposed or hid the body of their victim, and 9% (N=10) escaped but later voluntarily surrendered. This study used police investigation reports, coroner’s reports, witness statements, and other relevant documents to compare these five types of post-killing behavior. The type of response can be explained by the offender’s characteristics, the strength of attachment to the victim and, situational factors. The offender’s prior criminal conduct or history of violence was not significant in predicting the type of post-killing response.

Keywords: intimate partner homicide, post-killing responses, crime scene behavior, Hong Kong, China

Suggested Citation

Broadhurst, Roderic and Beh, S. and Chan, C., To Flee or Not: Post-Killing Responses Among Intimate Homicide Offenders in Hong Kong (March 10, 2010). Homicide Studies, Vol. 14 (4): 400-418. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2136717

Roderic Broadhurst (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

ANU Cybercrime Observatory ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

S. Beh

The University of Hong Kong

Pokfulam Road
Hong Kong, Pokfulam HK
China

C. Chan

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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