Newspaper Reports of Police and Military Murder-Suicide Incidents

24 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2016

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Christopher Charles

University of the West Indies

Gleasia Reid

University of the West Indies (Mona), Department of Government, Students

Date Written: August 21, 2016

Abstract

This study examined the interaction of some contextual and personality factors that influenced policemen and soldiers to commit murder-suicides. Authoritarian personality theory framed the study. Jamaican newspaper databases were searched for murder-suicides committed by the security forces. Content analysis of the 11 news stories found revealed contextual factors such as gender – all perpetrators were males and nearly all the primary targets females; age – the perpetrators were older than all the primary targets; occupational status and job rank – the perpetrators were in higher status occupations or in higher job ranks than most primary targets; domestic situations – the perpetrators and the majority of targets were domestic partners. These authoritarian men believed in conventionalism, authoritarian submission and authoritarian aggression. They experienced relationship problems and challenges from partners including some who terminated the relationship. These stressors triggered 11 incidents that killed 26 persons (17 targets and nine perpetrators) and injured two others over 18 years.

Suggested Citation

Charles, Christopher and Reid, Gleasia, Newspaper Reports of Police and Military Murder-Suicide Incidents (August 21, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2827340 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2827340

Christopher Charles (Contact Author)

University of the West Indies ( email )

Kingston
Kingston 7
Mona, Mona Kingston 7
Jamaica

Gleasia Reid

University of the West Indies (Mona), Department of Government, Students ( email )

Mona
Jamaica

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