A situated comparison of suicide and non-suicide terrorist plots and homicides in the United States, 1990-2014

This study compares suicide and non-suicide incidents in the United States by analyzing data from the U.S. Extremist Crime Database (ECDB) on terrorist incidents committed by extreme far-right (FR) and radical Islamic terrorists between 1990 and 2014. Drawing from Situational Crime Prevention (SCP),...

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Published in:Crime & delinquency
Main Author: Gruenewald, Jeff (Author)
Other Authors: Klein, Brent R. (Author); Parkin, William S.
Format: Electronic Article
Language:German
Published: 2019
In:Crime & delinquency
Year: 2019, Volume: 65, Issue: 9, Pages: 1187-1217
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
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Summary:This study compares suicide and non-suicide incidents in the United States by analyzing data from the U.S. Extremist Crime Database (ECDB) on terrorist incidents committed by extreme far-right (FR) and radical Islamic terrorists between 1990 and 2014. Drawing from Situational Crime Prevention (SCP), we investigate whether suicide incidents are more likely than non-suicide incidents to be directed at secure targets and to utilize firearms. Findings reveal that suicide terrorism is significantly more likely to be committed against secure targets and similarly likely to involve the use of firearms in comparison with non-suicide terrorism. In addition, suicide terrorism is more likely to be committed by lone actors, radical Islamic terrorists, and result in fatalities. Implications for terrorism prevention are discussed.
ISSN:1552-387X
DOI:10.1177/0011128718796461