Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, students will be able to

6.1 Contrast the legal elements of murder and manslaughter.

6.2 Distinguish the difference between legal and medical death classifications.

6.3 Distinguish between preliminary and follow-up activities in homicide investigations.

6.4 Describe the role of the detective in homicide investigations.

6.5 Explain the role of medical examiners or coroners in death investigations.

6.6 List and discuss criminal homicide methods.

6.7 Discuss the importance of properly classifying suicide.

6.8 Devise investigative strategies to address challenges in homicide investigation.

6.9 Explain the challenges unique to cold case homicides.

6.10 Differentiate between serial and mass murder.