African Americans and Serial Killing in the Media

  title={African Americans and Serial Killing in the Media},
  author={Anthony Walsh},
  journal={Homicide Studies},
  pages={271 - 291}
  • A. Walsh
  • Published 1 November 2005
  • History
  • Homicide Studies
There were many expressions of shock and surprise voiced in the media in 2002 when the “D.C. Sniper” turned out to be two Black males. Two of the stereotypes surrounding serial killers are that they are almost always White males and that African American males are barely represented in their ranks. In a sample of 413 serial killers operating in the United States from 1945 to mid-2004, it was found that 90 were African American. Relative to the African American proportion of the population… 
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