Communicated threats and violence toward public and private targets: discerning differences among those who stalk and attack.

@article{Meloy2001CommunicatedTA,
  title={Communicated threats and violence toward public and private targets: discerning differences among those who stalk and attack.},
  author={J. Reid Meloy},
  journal={Journal of forensic sciences},
  year={2001},
  volume={46 5},
  pages={1211-3}
}
A computation of false positive and false negative rates concerning the probability that directly communicated written or oral threats predict subsequent violent behavior yields a striking difference between "public" and "private" targets. Among private targets, communicated threats appear to increase risk, but are so common that they have little predictive value. On the other hand, public targets are unlikely to receive a direct threat from those who approach to attack. The author suggests… CONTINUE READING

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