Lucardie, R., & Sobsey, D. (2005). Homicides of people with developmental disabilities: An analysis of news stories. Developmental Disabilities Bulletin, 33(1), 71-98. Retrieved July 15, 2009, from PsycINFO database.
Over the past decade, there has been increased interest in crimes against people with developmental disabilities (PWDD). While national and international information has been available on homicides of people in general, little attention has been given to homicides of PWDD specifically. This paper provides a preliminary description of homicides as they affect PWDD. Through content analysis, 1128 media cases of homicides of PWDD involving 1967 deaths were examined. Seven groups implicated in these deaths were identified: acquaintances, caregivers, family members, government representatives, roommates, strangers, and those who could not be identified given the information provided. For those PWDD who could be identified by age and gender, the majority killed were male and four years of age or younger. Individuals responsible for the deaths of PWDD were predominantly male, with the exception of the Family group. The deaths of PWDD primarily resulted from neglect, burns, beatings, shootings, and asphyxia. Discussion examines media presentation of homicides, research on homicide, models of violence and aggression, and prevention. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)(from the journal abstract)