Miller, T. Q., Heath, L., Molcan, J. R., & Dugoni, B. L. (1991). Imitative violence in the real world: A reanalysis of homicide rates following championship prize fights. Aggressive Behavior, 17 (3), 121-134.
Abstract: Reanalyzes D. P. Phillips’s (see record 1984-09809-001) data concerning an increase in homicides after prize fights. Reanalysis found that prize fight effect was spread over the 3rd and 4th day. Further analysis suggested that neither high order autocorrelation nor the addition of other control variables could explain the 3rd and 4th day homicide effects. However, the effect occurred only on the Saturdays following highly publicized prize fights. Phillips’ finding that Black homicide rates appear to vary according to whether the losing boxer was Black or White on the 5th day was also replicated. Two alternative explanations are suggested to account for Phillips’s findings. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)