Keppel, Robert D., and Joseph G. Weis. IMPROVING THE INVESTIGATION OF HOMICIDE AND THE APPREHENSION RATE OF MURDERERS IN WASHINGTON STATE, 1981-1986. Compiled by Robert D. Keppel, Washington State Attorney General's Office, and Joseph G. Weis, University of Washington, Center for Law and Justice. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1993. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06134.v1
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Date of Collection:
Unit of Observation:
For Part 1: victims of murder, for Part 2:
offenders, and for Part 3: incidents of murder.
Murders occurring in Washington State from 1981 to 1986.
This data collection is constructed from the
Homicide Investigation Tracking System (HITS), a computerized database
maintained by the state of Washington. HITS was designed to (1)
provide law enforcement officials with information regarding incidents
of murder, (2) provide analysis of these incidents such as links
between victims, offenders, and cases, and (3) provide investigators
with resources, including names of experts and technical assistance in
investigating such cases.
The HITS database consists of murder cases, both
solved and unsolved, occurring in Washington State between 1981 and
1986. Incidents tracked include murders, attempted murders, missing
persons when foul play is suspected, and unidentified persons believed
to be victims of murder. The system relies on law enforcement
agencies in Washington State to submit information voluntarily to HITS
investigators. This data collection consists of information on solved
murder cases only.
Solved murder cases occurring between 1981 and 1986 from
the state of Washington's HITS database.
official crime records
Description of Variables:
Collected data include crime evidence, victimology,
offender characteristics, geographic locations, weapons, and
Presence of Common Scales:
Extent of Processing: ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of
disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major
statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to
these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:
Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.