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Minerva Medicolegale 2003 December;123(4):179-92

language: Italian

Murders in Bologna (1980-2000)

Vasapollo D., Tudini M., Landuzzi F., Vercelli A.


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After having examined the necroscopic files in the archives of the Institute of Forensic Medicine of Bologna and articles from local newspapers in the period between 1980-2000, the authors found 167 victims of murder. This figure was compared with cases from other provinces: in the last 10 years, although below the national average, there has been a substantial increase in murders, which can largely be attributed to murders of immigrants, something which did not exist in the previous decade. The typical profile of a victim can be drawn from the available data: male, between 20 and 30 years old, not married, indigenous, with a stable job. The most common motive is to be found in family relationships, which underlines how domestic crimes, or ''family crimes'', are still prevalent in Bologna. The principal weapon, as in areas similar to Bologna, is the firearm, although recently there has been an increase in knife-attacks. Finally, there were 18 cases of murder-suicide, with 23 victims, which were mostly female and usually very closely related with the perpetrator of the crime, almost always characterised by a previous period of co-habitation; broadly, jealously was the motive for such crimes. Finally, the profile of immigrant victims can be built: male, young, north-African, unmarried and unemployed, murdered with firearms.

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