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Homicide-Suicides in Romania

Statistical Data and Media Representations

Ecaterina Balica

This book examines homicide-suicides in a post-communist country in South-East Europe. It presents results regarding risk factors and particularities of homicide-suicides in Romania committed in the period 2002–2013.

The author analyses statistical data from legal records, police registers, and online newspapers discussing the way in which the victims and aggressors of homicide-suicides are represented. She completed the data by investigating six penitentiaries in Romania regarding the risk factors specific to various types of homicide-suicide: intimate partner femicide-suicides, familicide-suicides, filicide-suicides and homicide-suicides committed by police officers.

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7. Media Representations of Homicide-Suicides Committed by Policemen

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The analysis of data regarding the cases of homicide-suicide in Romania showed the fact that a significant percentage of people who committed homicide-suicide were represented by policemen, military personnel and/or security agents (15 per cent). Almost all cases had as a purpose the murder of the life partner, but there were also some that had a victim’s superior military personnel or other people from the aggressor’s proximity. In the first part of the chapter I will present information regarding particularities, risk factors, motivations and characteristics of victims and aggressors. In the second part I will discuss the way in which the online press takes information about these cases and presents it in press articles.

Homicide-Suicides committed by police in Romania

Among the homicide-suicide cases registered in the Homicide-Suicides in Romania (2002–1013) database, I identified 20 cases committed by police officers and warrant officers, military personnel and agents of some protection and security services. Police warrant officers and officers (one retired) committed nine homicide-suicides. Military warrant officers and officers committed five homicide-suicides and security agents committed six homicide-suicides.

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