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  • Mass killings happen randomly, yet rate has remained steady, study finds

    Illinois researchers Sheldon H. Jacobson and Douglas M. King found that mass-killing events in the United States have occurred at a steady rate for more than a decade, yet the method and timing are random.

    Illinois researchers Sheldon H. Jacobson and Douglas M. King found that mass-killing events in the United States have occurred at a steady rate for more than a decade, yet the method and timing are random.  

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  • Editor's note: To contact Sheldon H. Jacobson, call 217- 244-7275; email shj@illinois.edu.


    The paper “Random acts of violence? Examining probabilistic independence of the temporal distribution of mass killing events in the United States,” is available online. DOI: 10.1891/0886-6708.VV-D-16-00039