The Unique Challenge of Serial Murder (orig. 04/2004, revised 2012)

All homicide cases represent their own set of investigative and administrative challenges for the police departments who must close them.  Although each police department’s administration may be slightly different, many aspects of murder investigation are similar and even standard.  Serial murder, however, is a unique crime, with unique characteristics, that often spans the boundaries of a single jurisdiction. Continue reading

The United States of Leland: Crime Theory (orig. 11/04)

Criminology has developed extensively since its humble beginnings in the 1800’s. Old theories have been expounded upon and new theories of crime have developed. There has been special interest in violent crimes, especially crimes involving violent juvenile offenders including juvenile murderers. Continue reading

Resident Evil 2: The Film as a Political Text (orig. 3/2005)

(As the title suggests, this  is a re-post of a paper that I wrote in college and had posted on a previous blog.)

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Resident Evil 2: The Film as a Political Text

The basic storyline for Resident Evil 2: Apocalypse (and its science fiction/horror prequel, the 2002 film Resident Evil) spawned from a popular role playing, blood and guts, zombie-killing video game. However the film reflects more than simply pop culture’s idea of entertainment. Resident Evil 2 also serves as a political text, in that it reflects our culture’s view of science and the role of science and technology within society. Continue reading