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Criminal Justice/ Special Topics, CRJU 410-001: Crimes of Passion

Crimes of passion, violent crimes, serial crimes, victims and offenders. This libguide will help you find the information that Bowie State University has to offer for this course.

Definition of Crime of Passion

crime of passion An unpremeditated murder or assualt committed under circumstances of great anger, jealousy, or other emotional stress. 


  • From the Dictionary of Criminal Justice 4th ed by George E. Rush which can be found in the Reference section of the Library Call# REF HV 7411 R87 1994

In the Collection

Sexual forensics : lust, passion, and psychopathic killers / Don Jacobs and Ashleigh Portales. Santa Barbara : Praeger, 2014.
Call Number HV6053 .J33 2014
Summary: Provides a fascinating examination of "neurotruths" that are relevant and applicable to 21st-century parenting and social relationships, and explains workplace "brainmarks" that enable predictive solutions to practical problems. Author Don Jacobs, a researcher who has been studying psychopathy for over 25 years, describes how psychopathy has evolved as a brain condition, documenting how the vast majority of the spectrum represents normalcy, and only 20 to 30 percent of humankind characterizes corruptors or violent, pathological individuals. The book examines examples of individuals who have demonstrated significant achievement, influence, wealth, or corruptive behavior in differently abled profiles, and provides student autobiographies that enable rare scientific insights into the adolescent state of mind.
Contents: Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Sexual forensics -- Degrees of pedigrees -- Screaming red flags -- Sexual forensics and the neurospectrum -- The "psychopath alarm" and why it fails -- The story behind the story -- Passionate brainmarks -- Modulating brainmarks -- Neuroglia, paralimbic system, and "the gut" -- Two puberties and what men know, but don’t know -- Giving it a go with a psycho -- Je ne sais quoi -- Evolution of the pfc -- Neurotruth -- Epilogue: corruptive psychopaths -- Bibliography -- Index.
Subjects - Crimes of passion.

Examples of Crimes of Passion

Washington Post, The, Jan 12, 2007 Section B03 
Public Help Sought In Slaying Of Woman

D.C. police sought the public's help yesterday in solving the slaying of an Adams Morgan woman who was stabbed this week. Venezuela native Gabriela Jose Lopez, 29, was discovered Tuesday night in the bathtub of her apartment in the 1900 block of Columbia Road, police said. Detectives believe she knew her attacker and that the killing may have been domestic in nature, said Capt. C.V. Morris, head of the department's Violent Crimes Branch.  

"It looks like a crime of passion," Morris said. "Stabbings usually are."

There were no signs of forced entry into her seventh-floor apartment and nothing was stolen, authorities said. The apartment building, Gelmarc Towers, is in the heart of the Adams Morgan entertainment district. Police believe Lopez had been dead at least a day when they discovered her. For the past four years, Lopez worked as a paralegal at an immigration law firm in Arlington. Her family lives in Venezuela. Manuel Rivera, her employer, said yesterday that Lopez was a smart, professional woman who generally kept to herself.

 "She was kind of reserved, kind of private," Rivera said. "You had to ask questions to find out things about her."  

He said one of the few things he knew about her personal life is that she liked to take tango lessons. Police were alerted to Lopez's death by a co-worker who went to visit her after she had not been to work for two days or answered her phone. The co-worker found Lopez's apartment door unlocked, saw the body and then flagged down a police officer, police said. Morris said detectives have interviewed several people but were not close to an arrest.

The Sun (Oct 21, 2003), p. 1.B Author: Stephine Desmon
Case underlines rarity in Md. of death penalty for women;
Trial in Frederick County killings gets under way

Abstract: Today, a fairly ordinary round of jury selection is expected in the murder trial of [Sonya Marie Daniels], 26. But the case is hardly an ordinary one for Maryland: In a state where no woman has been sentenced to die in nearly two decades - where there is no record of a woman being executed for more than a century - Daniels could receive the death penalty if convicted. Authorities say Daniels tried to kidnap Deanna Marie Prichard and her infant, Makayla Ann Frost, from the street outside their Discovery Boulevard home. When mother and baby wouldn't get in the van, Daniels is alleged to have shot them.