When Men Murder Women: An
Analysis of 1998 Homicide Data
Females Murdered by Males
in Single Victim/Single Offender Incidents
199 females were murdered by males
in Texas in 1998
The homicide rate among females murdered
by males in Texas was 1.99 per 100,000 in 1998
Ranked 12th in the United
Twenty-one female homicide victims (11 percent)
were less than 18 years old, and 14 victims (7 percent) were 65 years
of age or older. The average age was 34 years old.
Out of 199 female murder victims, 3 were American
Indian, 1 was Asian, 54 were black, and 141 were white.
For homicides in which the weapon used could be
identified, 57 percent of female victims (108 out of 190) were shot
and killed with guns. Of these, 73 percent (79 victims) were killed
with handguns. There were 31 females killed with knives or other cutting
instruments, 17 females killed by a blunt object, and 28 females killed
by bodily force.
For homicides in which the victim to offender
relationship could be identified, 93 percent of female victims (175
out of 188) were murdered by someone they knew. Thirteen female victims
were killed by strangers. Of the victims who knew their offenders, 63
percent (110 victims) were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends
of the offenders. Among the 110 female intimates murdered, 60 percent
(66 victims) were killed with guns; 71 percent of these (47 victims)
were shot and killed with handguns.
For homicides in which the circumstance could be identified, 87 percent (156 out of 179) were not related to the commission of any
other felony. Of these, 79 percent (124 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and offender.
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