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Types of Murder - Chapter Summary
This self-paced criminology chapter examines several types of murder, including serial, felony, second degree and third degree murder. As you work through the chapter, you'll encounter concise definitions and memorable examples that help you understand various murder laws, cases and statistics. Following each lesson is a short quiz that allows you to check your understanding of the material. You can submit questions to our instructors and study on any computer or mobile device. When you're finished with the chapter, you should be able to:
- Compare and contrast first degree, second degree and third degree murder
- Define and share examples of capital and felony murder
- Discuss cases and statistics associated with serial murder
- Differentiate between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter
1. What Is First Degree Murder? - Definition, Punishment & Examples
This lesson will teach you about what constitutes first degree murder. We'll initially review the definition of first degree murder. Then, we'll examine the punishment for the commission of the crime. Finally, we'll review a couple of examples.
2. What is Capital Murder? - Definition & Cases
There are different types of murder charges in the United States. This lesson will define capital murder and examine two capital murder cases as well as the laws the cases are based on.
3. What Is Felony Murder? - Definition, Rule & Doctrine
Some states use a felony murder doctrine, which allows a person to be convicted of murder when that person didn't mean to kill, but was committing another felony. This lesson explains the felony murder doctrine.
4. Serial Murder: Definition, Cases & Statistics
Serial murder captures imaginations with its sheer terror. How can one person kill a number of other people in cold blood? In this lesson, you'll learn about what defines serial murder, some characteristics of serial murderers, and some major cases.
5. Second Degree Murder: Definition & Law
What constitutes second degree murder, and why does it matter what a killer's state of mind is when he or she kills? How does second degree murder differ from first degree murder? Learn the answers to these questions in this lesson.
6. Third Degree Murder: Definition & Law
How does third degree murder differ from murder in the first or second degree? What does it take for a person to be found guilty of third degree murder? Find out the ins and outs of this crime in this lesson.
7. Voluntary Manslaughter: Definition, Examples & Punishment
Learn what constitutes voluntary manslaughter. Review the definition of voluntary manslaughter and look at several examples. Finally, examine the punishment for voluntary manslaughter.
8. What Is Involuntary Manslaughter? - Definition, Examples & Punishment
Involuntary manslaughter will be discussed in this lesson. We will talk about different examples of involuntary manslaughter and discuss the types of punishment.
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Other chapters within the Criminal Justice 104: Introduction to Criminology course
- Intro to Criminology
- Crime Categories, Characteristics & Elements
- Measuring Crime through Criminal Justice Research
- Crime Patterns & Trends
- Victimization in Criminal Justice
- Rational Choice & Trait Theories in Criminology
- Social Structure & Social Process Theories in Criminology
- Social Conflict Theories & Restorative Justice
- Developmental Theories of Crime
- Overview of Violent Crime
- Types of Sex Crimes
- Basics of Property Crime
- Economic & Public Order Crimes
- Crimes of Moral Turpitude
- Political Crime & Terrorism
- Understanding Cyber Crime
- American Criminal Justice Systems
- Law Enforcement in America
- Punishment & Corrections
- Studying for Criminal Justice 104