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Sunday, February 4, 2007

CrimProf Jimmy Gurule Comments on Manhole Murders

Gurule_1From University of Notre Dame International CrimProf Jimmy Gurule rececently commented on the uniqueness of the unsolved manhole case in which Jason Coates, 29; Michael S. Nolen Jr., 40; Michael Lawson, 53; and Brian G. Talboom, 51, were all killedin what now have been labeld homicides.

Murders, according to CrimProf Jimmy Gurule, primarily are committed at the hands of close acquaintances or in the heat of the moment.

"It's very uncommon," Gurule said of the manhole case. "These killings do not fit the typical pattern (of homicide)."

About one-third of all homicide assailants are acquaintances, according to data from the Bureau of Justice statistics. Spouses and family members make up about 15 percent of victims nationwide, the report says. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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