Across the Universe? A Comparative Analysis of Violent Radicalization Across Three Offender Types With Implications for Criminal Justice Training and Education

PI: Professor John Horgan

This project is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Justice. It is a collaboration with University College, London (Dr Paul Gill and Dr Noemie Bouhana). This award will produce a two-year program of research (January 2014-December 2015) to develop a series of studies comparing the behavioral underpinnings of three types of U.S.-based offenders since 1990: solo-terrorists, lone-actor terrorists, and individuals who engage in mass casualty violence but lack an ideological motivation. The project compares the developmental, antecedent behavioral and ideological factors that crystallize within the offender and are later expressed behaviorally via the offense itself. The research seeks to understand whether (dis)similarities are observable across these offender types and what the relevant implications are for law enforcement. By providing empirically informed and practitioner-oriented research, the project will deliver an evidential basis for informing multiple facets of investigative practice both within and across offense and offender types.