Contract Killings in Australia

Authors:  Jenny Mouzos and John Venditto

Publication Date:  2003

Abstract:  This report presents the findings of a study of contract and attempted contract killings in Australia. The study was conducted jointly by the Australian Institute of Criminology through its National Homicide Monitoring Program and the Major Crime Investigation Branch, South Australia Police. The report examines 69 completed and 94 attempted contract killings in Australia between 1 July 1989 and 30 June 2002, and discusses the factors that differentiate successful and unsuccessful contract killings; the characteristics of attempted and completed killings, including who the victims and principal instigators are; typologies of contract killings, including why contract killers are sought; and the nature and level of police intervention in preventing the completion of contract killings. The implications of the findings for policing and policy are also discussed.

Full Citation:  Mouzos, Jenny, and John Venditto. ‘Contract Killings in Australia’. Public Policy Series. Australian Institute of Criminology, June 2003.

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