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Grant Duwe on Wednesday's Access Utah

Criminologist Grant Duwe told public radio’s Here & Now program in 2013 that mass murder rates and mass public shootings have been on the decline. He said that 0.2 percent of all homicides in the U.S. are mass murders, and of those, 10 percent are mass public killings, such as those in Newtown and Aurora.

Duwe said “I think it’s important for everyone to understand the cases that receive extensive coverage, that those aren’t the only mass murders that take place within the U.S.  Within a given year, there are about 30 mass murders that occur in this country.” He says that the more common mass murder occurs when a male head of household kills his partner and his children, then himself.  In the wake of the San Bernardino and other mass shootings, we’ll ask Grant Duwe to provide context and review some of the history on Wednesday’s Access Utah. We’ll talk mental illness, guns, media, and much more.  




Grant Duwe is director of research for the Minnesota Department of Corrections and author of the 2007 book “Mass Murder in the United States: A History.”

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.