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When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 1998 Homicide Data

Females Murdered by Males in Single Victim/Single Offender Incidents


Six females were murdered by males in Wyoming in 1998

The homicide rate among females murdered by males in Wyoming was 2.51 per 100,000 in 1998

Ranked 5th in the United States


One female homicide victim (20 percent) was less than 18 years old. There were no victims 65 years of age or older. The average age was 36 years old.


All 6 female murder victims were white.

Most Common Weapons

For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 50 percent of female victims (3 out of 6) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 67 percent (2 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 3 females killed by bodily force.

Victim/Offender Relationship

For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, all of the female victims (6 out of 6) were murdered by someone they knew. None of the female victims were killed by strangers. Of the victims who knew their offenders, 33 percent (2 victims) were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the offenders. Among the 2 female intimates murdered, both were killed with guns. One victim was shot and killed with a handgun.


For homicides in which the circumstance could be identified, 67 percent (4 out of 6) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 50 percent (2 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and offender.


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