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Wolfgang's Footprints:Guest Editor's Introduction

Wolfgang's Footprints Guest Editor's Introduction RICHARD ROSENFELD University of Missouri-St. Louis This special issue of Homicide Studies marks the 40th anniversary of Marvin E. Wolfgang's (1958) classic study of urban homicide, Patterns in Criminal Homicide. I am pleased to have had the oppor- tunity to serve as editor of a collection of articles dedicated to the study of homicide in the "Wolfgang tradition." Well into the process of putting the issue together, Marvin Wolfgang died. What had begun as a professional commemoration inevitably became a more personal reflection on Wolfgang's contributions to criminology and the study of violence. James Fox, Margaret Zahn, Richard Block, and Carolyn Block offer a glimpse of Wolfgang's personal influence on students, colleagues, and friends. Wolf- gang quite obviously was a demanding teacher and supportive mentor as well as a gifted researcher, and his intellectual and insti- tutional impact had rich personal sources. An important part of Wolfgang's legacy is institutional: the creation of a professional association devoted to the study of homicide and its sponsorship of a professional journal, the devel- opment of the Chicago Homicide Data Set, and a growing number of urban homicide projects across the country. Recently, the National Consortium http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Homicide Studies SAGE

Wolfgang's Footprints:Guest Editor's Introduction

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Wolfgang's Footprints Guest Editor's Introduction RICHARD ROSENFELD University of Missouri-St. Louis This special issue of Homicide Studies marks the 40th anniversary of Marvin E. Wolfgang's (1958) classic study of urban homicide, Patterns in Criminal Homicide. I am pleased to have had the oppor- tunity to serve as editor of a collection of articles dedicated to the study of homicide in the "Wolfgang tradition." Well into the process of putting the issue together, Marvin Wolfgang died. What had begun as a professional commemoration inevitably became a more personal reflection on Wolfgang's contributions to criminology and the study of violence. James Fox, Margaret Zahn, Richard Block, and Carolyn Block offer a glimpse of Wolfgang's personal influence on students, colleagues, and friends. Wolf- gang quite obviously was a demanding teacher and supportive mentor as well as a gifted researcher, and his intellectual and insti- tutional impact had rich personal sources. An important part of Wolfgang's legacy is institutional: the creation of a professional association devoted to the study of homicide and its sponsorship of a professional journal, the devel- opment of the Chicago Homicide Data Set, and a growing number of urban homicide projects across the country. Recently, the National Consortium
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