Randolph Roth


On his book American Homicide

Cover Interview of August 29, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“History holds the key to understanding why America is so homicidal.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“One of every 142 children born today will be murdered—one of every 460 white girls, one of every 158 white boys, one of every 112 nonwhite girls, and one of every 27 nonwhite boys.”

On the second:

“State breakdowns and political crises of legitimacy produce surges in nondomestic homicides; the restoration of order and legitimacy produces declines in homicides.”