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									                                                                                                                    Crime Facts Info
  No. 74                                                                                                                                11 May 2004

                                                                           Contract killings

Joint research by the Australian Institute of Criminology and South Australia Police Major Crime Investigation Branch has
examined 163 attempted and completed contract killings in Australia between the period 1 July 1989 and 30 June 2002.
The research showed that the motive of the instigator varied between attempted and completed contract killings. The
most common motive for attempted contract killings was the ‘dissolution of a relationship’ (n = 28) followed by ‘money’
(n = 17) and ‘silencing of witnesses’ (n = 17). Of the completed contract killings where the motive of the instigator was
known, the most common motive was criminal networks (n = 15). In such cases, the murder is committed in the furtherance
of a criminal enterprise or to facilitate criminal behaviour. Typically a killing is ordered in relation to organised crime,
against a rival drug trafficker or member of an established criminal network to silence them from interfering with business.


                            Typology of contract killings (attempted and completed) in Australia


                       30     28           Attempted of f ences (n = 94)                             Completed contracts (n = 69)


                       25


                       20
                                                            17                                    17
                                                                                                                                              16
              Number




                                                                                                                    15
                       15
                                                                                                                                         12
                                               10                                          10
                       10                                        9
                                                                                7
                                                                                       6
                                                                                                       5
                       5           3                                        3                                                       3
                                                    1                                                                        1
                                                                                                                0
                       0
                             Dissolution      Other         Money      Drug-related   Revenge   Silencing of    Criminal     Other      Unknow n
                                of a         domestic                                           w itnesses     netw orks
                            relationship




SOURCE: Mouzos J & Venditto J 2004. Contract killings in Australia Research and public policy series no 53 Australian Institute of Criminology Canberra


Abstract available on AIC web site: http://www.aic.gov.au/publications/rpp/53/index.html




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