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OSU Researcher: Trust in Government a Predictor of Homicide Rate

Ohio State History Professor Randolph Roth and his colleagues reviewed four centuries of murders in the U.S. and Western Europe and came to some unexpected conclusions about why the homicide rate rises and falls.

One of the great things about scholarship is, in Roth's words, "if you work hard, reality always surprises you."

His research links the homicide rate to people's views of their government . and each other

Ohio State History Professor Randolph Roth is the author of "American Homicide," published this year by Harvard University Press.