Motives for Murders

The most important yet complicated and sometimes even unknowable aspect of a homicide is what compels one person to take the life of another.

In cases of unsolved or unresolved, the “why” is often a matter of conjecture or speculation formed by law enforcement, the legal system, or public opinion based on the evidence and circumstances.

Below are motives that provoked killers who took the lives of victims featured on this website. Click on a name below to read the victim’s story.
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☛ Argument ☚

☛ Argument (Political) ☚

☛ Assassination (Personal) ☚

☛ Avoiding Arrest ☚

☛ Becoming Free of Spouse ☚

☛ Black Hand Vendetta ☚

☛ Bootlegging Intrigue ☚

☛ Bullying ☚

☛ Business Quarrel ☚

☛ Chinese Tong Vendetta ☚

☛ Collateral Damage ☚

☛ Concealing a Botched Illegal Abortion ☚

☛ Concealing Criminal Activity ☚

☛ Concealing a Secret From the Past ☚

☛ Drinking Party Gone Wrong ☚

☛ Drug Trade Intrigue ☚

☛ Drunken Aggression ☚

☛ Drunken Mob Action ☚

☛ Drunken Quarrel ☚

☛ Elimination of Husband to Obtain Wife ☚

☛ Elimination of Witness ☚

☛ Family Dispute Concerning Incest ☚

☛ Family Dispute, Ongoing ☚

☛ Family Jealousy ☚

☛ Family Neglect and Abuse ☚

☛ Family Quarrel ☚

☛ Grudge ☚

☛ Hit and Run ☚

☛ Home Invasion ☚

☛ Infanticide ☚

☛ Jealousy ☚

☛ Jealousy/Avoiding Responsibility for Pregnancy ☚

☛ Land Dispute ☚

☛ Lonely Hearts Scam ☚

☛ Love Triangle ☚

☛ Lover’s Quarrel ☚

☛ Mistaken Identity ☚

☛ Mob Hit ☚

☛ Obtaining an Inheritance ☚

☛ Psychopathy, General ☚

☛ Psychopathy, Mass Murder ☚

☛ Rage ☚

☛ Resisting Being Removed From Train ☚

☛ Revenge for Blackmail ☚

☛ Revenge for Seducing and Abandoning ☚

☛ Revenge for Snitching ☚

☛ Robbery ☚

☛ Robbery Gone Wrong ☚

☛ Romantic Entanglement ☚

☛ Romantic Obsession ☚

☛ Rumor of Large Amount of Money Hidden in the Home ☚

☛ Sexual Psychopathy ☚

☛ Sociopathy, General ☚

☛ Spousal Abuse ☚

☛ Spousal Elimination to Avoid Alimony ☚

☛ Teenage Sociopathy ☚

☛ Termination of Pregnancy/Love Triangle ☚

☛ Unknown ☚

☛ Vigilantism ☚

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