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“Liars. They get under our skin. They betray our trust. They make us question whether we have misunderstood a situation, misinterpreted the meanings and actions of a person, or just plain missed the point.”

Learn who around you can be a liar, as well as how to spot or catch one. We also dive into extreme liars and why they do it.

Four weeks into Gallaudet University’s fall semester of 2000, a freshman smelled something funny coming from his friend, Eric Plunkett’s dorm room across the hall. Eric’s bloodied, broken, and battered body lie in the middle of the floor. Fear seized the close-knit, insulated world of Gallaudet’s deaf community, and the language barrier created chaos between police, media, and the Gallaudet community.

The United States has a long history of murders at schools and college campuses, some as far back as the mid-1800s.  There is all manner of homicides: students killing students, students killing faculty, and killers targeting students. The Jeanne Clery Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose information about crime near or on campuses. In rare cases, serial killers with a preference for young women found that colleges made the supply of victims a natural choice. Even small, close-knit communities like the Deaf community are not immune to crime, homicide, and serial murder. There are a number of issues that influence whether angst and frustration escalate into murder. Serial murderers have a unique constellation of factors that make them especially deadly. However, we need not all be victims. There are strategies college students can use to help keep them safe. The Last Class: The Killing of College Students by Murderers, Hearing and Deaf is a brief exploration of murder on college campuses and considerations for keeping safe.

The term familicide refers to when one family member kills another family member and sometimes all. Killing one’s family is considered taboo in society because of the social values we place on the family unit. There are underlying motivations that often cause a family member to kill one’s relatives. Sometimes the motivation is jealousy, revenge, financial gain, control, conflict, or to “save” a family member from suffering. Often in cases of familicide, the homicide is a result of domestic violence. Like family bonds, friendship is also valued by society. In both family and friend relationships, the common thread is support, companionship, belonging, and care. Thus, killing a friend is also considered taboo. There are many ideas about why people kill those to whom they feel closest. Aggression and violence are complex processes that are influenced by social factors, such as dysfunctional or abusive family histories. Mental illness can be at the root of murder, but usually, these cases are exceedingly rare. However, there are considerations that can help us from being harmed by a family member or friend. Taboo Deaths: The Murder of Family and Friends by Family and Friends is a brief exploration into the underlying reasons some murders are considered taboo and what we can do to help keep us safe.

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