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Hidden Victims
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America is fascinated with murder, as evidenced by the media's elaborate and often sensational coverage of homicides, the plethora of recreated television crime programs-such as America's Most Wanted and Unsolved Mysteries-and the number of high-grossing films and best-selling novels that revolve around murder plots. We love to be afraid and we love to hate offenders. Murderers, particularly those sentenced to death, we consider to be unusually heinous, often sub-human, and entirely different from the rest of us. In Hidden Victims , sociologist Susan F. Sharp challenges this culturally ingrained perspective by reminding us that those individuals facing a death sentence, in addition to being murderers, are brothers or sisters, mothers or fathers, daughters or sons, relatives or friends. Through a series of vivid and in-depth interviews with families of the accused, she demonstrates how the exceptionally severe way in which we view those on death row.

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xv
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  1. Chapter 1: Introduction: The Death Penalty, Victims’ Families, and Families of Prisoners
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Chapter 2: Dealing with the Horror: “We’re Sentenced, Too”: Families of Individuals Facing a Death Sentence
  2. pp. 17-23
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  1. Chapter 3: Trying to Cope: Withdrawal, Anger, and Joining
  2. pp. 24-47
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  1. Chapter 4: The Grief Process: Denial and Horror, the BADD Cycle (Bargaining, Activity, Disillusionment, and Desperation)
  2. pp. 48-84
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  1. Chapter 5: Facing the End: Families and Execution
  2. pp. 85-99
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  1. Chapter 6: Aftermath: Picking Up the Pieces
  2. pp. 100-110
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  1. Chapter 7: “But He’s Innocent”
  2. pp. 111-130
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  1. Chapter 8: Double Losers: Being Both a Victim’s Family Member and an Offender’s Family Member
  2. pp. 131-141
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  1. Chapter 9: Family after the Fact: Fictive Kin and Death Row Marriages
  2. pp. 142-161
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  1. Chapter 10: The Death Penalty and Families, Revisited
  2. pp. 162-177
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  1. Chapter 11: Conclusion
  2. pp. 178-184
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  1. Appendix A: Death Row Visitation Policies (Social/ Family Visits)
  2. pp. 184-186
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  1. Appendix B: Interview Schedule for Initial Interviews
  2. pp. 187-188
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  1. Appendix C: Demographics of Interview Subjects
  2. pp. 189-192
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 193-206
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 207-218
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 219-224
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 225
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