Los Angeles has records that enable the study of the city's and county's homicide rates from the Mexican period onward. This article analyzes the four decades between 1830 and 1870. Although a sparsely populated region and city, the number and rate of homicides demonstrate levels of personal violence usually associated only with mining towns such as those studied by Roger McGrath. No single factor accounts for this violence,but transiency, weak law enforcement, and an elite tolerance for violence are all implicated.
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Research Article| November 01 2005
The author was a member of the history department at the University of California, Los Angeles, until his untimely death in May 2005. The editors join in the legions of colleagues and friends who mourn Eric's passing. An obituary will appear in a forthcoming issue.
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Pacific Historical Review (2005) 74 (4): 603–618.
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ERIC MONKKONEN; Western Homicide. Pacific Historical Review 1 November 2005; 74 (4): 603–618. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/phr.2005.74.4.603
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