35 females were murdered by males in Arkansas in 1998
The homicide rate among females murdered by males in Arkansas was 2.67 per 100,000 in 1998
Ranked 3rd in the United States
There were no female homicide victims less than 18 years old, but 3 victims (9 percent) were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 41 years old.
Out of 35 female murder victims, 21 were black and 14 were white.
Most Common Weapons
For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 59 percent of female victims (19 out of 32) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 74 percent (14 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 6 females killed with knives or other cutting instruments, 3 females killed by a blunt object, and 3 females killed by bodily force.
For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 97 percent of female victims (34 out of 35) were murdered by someone they knew. One female victim was killed by a stranger. Of the victims who knew their offenders, 68 percent (23 victims) were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the offenders. Among the 23 female intimates murdered, 52 percent (12 victims) were killed with guns; 67 percent of these (8 victims) were shot and killed with handguns.
For homicides in which the circumstance could be identified, 90 percent (28 out of 31) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 82 percent (23 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and offender.