Pledges to Harm
14 pledges to harm in American English
Data types: Written
Associated AIFL centres: Centre for Forensic Text Analysis (FTA)
License: Non-Commercial Government Licence for public sector information
8 non-realized pledges to harm, where no real-world violence was attempted, totaling 1,552 words. 6 realized pledges to harm, where real-world violence was attempted, totaling 2,638 words. 10 of the 14 were authored between 2014-2016. The earliest text is from 1998. All are written in some variety of American English. None are transcribed speech. Each is an authentic forensic text. This dataset was first compiled for the following PhD research: Hurt, M. (2021). Pledging to Harm: A Linguistic Analysis of Violent Intent in Threatening Language (Doctoral dissertation, Aston University). Link: https://publications.aston.ac.uk/id/eprint/43031/1/HURT_MARLON_DAVID_159237892_2020.pdf Non-realized Pledges to Harm: ‘Archangel Michael’, Jake Brahm, Ebony Dickens, Kayla McKelvey, ‘LA Unified’, Elliot Rodger (Non-realized), ‘Skyline’ ,Gilberto Valle Realized Pledges to Harm: Alex Hribal, Kip Kinkel, Gavin Long, Elliot Rodger (Realized), Dylann Roof , Tyrelle Shaw NOTE: All non-standard language use (e.g., misspellings, incorrect lexical choice, unusual syntax, spacing, and punctuation) has been left intact in all the texts herein. All texts are written in some variety of American English.
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