Hate Crimes pp 89-98 | Cite as

Ridding the World of Evil

  • Jack Levin
  • Jack McDevitt


The rarest version of hate crimes consists of an attack carried out by individuals with a mission; they seek to rid the world of evil by disposing of the members of a despised group. In the hatemonger’s view, all outgroup members are subhumans, either animal or demon, who are bent on destroying his culture, his economy, or the purity of his racial heritage. The perpetrator therefore is concerned about much more than simply eliminating a few blacks or Latinos from his job, his neighborhood, or his school. Instead, he believes that he has a higher-order purpose in carrying out his crime. He has been instructed by God or, in a more secular version, by “der Führer,” the Imperial Wizard, or the Grand Dragon to rid the world of evil by eliminating all blacks, Latinos, Asians, women, gays, or Jews. And he is compelled to act before it is too late.


Sexual Harassment Hate Crime Outgroup Member Suicide Note Racial Hatred 
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© Jack Levin and Jack McDevitt 1993

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  • Jack McDevitt

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