The Intimidation Effect of Gratuitous Violence

     Demonstrations of the ability to kill, including killing innocent people, is a common entry test in criminal or violent illegal organizations….It is also used to induce fear. Members of the Aryan Brotherhood, an infamous U. S. pri…

     Demonstrations of the ability to kill, including killing innocent people, is a common entry test in criminal or violent illegal organizations....It is also used to induce fear. Members of the Aryan Brotherhood, an infamous U. S. prison gang, when entering a new prison would often carry out a demonstration killing or stabbing in order to terrorize the inmate population....

     Going from fact to fiction, in The Long Goodbye, a film by the late Robert Altman based on Raymond Chandler's novel, a gangster hits his girlfriend with a soda bottle and then snarls at Philip Marlowe: "Now that's someone I love. Think what could happen to you."

Diego Gambetta, Codes of the Underworld, 2009

from http://jimfishertruecrime.blogspot.com/