137. In most countries, what is usually considered the worst degree of murder?
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The terms and legal definitions for murder and its severity vary greatly from culture to culture, and within countries from state to state/province/area. In the U.S., first degree murder is considered to have been premeditated, willful and deliberate and, in some states, involves 'malice aforethought'. If you do not commit the act yourself, but have someone else do it (as in the film "Strangers on a Train") you are often just as culpable. Depending on the verdict and the state involved in the crime, you may receive a long or life sentence with or without parole, or you may receive the death penalty. Treason and kidnapping are also considered major crimes and subject to the same types of punishment.
Second degree murder is a legal term that changes from state to state in the US, but is considered less severe than first degree.
In the US, third degree murder can range from negligence to reckless endangerment or anything in between, as each case is different and there may be mitigating or unprovable circumstances.
Homicide (killing of a human) may be proved to be completely unintentional or ascribed to the influence of some cause such as PTSD, 'diminished capacity', or 'temporary insanity'.
Manslaughter is generally the accidental killing of another human by a human.
In general, killing of a human is considered justified in self or family defense, safeguarding a home from invasion, protection of the innocent and sometimes in 'heat of passion' crimes.
In some primitive and/or cannibalistic cultures, the killing of a man by the father of a boy-child is deemed necessary in order for the child to acquire the dead man's name.
In Corsica, between 1683 and 1715, about one quarter of the population was killed because of vendettas (Italian = blood feud), traditional on the island.
Felony murder is death resulting from the commitment of a felony, such as a bank robbery or home invasion. Each case that comes to trial is individual and is judged on its own circumstances.