Foreshadowing Terror: Exploring the time of online manifestos prior to lone wolf attacks

Thomas Williams, Calli Tzani, Maria Ioannou

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Abstract

Previous research has highlighted the prominent behavior of lone wolf terrorists to produce and share a manifesto publicly, outlining their frustrations and motivations for their eventual terrorist attack. This article aims to explore this phenomenon, focusing on the timelapse between when a terrorist manifesto is posted online and when the eventual attack occurs, discussing the time difference between the two events for 12 cases of lone wolf terrorism. The results revealed that the average time lapse between when a manifesto was posted online and when the terrorist attack occurs is one hour, 43 min. Limitations and implications are discussed in detail.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalStudies in Conflict and Terrorism
Early online date30 May 2023
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 May 2023

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