'Dying on the Job' author Ronald Brown to speak at Beacon library

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Former lawyer, Ronald D. Brown, will talk about his recently released book, "Dying on the Job: Murder and Mayhem in the Workplace," from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24, at the Howland Public Library in Beacon.

Published by Rowman & Littlefield, it is the first book on workplace violence to focus exclusively on workplace murder, according to a library news release Tuesday. Brown explores the various motives and drives that spark workplace murder, and answers hundreds of questions that are usually asked only after a workplace murder rampage has already occurred, the release said.

Are men or women more likely to commit workplace homicide? How can people more easily spot those likely to commit workplace murder? What are some of the warning signs? How often is "suicide" used as workplace revenge? The answers to these questions and more are based on more than 350 actual cases of workplace murder, and the answers are often surprising.


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Brown also addresses different areas of prevention, counseling, and rehabilitation, and analyzes different approaches to gun control for both management and employees to make their job a safer place to work.

Cynthia Estlund, a Catherine A. Rein professor at the NYU School of Law states, "With this fascinating book on workplace murder, Ronald Brown has filled a gaping hole in the literature on workplace violence, and he has done so with lively and accessible prose and a prosecutor's eye for detail. His 'closing argument' on the role of guns in the epidemic of workplace murders should provoke serious and much-needed debate on American gun culture and permissive gun laws."

Much of Brown's research was performed at the Howland Public Library, the release said. The event will include refreshments. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.

For more information, call Alison Herrero, Adult Services Librarian, at 845-831-1134. The Howland Public Library is at 313 Main St., Beacon.

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