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Are high school principals more responsible for perpetuating violence in the U.S. than any other profession? Are public school districts more responsible for perpetuating violence in the nation than any other organization? After years of banging my head against a wall trying to get a documentary I've made to reduce violence, which is getting great reviews and you can see free at this website, in to U.S. schools, I feel I've a right to ask these questions. When it comes to violence, principals and school districts traditionally exert far more energy trying to cover-up violence in schools than they do in trying to reduce violence in schools and in society after students have graduated. Why? Parents don't want to send their kids to schools with violence, so as much as possible of it gets swept under the rug. In trying to get schools to use my documentary - One Punch Homicide - I can't help but think it may not be shown in schools because if it was, and parents found out about it, it might be perceived by some parents that it was shown at school because it has a violence problem, and that encourages principals and school districts to do little or nothing about reducing violence in schools or outside schools, such as domestic violence. How much would it reduce domestic violence if people were taught in schools that it could be disastrous to hit other people? And when gun violence becomes common in schools, most schools go for the quick fix, police in schools, because they may not have faith in their own product - education. Are you aware of any public schools doing anything that might reduce violence in schools and society after students have graduated? Please let me know about them at




Here's a new way to reduce gun violence, including in schools, and other types of violence. It's an idea that might be easy to implement because it appeals to both NRA types and anti-gun violence advocates. The United Nations' World Health Organization says every year billions of dollars are spent worldwide on injuries related to punching incidents. Punching incidents often escalate in to using more deadly weapons - guns, knives, etc. So if you can reduce punching incidents, it should reduce gun violence and other types of violence, including domestic violence.

I've made a documentary - One Punch Homicide - to reduce punching incidents. It's getting great reviews, which you can read on this website. Read them and they may inspire you to watch the 87 minute film, which you can see free on this site. (If you like the film and have a credit card, I'd appreciate it if you'd consider paying for your viewing experience when the film is over. If you want to show the film to 10 or more people, you will need public performance rights.)

I'd like to think One Punch Homicide may reduce gun violence and other types of violence in a second way. If it reduces domestic violence that should reduce gun violence too, because so many of those who commit gun atrocities grew up in households where they experienced domestic violence. So if fewer people were to grow up experiencing domestic violence, there should be fewer people committing gun atrocities.

In making and promoting One Punch Homicide I've developed a new theory to reduce violence against women.  I'm reluctant to call it a new theory because it's so simple I can't help but think someone or some people must have thought of the idea before me.  However, in doing internet searches I've been unable to find anyone espousing the idea, which is that the best way to reduce violence against women is to reduce violence against men.  Why?  Men commit more acts of violence against people than women.  Also, those who have been victims of violence are more likely to commit acts of violence against others.  Therefore, if men were victims of violence less often, then they would commit acts of violence against others less often, and women would be victims of violence less often. 

I hope your film gets wide distribution.
    Dr. Steven Pinker, Harvard Professor and Author, Massachusetts

Pinker has also twice tweeted his 175,000 followers and told them to check One Punch Homicide out online.


I encourage you to show it to your kids. 
ShelterMe Nebraska, a domestic violence shelter, on its Facebook page.


"I thought it was valuable....those in jail for one punch homicide tended to say the old Karate maxims. This is mainly seen in the idea of walking away from the fight, how killing someone destroys many lives, and that violence is not the solution....This documentary is important for all ages to watch....As a martial artist, someone who works with children, and someone trained in the medical profession, I believe that if you teach or work with children that might get in a fight you have an obligation to watch this...and...once a child is 14 they should watch it as well, especially if they have been in fights or are training in martial arts."
Rafael Gutierrez, MD and martial arts instructor, California


The men who attended...felt that your documentary had great content and a great message.
Eva Zhou, Sigma Psi Zeta sorority, Drexel University, Pennsylvania (Sigma Psi Zeta showed One Punch Homicide to raise money for their local domestic violence shelter.)


Racine Public Library, Racine, Wisconsin, hosted a showing of "One Punch Homicide" and a discussion with the director afterwards. The audience members were amazed at the number of people jailed for murder, because of a single punch. There was a good discussion of how this information should be shared, with schools in particular because many of the inmates were very young. The director, Steve Kokette, focused on letting the young men talk about their situations. I recommend this program."

Jessica MacPhail, Director, Racine Public Library


Hollywood has convinced us it is ok to hit a person in the head....People need to watch your film....New and very young recruits at basic training...need this information.
            Major Van Harl, USAF Ret. and writer, Oklahoma


...the film successfully makes the point that a simple punch thrown in a dispute...can have disastrous results. Those who counsel youth on choosing non-violent solutions to disputes will find this film useful.


"This meaningful project depicts how these incidents ruin the lives of not only the victim's family, but in many cases those of the perpetrator.  These senseless types of incidents result in the destruction of many lives of those individuals and families who were never even close to the scene of the incident.
If you could get this documentary before the eyes of our youth, it could certainly and hopefully make someone think about throwing that punch in the heat of the moment that can change so many lives."
Arthur S. Lawson, Jr. 
Chief of Police Gretna, Louisiana


"The interviews were absolutely riveting.  And it's clear how prevalent this problem is...far more than anyone would imagine.  I would think One Punch Homicide would have a significant impact on young people when they first start drinking.  High school and college age people should see one Punch Homicide, especially if it is followed by a well-facilitated discussion.  The discussion would keep kids who most need to take its message to heart from blowing it off after watching it."                       Jack Mitchell, retired teacher, Texas


"I really do think you hit a raw nerve and families and society should watch it."  Ross Thompson, Homicide Victims' Support Network, Queensland, Australia

I found the video vignettes very powerful and compelling both in the sincerity of the perpetrators' remorse and in the tragic impact verbalized by victims loved ones. I think the ideal target audience would be high school freshmen who are on the cusp of self-discovery and developing awareness of how their choices and behaviors have direct and immediate consequences, often positive, but sometimes tragic and irreversible. Another group for potential impact would be those offered a community-based early intervention program following interpersonal trauma, either as a victim or assailant. Dana Underdahl, RN, BSN - Coordinator, Clinical Risk Management - Level One Trauma Center, Oregon

It was VERY informative.
Cecil Washington, martial arts instructor and software tester, Maryland

We owe a debt of gratitude to Steve Kokette...for producing One Punch Homicide.
Dean Weingarten, writer and reporter, Arizona 

On Wisconsin Magazine 


Half of One Punch Homicide is interviews with five inmates in five U.S. states who killed someone with one punch.  It also has interviews with loved ones of seven who died from one punch, and about 30 gravestones of those who died from a single punch in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, with brief comments on each incident.  (It looks briefly at 37 one punch homicide incidents.  I found over 300 such incidents while doing research for the film, and you can see a list of most of them below.)  It also shows the Garden of Angels, a hillside near Fort Worth dedicated to murdered children. 

One Punch Homicide is a documentary that will reduce violence, crime,  murders, and bullying, possibly more than anything in our time.  It's about people who killed and were killed with one punch, and only one punch, and their loved ones.  It will reduce violence against everyone - the elderly, disabled, lgbt, children, women, and men.

In 1998 the American Psychiatric Association stated that by the time Americans reached the age of 18 they had seen, on average, 200,000 acts of violence on screen.  Aren't we cheating today's young by allowing them to watch so much violence without educating them that one punch can kill?

Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg of King County, which includes Seattle, Washington, says King County has four to six one punch homicides every year. If King County's one punch homicide rate is average for the U.S., which is impossible to tell because no one in the U.S., including the FBI, keeps statistics on the subject, then the U.S. has between 500 and 1,000 one punch homicides every year. Although this isn't a huge number, it has other implications. Most single punches don't result in a death, but for every death by one punch, how many other people experience serious injuries, including brain damage, because of one punch - 10, 20, 50, 100, or more?

I didn't make One Punch Homicide because I knew someone who had died from one punch. I was inspired to make it because I read of two one punch homicides within days of one another -  One was the actual event, which happened in Madison, Wisconsin, in December of 2008, and the other was the sentencing hearing for an assailant. However, while working on the film, I learned of three friends or acquaintances whose lives were changed by one punch, and only one punch. One lost his peripheral vision in one eye. Another had six surgeries on an eye socket that was destroyed. He said if he didn't have the operations his eye ball might literally fall out. And the third spent a month in the hospital convalescing from his injuries. So in trying to prevent punches from being thrown, there's far more involved than trying to prevent one punch homicides.

I, the creator of One Punch Homicide, really enjoy showing the film publicly and answering audience questions afterwards. I wish I could afford to do this for free, but I have to be paid. If after you've seen the film you might be interested in having me do a "talkback" after a public showing of the film in your community, please contact me at (You can see from a review above the Racine Public Library Director not only liked the film, but my talkback afterwards.)

An NBC news report called Why Domestic Violence Prevention Programs Don't Work claims there aren't any successful programs for getting men to stop being batterers after they've started. The new focus is on trying to change the behavior of males at a young age before they become domestic abusers. One Punch Homicide was made for showing primarily to those in their teens and 20s so they won't throw punches against anyone.





Although One Punch Homicide was made primarily to convince teens, particularly boys, to never throw a first punch, it was made so adults would find it interesting too. While making the film I was surprised at how many adults have a fascination with death, especially people killing people. At any given time, there is always at least one top ten selling book about death, and at least one movie about death in the top ten selling movies. The first audience to see One Punch Homicide had eight adults. Five of them said it was riveting. (The other three left before the impromptu poll was taken.) One of those polled was an ex-U.S. marine in his 50s who admitted to starting some fights by throwing the first punch. He also said in the 1980s he'd worked awhile as a bouncer, where he once knocked someone out with one punch. He said One Punch Homicide made him feel incredibly grateful he'd never killed anyone, and he vowed to never throw another first punch. I hadn't foreseen anyone having this type of reaction to the film, and it made me wonder how many millions of people there might be like him who would have a similar reaction to seeing it.

With the five interviews One Punch Homicide has with inmates talking about the bleakness of prison life, it should also discourage teens and others from committing crimes in general.

So if you're thinking of watching One Punch Homicide and wondering who you might want to watch it with, here are three suggestions:

1) Any teen - female or male.
2) Anyone who has a history of throwing a first punch to start a fight.
3) Because it would be appropriate to show to students in college or high school assemblies or classes, anyone involved in their education - teachers, school board members, principals, headmasters, etc.

If you're a parent with a history of throwing first punches against anyone and don't want your kids to follow in your footsteps, and/or were physically abused as a child, please consider showing your own kids One Punch Homicide.

Putting an end to human physical abuse - of the elderly, disabled, lgbt, children, women, and men - has always involved ending it one abuser at a time.  One of the problems to putting an end to abuse by one abuser at a time is that new cases pop up and often go undetected for years, and perhaps forever.  And although this is a very important way to end abuse, one abuser at a time, perhaps we should be giving more thought to somehow discouraging those who might become abusers from ever physically abusing anyone.  With that said, One Punch Homicide was made primarily with the hope that it will discourage some from ever becoming physical abusers.

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To hear a 12 and 1/2 minute interview with Steve Kokette, the maker of One Punch Homicide, on Crime and Punishment, a nationally syndicated Canadian radio program produced by CJOB in Winnipeg, click here.

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To see a list of over 200 one punch homicides, click here.  

Other work by Steve Kokette, the maker of  One Punch Homicide, click here.


In thinking of violence so much in making and promoting this film, I want to throw this idea out there, hoping it might help reduce wars. I've come to the conclusion that perhaps the people who are doing the most to reduce wars are those who are working to reduce domestic violence. In every nation of the world there are people who have grown up or are growing up in households where they are victims of domestic violence. Too many of them probably feel that violence is a normal part of life, inevitable. So when world leaders try to create war hysteria by telling their citizens we have to go to war against those schmucks in Schmuckland for whatever reason, those who feel violence is inevitable aren't going to question their leaders, and war is more likely to happen. But if fewer people grew up in households with domestic violence, fewer people would think violence is normal and might question if their nation should be going to war.


I hope you'll stay on my site long enough to read a brief essay I've written that starts: Hospitals are squandering huge opportunities to improve the health of their in-patients and the public, while reducing health care costs too. To read it click here.


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