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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.

I also hope the reviews you'll read about One Punch Homicide will inspire you to watch the 87 minute film.

One Punch Homicide may be one of the most important films ever made.  What other film or films will save so many lives and reduce injuries as much worldwide as One Punch Homicide?  And One Punch Homicide can now be seen for free, possibly for a limited time. For those who really enjoy watching it and want to pay for the experience, you will be allowed to pay for it with a variety of choices as to what to pay, including as little as $2.00. You decide. And if you don't want to pay for seeing it, that's fine too.

It can only be seen free by individuals and small groups.  If you want to show it to a group of 15 or more for fund raising and/or educational purposes you will have to pay for public performance rights each time you show it to that many people, but it may cost as little as $5.00 each time it's shown. Contact me - the producer - before scheduling your event at for public performance rights.  I hope many will use it as or at a fund raiser for their local domestic violence shelter, but it can be used as a fund raiser for other causes too.

Currently it will be available free in English only online. (It is available on DVD in English with French, Spanish, and English subtitles for the deaf in English speaking nations. Contact Steve at for more information about the DVD.)

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


"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


"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 interviews five inmates who killed someone with one punch and only one punch. A more remorseful group of people you'll probably never see. Who thinks they're going to kill someone with a single punch? But isn't that the problem? Ignorance? I can't help wonder if these inmates would have thrown their deadly punch if they had been raised being taught one punch can kill. Future generations should grow up being taught, unlike past generations, that one punch can kill. Not only would it reduce punching incidents, but it would reduce more deadly types of violence too because punching incidents often escalate in to using more deadly weapons, such as guns, knives, bats, etc.

The United Nations' World Health Organization says every year billions of dollars are spent worldwide on injuries related to punching incidents, and in doing research for One Punch Homicide I found over 300 instances where people were killed with one punch. We have no idea how many hundreds or thousands of people are killed worldwide every year by a single punch. 

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.

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.)  It also shows the Garden of Angels, a hillside near Fort Worth dedicated to murdered children.   





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.



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