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PARRICIDE: BASIC FACTS AND LITERATURE

Kathleen M. Heide

in Understanding Parricide

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195176667
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979028 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176667.003.0003
PARRICIDE: BASIC FACTS AND LITERATURE

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This chapter examines killings of parents (mothers and fathers combined) and stepparents (stepmothers and stepfathers combined). Special attention is focused on parricides and stepparricides involving youths under 18, females, multiple offenders, and multiple victims. It also includes a discussion of research involving double parricides (the killing of both parents) and familicides (the killing of parents and other family members, such as siblings). Analyses of thousands of parricide cases in the United States over a 32-year period indicated that adult males predominated in parricide and stepparricide incidents. Their rate of involvement was even higher in multiple-victim killings involving parents and stepparents. A higher percentage of juveniles than of adults was involved in multiple-offender parricides. Girls who killed parents often had accomplices. In fact, the percentages of juvenile and adult females involved in multiple-offender situations involving both parents and stepparents were higher than those for their male counterparts.

Keywords: parents; stepparents; youth offenders; adolescent offenders; female offenders; double parricides; familicides

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