Kathleen M. Heide

in Understanding Parricide

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195176667
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979028 | DOI:

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This chapter examines available knowledge on matricide. It begins by presenting basic information about matricide and stepmatricide victims, offenders, and incidents over the 32-year period of 1976–2007. Data shows that most female parricide victims were killed in single-victim, single-offender homicides. Multiple-victim and multiple-offender incidents were rare. However, three findings with respect to multiple-offender situations are important. First, juveniles were significantly more likely than adults to be involved in multiple-offender incidents involving mothers. Second, female juveniles and female adults were significantly more likely to use accomplices in matricides than their male counterparts. Third, female juveniles were significantly more likely to act with codefendants in killing stepmothers than male juveniles. The chapter also reviews the literature on matricide, focusing first on studies of adult or predominantly adult male matricide offenders, followed by studies of female parricide offenders that provided data on victim type, and then case studies of adult female matricide offenders.

Keywords: mothers; stepmothers; matricide victims; female parricide; homicides; multiple victims; multiple offenders; female offenders; female juveniles; female adults

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