Patricide: 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:
Patricide: Basic Facts and Literature

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This chapter examines available knowledge on patricide. It begins by presenting basic information about patricide and steppatricide victims, offenders, and incidents over the 32-year period of 1976–2007. Data shows that most male parricide victims were killed in single-victim, single-offender homicides. Multiple-victim and multiple-offender incidents were rare. Most fathers and stepfathers were killed by children over age 18. Offenders who killed stepfathers tended to be younger than those who killed fathers. The average age of steppatricide offenders was 23, compared to 26 for patricide offenders. Juvenile offenders were significantly more likely than their adult counterparts to use firearms to kill fathers (79% vs. 54%) and stepfathers (72% vs. 58%). The chapter also reviews the literature on patricide, focusing first on studies of adult or predominantly adult male patricide offenders, followed by studies of females who killed fathers. After the discussion of the adult literature, case studies of male and female adolescent parricide offenders are synthesized.

Keywords: fathers; stepfathers; patricide victims; homicides; adolescent parricide offenders; juveniles

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