Peter Jones

Kathleen M. Heide

in Understanding Parricide

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

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This chapter discusses the case of Peter Jones, a 17-year-old white male from a lower-middle-class background, who was arrested within five hours of killing his father. He shot his father twice in the back of the neck and once just behind the ear with a .22 caliber rifle as the man sat watching television in the middle of the night. It describes the assessment of Peter based on a six-hour clinical interview and a review of numerous case materials. This homicide represents the most common type of adolescent parricide: the abused child who has been pushed beyond his or her limits. Peter was raised in a home with an alcoholic father. His recollections of his life before the homicide indicated that he had witnessed spouse abuse, other extreme forms of physical violence, and verbal abuse. He was himself a victim of physical and verbal abuse, physical and emotional neglect, and emotional incest.

Keywords: adolescent parricide offenders; male offenders; clinical interviews; psychological assessment; abused children

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