James Holt

Kathleen M. Heide

in Understanding Parricide

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

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This chapter discusses the case of James Holt, a 16-year-old White Hispanic boy who was sentenced to lifein prison for shooting his parents multiple times while they were asleep. About 14 years after first meeting James, the author received a call from a defense attorney asking her to evaluate his client, a man in his early 30s who had killed an inmate in prison while he was serving a life sentence in prison. As the attorney gave a brief sketch of the case, she realized that the inmate being discussed was James. The chapter describes the author's assessment of James based on an eight-hour clinical interview conducted with him and a review of more than 1,000 pages of materials relevant to James's childhood, the murder of his parents, the murder of the inmate, and his experiences in prison.

Keywords: adolescent parricide offenders; male offenders; clinical interviews; psychological assessment; convicts; murder

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