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The Phenomenon of Parricide
The phenomenon of parricide

A FATHER is gunned down … a mother is bludgeoned to death … a family of four—mother, father, and two small children—is butchered alive … by a son … a daughter … a son and a daughter acting together.

The term parricide, while technically referring to the killing of a close relative, has over the last decade increasingly become identified in the public mind with the murder of an individual's father (patricide) or mother (matricide). This book focuses on one group of parricides, parents slain by their adolescent children. Between 1977 and 1986, the killing of a parent was almost a daily event in the United States. More than 300 parents were killed each year.1 An in-depth analysis of ...

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