Author(s) Wilson, Margo
Daly, Martin
Daniele, Antonietta
Year 1995
Title Familicide: The killing of spouse and children
Published in Aggressive Behavior, Vol. 21, No. 4
Pages 275–291
DOI 10.1002/1098-2337(1995)21:4<275::AID-AB2480210404>3.0.CO;2-S
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Abstract A familicide is a multiple-victim homicide incident in which the killer's spouse and one or more children are slain. National archives of Canadian and British homicides, containing 109 familicide incidents, permit some elucidation of the characteristic and epidemiology of this crime. Familicides were almost exclusively perpetrated by men, unlike other spouse-killings and other filicides. Half the familicidal men killed themselves as well, a much higher rate of suicide than among other uxoricidal or filicidal men. De facto unions were overrepresented, compared to their prevalence in the populations-at-large, but to a much lesser extent in familicides than in other uxoricides. Stepchildren were overrepresented as familicide victims, compared to their numbers in the populations-at-large, but to a much lesser extent than in other filicides; unlike killers of their genetic offspring, men who killed their stepchildren were rarely suicidal. An initial binary categorization of familicides as accusatory versus despondent is tentatively proposed.
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