|Author(s)||Levrier Leggett, Vanessa|
|Published in||Blackman, Paul H., et al. (eds.): The Varieties of Homicide and Its Research - Proceedings of the 1999 meeting of the Homicide Research Working Group; FBI Academy, Quantico, VA.|
|Abstract||Familicide accounts for but a fraction of the national murder rate. Perhaps this explains why it is the least explored, and consequently, least understood type of domestic homicide. Research in this area is limited to the prototypic familicide: the male head of the family slaying his wife and children before, in most cases, committing suicide. While familicide is a distinctly male-perpetrated crime, it is not always committed by the patriarch. This paper addresses "parricidal familicide," or familicide committed by non-patriarchal young-adult males. Using 4 Texas cases, classes of parricidal familicide, motivational factors, and types of offenders, by relation, are examined. First, cases are broadly categorized as spontaneous or planned parricidal familicides. Next, they are distinguished by motivation -- whether expressive or instrumental. Finally, the offender's relationship -- biological, adoptive, nuclear, and/or extended -- to family members is shown to not only inform the motive, but also influence the manner in which the victims are slain.|
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