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- Publisher: RJ Parker Publishing; 1 edition (30 April 2014)
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- Language: English
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Parents Who Killed Their Children: True stories of Filicide, Mental Health and Postpartum Psychosis Kindle Edition
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According to the author, "Filicide, is the intended act of a parent killing his or her own child. To most societies this feels unnatural and inhumane"
Many researchers believe that a major cause of filicide is domestic violence. However, this book discusses various other reasons as well. Some of the reasons discussed are Altruism, Acute Psychosis, Spousal revenge e.t.c. For instance, the author explains that where Altruism is involved, the parent's motive is based on wanting to prevent a suffering child from further suffering. In addition, he concludes that there are some cases that are impossible to explain no matter how hard you try.
Within this book are real life accounts of parents who have killed their children; one of such stories is that of Andrea Yates. She suffered from postpartum psychosis and killed all her children. Her story raises serious issues about mental health and stresses the need for adequate support to be given to people with these issues. Postpartum Psychosis is very serious and should be treated as such in order to avoid these kind of tragedies re-occurring.
The author makes a vital point within his book, which I agree with. The focus should be on prevention of these tragedies from ever occurring by identifying vital signs.
This is a brilliant book very well researched and written. Highly recommended
The author has written a lot of true crime books and has picked out certain high profile cases for this book.
It is a relatively short book and only takes a couple of hours to read though obviously the reading matter is quite uncomfortable.
The writer has written about ten parents that have killed and in each case study the reader gets a brief introduction to the family leading up to the awful events, we then get to learn about the events that took place and then there is also an afterwards where we learn about what happened in the trials of the killers and to what happened to them and living family members in the aftermath.
Each case is quite short and even though the reader gets the overall information it did leave me wanting to know more, I found the chapters to be a little to brief. To be honest even after reading this book, as a parent, I still do not understand why these parents brutally killed their children.
I will warn people that at the back of the book there are some graphic photos that some people will find upsetting but I think it makes it hit home at the atrocities of what unfortunately does go on in this world.
This book certainly will not be for everyone but it does make for an interesting read. It certainly makes you hug your children that bit tighter.
Some of the formatting was a little out of kilter on the Kindle and I found the language somewhat basic for a university level resource too – the overuse of ‘so-and-so stated. . .’ did grate somewhat in my mind when there are so many other ways to say what someone said. I was left wondering if the author (a professor) had overdone the desire to use plain and simple language. That said I still found it an interesting read.
Once i started to read this book i found it hard to put down, there are some very heartbreaking accounts of parents who have killed there children, its a really well researched,written book
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