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Parents Who Killed Their Children: True stories of Filicide,  Mental Health and Postpartum Psychosis by [Parker, Dr. RJ]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1544 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494787067
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: RJ Parker Publishing; 1 edition (30 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HJBK2FG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #182,108 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Parents Who Killed Their Children is a non fiction book.

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.
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Parents who kill their children are guilty of breaking the greatest trust of all time. Children must be able to trust their parents to nurture and protect them until they are mature enough to take care of themselves. We as a society are not able to understand or forgive the snuffing out of a young life before it can defend itself.

Some of these stories are familiar to us, but by being combined with less-familiar ones, the author has provided a good variety of motive theories and methods. Included is the Jeffrey McDonald story, surely one of the most controversial cases of our time.

It is extremely easy to murder a small child; people do it all the time. It is just so unnatural and so strongly against a parent's instincts to do so that our hearts cry out for a more severe punishment for child killers.

This is a book you don't want to read while, at the same time, you want to know what kind of depraved person could do this.
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This book was a very difficult book for me to read. I spent most of the time reading with tears streaming down my eyes. It is incredibly difficult to understand why a parent would kill his or her own child but it happens. Parents are expected to love and nurture their children, not to kill them.
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
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There is a fascination in this country, and most of the world for that matter, regarding murder. How it happens, when it happens and WHY it happens. When that homicide is in fact, filicide – or the killing of a child by his or her own parent – then that fascination takes on a morbid, yet compelling drive. We stand riveted to the TV screen and the papers, watching the stories unfold before our eyes. We are horrified, yet spellbound, unable to look away as the details and possible reasons spill forth.
“Parents Who Killed Their Children” by R.J. Parker takes that horrific desire to know, to understand, and condenses it into an easy read format. 10 of the most history grabbing cases in recent years are highlighted in every gory detail, both what was in the press and further information that might have come out after the cases. In one or two the guilt is still suspect, but Parker takes no sides – the cases are presented as is, take them as you will.
This is an incredibly hard book to read, though one that you can’t help but pick up. As a parent myself, there were numerous times I swallowed hard and set my Kindle down, horrified and sick to my stomach at the thought that anyone…much less a mother… could commit such a crime against her own offspring. I do not want to like this book, the content is disturbing and realizing the truth of it even more so. That said, the writing is superb and the non-judgmental tone of the pages impressive. Parker did a remarkable job compiling the research that has gone into this work, and the coverage of possible mental illness and strong correlation to Post Partum Depression admirable.
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