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- Print Length: 280 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494787067
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- Publisher: RJ Parker Publishing; 1 edition (30 April 2014)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HJBK2FG
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- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
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Parents Who Killed Their Children: True stories of Filicide, Mental Health and Postpartum Psychosis Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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 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.
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
“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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I saw this book on the Kindle Store for free and so I thought that I would give it a try. In this book he looks at 10 stories of brutle murders in families, this book tells you all... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sophie
I was expected something a bit more in depth on this subject but it's more of a summery of events. A quick read.Published 11 months ago by Michelle
I read a lot at work n this us a good read .Had me hooked ,loved it that much downloaded another.Published 17 months ago by beryl73
I admit to being one of those people who has a fascination with true crime and in particular murder. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Book Mad ME
Interesting read as to the multiple reasons and background to how and why this happens citing real life casesPublished on 16 May 2015 by eileenp
Some of the cases were mildly interesting but the book was so badly written I couldn't get much beyond half way, irritated by the juvenile analysis of the psychology behind the... Read morePublished on 1 May 2015 by APH
A facinating book by RJ Parker, The first story in this book covers a really sad case between Andrea Yates and her 5 children, and you may end asking yourself could more have been... Read morePublished on 26 Mar. 2015 by Mike Clarke