Double parricide: forensic analysis and psycholegal implications

J Forensic Sci. 2002 Mar;47(2):313-7.


In a retrospective study, eleven adult parricidal forensic cases from Southern California are presented. Each case involves the murder of both parents and was referred for forensic evaluation. Common characteristics among the eleven cases are presented. Two case examples illustrate features of recognized adult parricidal subtypes. The findings are compared with studies involving parricide, double-parricide, and extant case law.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Domestic Violence / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Domestic Violence / psychology*
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Homicide / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Homicide / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Insanity Defense
  • Male
  • Parent-Child Relations*
  • Retrospective Studies