Murderous parents

Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol. 2002 Apr;46(2):123-43. doi: 10.1177/0306624X02462002.


This article offers observations regarding some of the major manifestations of family violence, neonaticide, infanticide, and filicide with the purpose of aiding in the early identification of parents at risk. They are discussed within the past and present historical and cultural milieu. A brief review of pertinent literature is presented. Pertinent case studies from the forensic psychiatric practice of the author along with psychodynamic reflections are offered.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Family / psychology
  • Female
  • Homicide*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Parent-Child Relations*
  • Parents / psychology*
  • Violence