Youthful Familicidal Offenders: Targeted Victims, Planned Attacks

Rosa Viñas-Racionero, Louis B. Schlesinger, Mario J Scalora, John P. Jarvis

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Abstract

A nonrandom national sample of 16 familicides, which involved 19 offenders (ages 14 to 21 years) who either killed or made a serious attempt to kill their families, was studied. The majority of offenders were Caucasian (78.91 %) males (84.21 %) with interpersonal family conflicts due to parental control, substance use, or physical violence. Prior to the murders, 50 % of the offenders reported to others their intent to kill their families. All of the 42 reported victims were specifically targeted and most of the homicides were planned shooting attacks (75 %) rather than spontaneous eruptions. Immediately following the homicides, 75 % of the offenders stole money from their families, and in 50 % of the cases they either called their friends to report the murders or to plan leisure activities. All offenders were immediate suspects and 81.25 % confessed to the homicides. Implications for furthering our understanding of this group of young offenders are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)535-542
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Volume32
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017

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Keywords

  • Family violence
  • Mass murder
  • Offenders
  • Youth

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  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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Youthful Familicidal Offenders : Targeted Victims, Planned Attacks. / Viñas-Racionero, Rosa; Schlesinger, Louis B.; Scalora, Mario J; Jarvis, John P.

In: Journal of Family Violence, Vol. 32, No. 5, 01.07.2017, p. 535-542.

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Viñas-Racionero, Rosa ; Schlesinger, Louis B. ; Scalora, Mario J ; Jarvis, John P. / Youthful Familicidal Offenders : Targeted Victims, Planned Attacks. In: Journal of Family Violence. 2017 ; Vol. 32, No. 5. pp. 535-542.
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