Familicidal Hearts: The Emotional Styles of 211 Killers

Familicidal Hearts: The Emotional Styles of 211 Killers

by Neil Websdale
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195315413

ISBN-13: 9780195315417

Pub. Date: 02/10/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

"Oscar, physically and sexually abusive, stabbed his partner and two stepdaughters to death, buried the bodies, and fled the state with his two younger children. Paul, a respected investment banker, donned a Halloween mask and shot his wife and two children before turning the gun on himself. What drives individuals as different as Oscar and Paul to kill their

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"Oscar, physically and sexually abusive, stabbed his partner and two stepdaughters to death, buried the bodies, and fled the state with his two younger children. Paul, a respected investment banker, donned a Halloween mask and shot his wife and two children before turning the gun on himself. What drives individuals as different as Oscar and Paul to kill their families? Why does familicide appear to be on the rise?" In Familicidal Hearts, sociologist Neil Websdale uncovers the stories behind 196 male and 15 female perpetrators of this shocking offense, situating their emotional styles on a continuum, from the livid coercive to the civil reputable. With highly detailed case studies, Websdale explores the pivotal roles of shame, rage, fear, anxiety, and depression in the lives and crimes of the killers. His analysis demonstrates how internal emotional conflict, against a backdrop of societal pressures, is at the root of familicide, challenging the widely accepted argument that murderers kill family members to assert power and control. Websdale contends Instead that most perpetrators struggle with intense shame, many sensing that they failed to live up to the demands of modern gender prescriptions, as fathers and lovers, wives and mothers. What emerges is a compelling theory about the haunting effects of modern emotional struggles on perpetrators, controlling and upstanding alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195315417
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/10/2010
Series:
Interpersonal Violence Series, #5
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1 Situating Familicide 1

2 Figurations of Feeling, Haunted Hearts, and Uncanny Acts 60

3 Familicide: A History 87

4 Livid Coercive Hearts 125

5 Civil Reputable Hearts 176

6 Familicide as a Consequence of Modern Emotional Formations 216

7 Some Implications: A Few Closing Thoughts 258

Appendix I The Occupational Backgrounds of the Livid Coercive and Civil Reputable Hearts 285

Appendix II The Racial/Ethnic Backgrounds of the Livid Coercive and Civil Reputable Hearts 286

Appendix III Rates of Familicide 287

Appendix IV Survey Instrument: Male Perpetrators 290

References 301

Index 313

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