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Parents Who Killed Their Children: (Filicide) [Kindle Edition]

RJ Parker , Hartwell Editing , Jacqueline Cross
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Book Description

What could possibly incite parents to kill their own children?


This collection of "Filicidal Killers" provides a gripping overview of how things can go horribly wrong in once-loving families. Parents Who Killed their Children depicts ten of the most notorious and horrific cases of homicidal parental units out of control. People like--Andrea Yates, Diane Downs, Susan Smith, and Jeffrey MacDonald--who received a great deal of media attention. The author explores the reasons; from addiction to postpartum psychosis, insanity to altruism.

Each story is detailed with background information on the parents, the murder scenes, trials, sentencing and aftermath.

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY - "{A} valuable resource and reference book for Criminologists and Psychologists on the fraught subject of maternal filicide, supported with ten case studies. A clear-eyed view on the most heartbreaking of crimes."


SUSPENSE MAGAZINE - "Parents Who Kill Their Children is a great read for aficionados of true crime. The way the author laid the cases out made the hair on the back of my neck stand up."


CASES INCLUDE:


Andrea Yates
Darlie Routier
Susan Eubanks
Lianne Smith
Alan Bristol
Jeffrey MacDonald
Deanna Laney
Susan Smith
Tonya Thomas
Diane Downs


    "Acclaimed true crime author, RJ Parker, has a knack for collecting high-profile cases under specific themes. This collection about parents who kill their children provides a fast-paced, gripping overview of how things can go horribly wrong in once-loving families. From Andrea Yates to Jeffrey MacDonald to Susan Smith, Parker reports on the stunning case details and suggests reasons why the parental bond can get so twisted. The updates at the end of each chapter add a lot, since popular media rarely follows up. An important reference for true crime readers."
    - Dr. Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D., bestselling author of "The Mind of a Murderer" and "The Ivy League Killer."


    "Is there anything more reprehensible than filicide--that is, the intended act of a parent killing his or her own child? In "Parents Who Killed Their Children," the award-winning true crime author RJ Parker shines a powerful light on this dark and sordid phenomenon. First, Parker offers a number of possible psychological and environmental causes (or at least correlates) of filicide. Then he presents ten shocking, real life case histories of parents who murdered their children. The result is a book that is bound to make you rethink the absolute sanctity of motherhood and reflect on why some mothers do indeed "eat their young." This is a powerful read and another hard-hitting, compelling entry by RJ Parker."
    - Dr. Scott Bonn, Ph.D, criminologist, professor and author of the forthcoming "Why We Love Serial Killers" October 2014 from Skyhorse Press.


    "The only thing more shocking than female serial killers is when mom or dad kills their own children. RJ Parker has collected some of the most notorious and horrific cases of homicidal parental units out of control. Shocking and gripping."
    - Dr. Peter Vronsky Ph.D., investigative criminal justice historian and filmmaker. The author of the bestselling history of serial murder, "Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters" and "Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters."


    "The author writes the before, during, and after, like no other. I'm an avid reader, but selective, and will read everything he is associated with." - Lori Smith


    NOTEWORTHY


    This book has been selected by several Universities in their upcoming courses in Criminology, Sociology and Forensic Psychology, including, the University of Utah and Penn State University.


    Parker has written 15 true crime books, available in eBook, trade paperback and audiobook editions and have sold in over 80 countries. He holds Certifications in Serial Crime and Criminal Profiling


Editorial Reviews

Review

"Is there anything more reprehensible than filicide--that is, the intended act of a parent killing his or her own child? In "Parents Who Killed Their Children," the award-winning true crime author RJ Parker shines a powerful light on this dark and sordid phenomenon. First, Parker offers a number of possible psychological and environmental causes (or at least correlates) of filicide. Then he presents ten shocking, real life case histories of parents who murdered their children. The result is a book that is bound to make you rethink the absolute sanctity of motherhood and reflect on why some mothers do indeed "eat their young." This is a powerful read and another hard-hitting, compelling entry by RJ Parker." - Dr. Scott Bonn, Ph.D, criminologist, professor and author of the forthcoming "Why We Love Serial Killers" October 2014 from Skyhorse Press.
    
"Acclaimed true crime author, RJ Parker, has a knack for collecting high-profile cases under specific themes. This collection about parents who kill their children provides a fast-paced, gripping overview of how things can go horribly wrong in once-loving families. From Andrea Yates to Jeffrey MacDonald to Susan Smith, Parker reports on the stunning case details and suggests reasons why the parental bond can get so twisted.  The updates at the end of each chapter add a lot, since popular media rarely follows up. An important reference for true crime readers." - Dr. Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D., bestselling author of "The Mind of a Murderer" and "The Ivy League Killer."
  
"{A}valuable resource and reference book for Criminologists and Psychologists on the fraught subject of maternal filicide, supported with ten case studies." - Publishers Weekly

From the Author

Since its release on April 30, 2014, Parents Who Killed Their Children has remained in numerous Top 100 Paid Lists on Amazon, and at various times hit #1:
  • #1 - Violence in Society
  • #1 - Biographies - Crimes and Criminals
  • #1 - Forensic Psychology
  • #1 - Psychology
  • #1 - True Crimes
  • #1 - Criminology
  • #2 - Family - Parent Relationships
  • #2 - Murder and Mayhem
  • #2 - US History State and Local
  • #7 - Social Science
  • #10 - Biographies and Memoirs
Parker has ranked in the Top 100 Authors since 2013 in Biographies and History

NOTEWORTHY
 
This book has been selected by several Universities in their upcoming courses in Criminology, Sociology and Forensic Psychology, including, the University of Utah and Penn State University. It is currently being read by Nancy Grace and Holly Hughes of CNN for upcoming endorsements
      
Praise for PARENTS WHO KILLED THEIR CHILDREN: FILICIDE and the AUTHOR
   
"{A} valuable resource and reference book for Criminologists and Psychologists on the fraught subject of maternal filicide, supported with ten case studies." - Publishers Weekly
        
"The only thing more shocking than female serial killers is when mom or dad kills their own children. RJ Parker has collected some of the most notorious and horrific cases of homicidal parental units out of control. Shocking and gripping."
Dr. Peter Vronsky Ph.D., investigative criminal justice historian and filmmaker. He teaches the history of terrorism and international relations at Ryerson University in Toronto. He is the author of the bestselling history of serial murder, "Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters" and "Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters."
  
"I realize unless a reader can become as engrossed with real life horror as fictional horror, these terrifying true life crime stories on this sensitive subject can be disturbing in a way even fictional chain saw massacres and crazed ax murderers can't touch. If you seek to understand or study the unexplainable, this book may be your key to some grasp of what is beyond imagining."
-Bernard Lee DeLeo, bestselling author of acclaimed thriller "Hard Case series", "Rick Cantelli series" and over twenty novels.
  
"Great read. Some stories just shocking, and heart breaking. One of the best true crime authors today." - Wire Wolf
 
"An excellent author and I really enjoyed this book. - Tim Feeley
 
"Five stars and a standing ovation!" - Bev
 
"Mr. Parker is an excellent writer, he doesn't sugar coat the facts or try to excuse the crimes... He just states the facts and explains the crimes as best they can be explained." - JoAnn Brown
 
"Well researched and to the point stories. I would recommend this book to any true crime fan. This book was written by one of the best true crime authors out there." - Robyn Macaire
  
"Well written, thoroughly researched and delivered." - Jill T
  
"The author writes the before, during, and after, like no other. I'm an avid reader, but selective, and will read everything he is associated with." - Lori Smith
 
"This book plays with all kinds of emotions! Disgust! Pity! Rage! I am amazed at the kind of strength it must take to write on this subject! We are taught to Love, Honor and Obey our parents! How these parents can abuse this trust of the most innocent and precious is mind boggling! The journey from Background to The Murders through Trial and Sentencing and Conclusion is remarkable! A great read on the subject!" - Angela Vangelisto 

Product Details

  • File Size: 457 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494787067
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: RJ PARKER PUBLISHING, INC. (April 30, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HJBK2FG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,393 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book May 1, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book held my interest, which is usually hard to do. The only complaint I have is that this book was not long enough!! It was a very quick read for me. The true crime books I like to read are the ones that the author spends more time revealing the back ground and the actual crimes of the perpetrator(s) and do not fill half the book with the trial details, which I find boring. Even though this book was short stories, Mr. Parker gave the reader enough info on the persons committing these crimes for us to understand what was going on before, during and after.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Being a Crime Scene Investigator, I'm always interested in crime books. Although this book is about parents who kill their children, it was extremely interesting and well-written. I notice a lot of authors add unnecessary information for dramatics, but this author did not do this. He talks about the perpetrators and their histories, their crimes and the facts of the case, and the aftermath/trial. As I'm reading, I actually get images in my mind about what I'm reading because of Parker's writing style. Although I was familiar with most of the cases, there were some I had not heard of before. I recommend this book to anyone who just wants to know why a parent would murder their own child(ren). It's such an emotional subject and so difficult to understand. The book was interesting and enlightening. I just ordered another of Parker's books, Serial Killers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, if gruesome subject matter! July 22, 2014
By James
Format:Kindle Edition
I've literally just finished reading Parents who killed... and I thought it was absolutely brilliant. The ten cases included are absolutely fascinating and covered by RJ Parker in such a way that he skilfully combines fact and story telling, creating the background of the characters, the details of the crime - which tackle the gruesome subject of, as the title suggests, parents killing their own children - but also what happened after. Plus Parker's writing style is very fluid and makes it easy to both get engrossed in the story, but also to keep turning the pages and move from cases to case. I think anyone who likes CSI type books, films or TV will find this a really great read. If there was anything more that I could ask for, it would be that it was longer. Although even that is slightly unfair, because at 280 pages it's more than decent in size! I hope there is a volume 2 coming....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read June 16, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I have just finished reading Mr. Parker's book and the stories were clearly written and well laid out. Keeping the information clear and to the point without added speculation or embellishment helped to keep the focus on the history of the parent involved, the basic information about the trial and what the aftermaths were. I liked that fact that where applicable the author included if there was an impact on the community where the crime took place. This was especially poignant when the family were intricate members of their community.The only thing I would have wished that the author had done was include at least an equal number of stories on the father's who killed their children if only to keep a better balance in place. Overall, this book held my interest and made me think. I am a mother as well as a professional and have gone through many of the things these mothers had gone through but never would it cross my mind that I could take the life of my child. It makes one sad to think that the help which may have saved these children was not there for whatever reason. Excellent writing RJ and am looking forward to reading a few more of your books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This author never disappoints! May 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I absolutely love crime books from this author. Everything is so perfectly worded to make the story interesting, while still remaining factual. There were some cases that I was familiar with, but it was very nice to learn about fathers who've killed as well. I loved how the story is broken down into three sections for each case; the background of the killer, details about the murder, and then information about the trial. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as well as the cases that were included in them. I definitely can not wait to see what else this author has up his sleeve in regards to books. Kudos to you!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will make you cry April 30, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
RJ Parker has done it again. Parents Who Killed Their Children will make you tear up and at the same time, make you want to go after the monsters who have taken life away from their babies. While some of the reasonings may be understandable (depression after delivery and such), there is still no logical explanation of why anyone one would kill their own child (or children as the case may be).

Each case presented in this book, gives the reasoning, but yet, at the same time leaves you looking at the parent as the monster they are.

Highly recommend this book for true crime readers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read May 5, 2014
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Great read. Some stories just shocking, and heart breaking.One of the best true crime authors today. A must read for and true crime fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tough but excellent read June 2, 2014
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Because of the subject matter this is a tough read. For a parent to willingly harm and kill their children is such a tragedy and hurts the heart. However the author has done an excellent job summarizing these cases and I read through this book very quickly. He is an excellent author and I really enjoyed this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I love true crime books
Interesting, disturbing stories. I love true crime books, but due to the writing style, I have to give it 2 stars. A lot of sentences just simply didn't make sense. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Tammy S
5.0 out of 5 stars Filicide.
Monsters all. The only one of these women I ever felt sorrow for was Andrea Yates. She had to have been going through mental hell. Now g cooped up with 5 children 24/7 and no help. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Lisa
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok!
Not as in depth as I had hoped. Most of what was in the book is online.I guess I expected too much. If I had not known anything about these cases, the info presented would be... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Linda R. Belair
1.0 out of 5 stars Ho Hum
Any of the information in this book can be found on any website about the killer. And the Internet will at least give you more details and accurate information. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Cat Roaming
5.0 out of 5 stars It was hard to put this book down. RJ ...
It was hard to put this book down. RJ kept it interesting, reading about these parents.Their births, growing up and becoming evil parents, thinking only of themselves. Read more
Published 10 days ago by larrynf
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not bad
Published 15 days ago by michelle marchand
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
Very informative. The stories weren't too long but very detailed. Definitely going to look at other books written by RJ Parker.
Published 17 days ago by Trina
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
I have already read most of the books about the killers I liked this because it was quick stories about each instead of going into great detail about everything
Published 19 days ago by rita
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick and Sparse
Quick and sparse; however, I did find it interesting that two of them are housed in my mom's hometown - Kerrville, Texas. What a beautiful town.
Published 28 days ago by june p Ortiz
2.0 out of 5 stars The story is interesting. The writing is juvenile.
The stories in this book are fascinating. However, the writing is similar to that of a 12 year old. Read more
Published 1 month ago by shannon luker
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RJ Parker, P.Mgr.,CIM, is an award-winning and bestselling true crime author and serial killer expert. He has written 14 true crime books, available in eBook, trade paperback and audiobook editions and have sold in over 80 countries. He holds Certifications in Serial Crime and Criminal Profiling. Parker publishes for several authors under his company RJ Parker Publishing, Inc.

Coming in 2014 by RJ Parker Publishing, Inc.:

TRUE CRIME:
Beyond Sticks and Stones: Bullying and Bullycide (March 14)
Parents Who Killed Their Children (May 1)
Serial Killers Abridged (May 31)
Missing Wives, Missing Lives by JJ Slate (June 16)
Social Media Monsters (Internet Killers) (Sept 20)
Serial Killers True Crime Anthology 2015, Volume 2 (December 15)

FICTION:
Cold Blooded II: Killer Moves by Bernard DeLeo (May 31)
Rick Cantelli, PI - book 3 by Bernard DeLeo (Aug)
Hard Case V by Bernard DeLeo (Dec)
The Collectors by Chris Swinney (Sept)
Peace by Bernard DeLeo (June) 2nd Edition
Sotello by Bernard DeLeo (June) 2nd Edition
Casserine by Bernard DeLeo (June) 2nd Edition
American Mutant by Bernard DeLeo (June) 2nd Edition
American Survival by Bernard DeLeo (June) 2nd Edition

RJ Parker was born and raised in Newfoundland and now resides in Ontario and Newfoundland, Canada. Parker started writing after becoming disabled with Anklyosing Spondylitis. He spent twenty-five years in various facets of Government and has two professional designations. In his spare time RJ enjoys playing the guitar, mandolin, piano, drums, steel guitar and sax. Many years ago he filled in several times with the rock bank April Wine, although Country music is his favorite.

To date, RJ has donated over 1,900 autographed books to allied troops serving overseas and to our wounded warriors recovering in Naval and Army hospitals all over the world. He also donates a percentage of royalties to Victims of Violent Crimes.

If you are a police officer, firefighter, paramedic or serve in the military, active or retired, RJ gives his eBooks freely in appreciation for your service. Please email him.

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