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Parents Who Killed Their Children: True stories of Murder (True CRIME Library RJPP Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

RJ Parker , Hartwell Editing , Jacqueline Cross
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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, revenge and jealousy.

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."

INSIDE THE BOOK
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"

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.


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"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

**WARNING** .. This book contains graphic forensic crime scene photos and statements that some may find very disturbing. 
   
    
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 
  
"Too many times, we assume the parenting instinct is natural, particularly in females. RJ Parker proves, with accounts of parents who murder their own children, the instinct can simply be missing entirely. In this harrowing collection of cases, Parker explores the crime of filicide, and seeks to find an answer: why a parent could murder their child."
-Judith A. Yates, Author of "When Nashville Bled" & "The Devil You Know," winner of the 2014 Silver Falchion Award for True Crime

Product Details

  • File Size: 1538 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494787067
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: RJ Parker Publishing, Inc.; First edition (April 30, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HJBK2FG
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14 of 15 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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12 of 14 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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10 of 12 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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6 of 7 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for any true crime fan May 28, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was well written and easy to read. It had some cases I remember hearing about and some I've never heard of. 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. I can't wait to read other books he's written.
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6 of 7 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ho Hum August 13, 2014
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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. The author got so many details wrong about the three cases I read, which I have followed for many years. There is nothing new about any of these stories. Save your money and read the true, accurate accounts on-line for free.
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6 of 7 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Well documented and easy reading.
Interesting, but rather gruesome to read about the reality of these murders committed on inocente children, by their parents who supposedly should be protecting them. Read more
Published 1 day ago by mallky
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
great book!! Every story was very well detailed so much information. Makes you wonder how a parent could actually kill their own child/children
Published 5 days ago by Elisa McCann
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book
Loved the book. I read it straight through, could not put It down. Liked the individual stories, easy to read. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Junebug
5.0 out of 5 stars Parents who kill children
This was so sad. I had such a heartache for the children that were involved in the terrible crimes. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Sandee0769
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking book
Good stories that were very interesting to read. The dialog lacked the story-telling technique, but I suppose that is okay with this type of book. Read more
Published 12 days ago by D. Seys
5.0 out of 5 stars Parker never let's the reader down. Great book!
Another interesting read by Rj Parker. Highly recommended, you won't be disappointed.
Published 13 days ago by Christy Baird
5.0 out of 5 stars Review by Lorie Matteson
To me there is no crime that is more reprehensible than parents harming their own children. I delayed reading this book because I honestly just find the thought of a person killing... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Jeb
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read
Another great book by a great true crime author
Published 15 days ago by Paul Stanbrook
3.0 out of 5 stars Good reading but depressing
Interesting and very sad
Published 15 days ago by Ltak46
5.0 out of 5 stars ... learned a lot more about them from reading this great book. Thanks...
I had heard of most of these cases but learned a lot more about them from reading this great book. Thanks RJ keep up the good work!
Published 15 days ago by Darlene Horn
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RJ Parker, P.Mgr.,CIM, is an award-winning and bestselling true crime author and co-owner with his daughters of RJ Parker Publishing. Inc. He has written 17 true crime books, available in eBook, paperback and audiobook editions, and have sold in over 100 countries. He holds Certifications in Serial Crime and Criminal Profiling.

ALL Paperbacks under RJ Parker Publishing are in the KINDLE MATCHBOOK program: When you purchase any print book, you get the eBook for FREE

Besides gifting books to his cause, Wounded Warriors, and donating to Victims of Violent Crimes, RJ has daily contests on Facebook where he gifts eBooks and autographed books.

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER....

~ Backseat Tragedies: Hot Car Deaths (Pre-order now for April 14, 2015 release) by RJ Parker and JJ Slate

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~ Till Death Do Us Part by JJ Slate (Feb 28)
~ Serial Killer Groupies (Dec 31)
~ 2015 Serial Killers True Crime Anthology (Dec 15)
~ The Vampire Next Door: The True Story of The Vampire Rapist by J.T. Hunter (Oct 11)
~ Social Media Monsters: Internet Killers (Sept 18)
~ Missing Wives, Missing Lives by JJ Slate (June 16)
~ Serial Killers Abridged (May 31)
~ Parents Who Killed Their Children (May 1)
~ Beyond Sticks and Stones: Bullying and Bullycide (March 14)

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Cold Blooded III: Sins and Sanctions by Bernard DeLeo (Dec)
The Collectors (Book 2 Bill Dix Detective Series) by Chris Swinney (Aug)
Gray Ghost (Book 1 Bill Dix Detective Series) by Chris Swinney (Aug)
Rick Cantelli, PI - book 3 by Bernard DeLeo (Aug)
Cold Blooded II: Killer Moves by Bernard DeLeo (May 31)
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
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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 2,200 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.

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