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Familicidal Hearts: The Emotional Styles of 211 Killers

Neil Websdale


Familicide involves the killing of a current or former spouse or partner and one or more of their children, followed, in many cases, by the suicide of the perpetrator. These killings are limited to the modern era and seem to be on the rise in late modern times, deeply disturbing the communities in which they occur. Familicidal Hearts explores the emotional styles of 196 male and 15 female perpetrators of this shocking offence, situating their emotional styles on a continuum with livid coercive killers at one end and civil reputable murderers at the other. The analysis identifies the pivotal ro ... More

Keywords: familicide, emotional formations, emotional styles, livid coercive, civil reputable, haunting, murder, domestic violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195315417
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195315417.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil Websdale, author
Northern Arizona University