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Familicidal HeartsThe Emotional Styles of 211 Killers$
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Neil Websdale

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195315417

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195315417.001.0001

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Livid Coercive Hearts

Livid Coercive Hearts

Familicidal Hearts

Neil Websdale

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 focuses on eight perpetrators of familicide (7 male, one female) drawn from 77 cases (76 being male perpetrators) exhibiting a prior history of domestic violence and varying degrees of livid coercion. The author examines the early socialization of offenders, perpetrators’ searches for intimacy, including the lure of romance, and the parts played by aggressive and hostile, livid coercive behavior, sexual jealousy and obsessive attempts to control their partners. These outwardly intimate arrangements required much impression management, with livid coercive hearts evidencing intense shame, rage, and depression. Victim maneuverability, resistance, and agency are consistent themes and convey a strong sense of the contingent nature of domination and the problems associated with commonly used notions of “control” in violent interpersonal relationships. The discussion of the actual killings raises the possibility that familicide fleetingly dissipates or dissolves unbearable feelings of humiliated fury, recovering, momentarily, a lonely patina of pride.

Keywords:   livid coercion, early socialization, intimacy, jealousy, control, humiliated fury

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