Sunday, February 22, 2009

When "Ordinary" Men Attack

First off, I didn't know that 'ordinary people' murdering their families was becoming a pandemic. But, that aside, this article is great for the 'what the fuck' factor.

Known as "family annihilators", these people, most always men, have a profound need for control that drives them to destroy their family when they can no longer provide for them financially or when the family has been divided by divorce. (With men who commit murder-suicides there tends to be a catalyst such as a financial or personal defeat that they view as catastrophic, while women who kill loved ones are more likely to have a history of mental-health conditions like postpartum psychosis, as in the case of Andrea Yates, the Texas mother who drowned her five young children in 2001.)

I don't know if you would describe a man who sees a 'financial or personal defeat' as cause to kill his kids as 'ordinary,' or even 'seemingly ordinary.'

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