Parricide From Two Perspectives: Findings From SHR and NIBRS Data

Thomas A. Petee, Auburn University
Kathleen M. Heide, University of South Florida

Empirical analysis of homicides in which children have killed parents has been limited. The most comprehensive and recent analysis involving parents and stepparents as victims was undertaken by Heide for the 10-year period 1977-1986 and relied exclusively on Supplementary Homicide Report (SHR) Data. This paper will provide an updated examination of parricide victims, offenders, and cases for the most recently available year period (1996-2000) using two data sets: SHR data and National Incident Based Reporting Service (NIBRS) data. The data sets have different strengths. The SHR data base, which provides limited data on offender, victim, and offense characteristics, is a national data set that includes all 50 states. The NIBRS data base, in contrast, collects much more descriptive data, but because this system is still being implemented, data collection is currently only available for a more limited portion of the United States. This paper will synthesize the data from both data sets to provide the most complete analysis of fathers, mothers, and stepparents slain available to date.

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