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Multiple‐victim parricides in South Africa, 1990–2019


Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling

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["\nAbstract\nPrevious studies of homicides in South Africa have examined serial murders and mass killings. While some scholars have examined parricides in African countries such as Ghana and Zimbabwe, few have examined the intersection of parricide and multiple victim homicides in the context of South Africa. This paper examines multiple victim parricides in a South African context using newspapers and court records as data. Eighteen cases of multiple‐victim parricides were identified and analysed. Our findings indicate that multiple victim parricides in South Africa are shaped by residential patterns as well as social and cultural factors that are unique to South Africa that are embodied in the offence characteristics. The implications on the findings are discussed.\n", "Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, Volume 17, Issue 3, Page 264-279, October 2020. "]