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by Michelle Oberman,Kelly White,Michelle Rone,Cheryl L. Meyer
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  • Author:
    Michelle Oberman,Kelly White,Michelle Rone,Cheryl L. Meyer
  • ISBN:
    0814756441
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    978-0814756447
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    NYU Press (August 1, 2001)
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    224 pages
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The discussions of Susan Smith and the "Prom Mom" ignore the very obvious motivations for their crimes. This type of double standard does a disservice to the innocent children being killed.

The discussions of Susan Smith and the "Prom Mom" ignore the very obvious motivations for their crimes. It is a thin and frivolous justification for a heinous crime.

Santa Clara University. Laurence Hammack, Roanoke Mom Admits Drowning Son; Pleads No Contest to Infant's Murder, ROANOKE TIMES & WORLD NEWS, Apr. 8, 1995, at AI. 309. Id. 310.

by Cheryl L. Meyer (Author), Michelle Oberman (Author), Kelly White (Contributor), Michelle Rone (Contributor) & 1. .This book is a detailed look at both famous (Susan Smith and Melissa Drexler AKA "The Prom Mom") and the lesser known cases of maternal filicide. Meyer (Author), Michelle Oberman (Author), Kelly White (Contributor), Michelle Rone (Contributor) & 1 more.

Start by marking Mothers Who Kill Their Children: Understanding the . This book is unfair to women incarcerated for violent crimes, especially those who kill their children.

Start by marking Mothers Who Kill Their Children: Understanding the Acts of Moms from Susan Smith to the "Prom Mom" as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Cases such as those of Susan Smith, who drowned her two young sons by driving her car into a lake, and Melissa Drexler, who disposed of her newborn baby in a restroom at her prom, become media sensations. Unfortunately, in addition to these high-profile cases, hundreds of mothers kill their children A special kind of horror is reserved for mothers who kill their children.

Home Browse Books Book details, Mothers Who Kill Their Children: Understanding. Mothers Who Kill Their Children: Understanding the Acts of Moms from Susan Smith to the "Prom Mom". By Cheryl L. Meyer, Michelle Oberman, Kelly White, Michelle Rone, Priya Batra, Tara C. Proano. Over 14 million journal, magazine, and newspaper articles.

Michelle Rone, Kelly White. Cheryl L. Meyer, Michelle Oberman, Tara Proano

Michelle Rone, Kelly White. Meyer, Michelle Oberman, Tara Proano. Meyer & Michelle Oberman. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. ― Chinese Proverb.

A special kind of horror is reserved for mothers who kill their children. Kill Their Children : Understanding the Acts of Moms from Susan Smith to the Prom Mom.

Cheryl L. Meyer is Professor of Psychology at Wright State University School of Professional Psychology in Dayton, Ohio. She is also the author of The Wandering Uterus (NYU Press). Michelle Oberman is Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law. Country of Publication.

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A special kind of horror is reserved for mothers who kill their children. Cases such as those of Susan Smith, who drowned her two young sons by driving her car into a lake, and Melissa Drexler, who disposed of her newborn baby in a restroom at her prom, become media sensations. Unfortunately, in addition to these high-profile cases, hundreds of mothers kill their children in the United States each year. The question most often asked is, why? What would drive a mother to kill her own child?

Those who work with such cases, whether in clinical psychology, social services, law enforcement or academia, often lack basic understandings about the types of circumstances and patterns which might lead to these tragic deaths, and the social constructions of motherhood which may affect women's actions. These mothers oftentimes defy the myths and media exploitation of them as evil, insane, or lacking moral principles, and they are not a homogenous group. In obvious ways, intervention strategies should differ for a teenager who denies her pregnancy and then kills her newborn and a mother who kills her two toddlers out of mental illness or to further a relationship. A typology is needed to help us to understand the different cases that commonly occur and the patterns they follow in order to make possible more effective prevention plans.

Mothers Who Kill Their Children draws on extensive research to identify clear patterns among the cases of women who kill their children, shedding light on why some women commit these acts. The characteristics the authors establish will be helpful in creating more meaningful policies, more targeted intervention strategies, and more knowledgeable evaluations of these cases when they arise.


Alister
Very statistical with examples here and there. I was hoping for the other way around.
Ziena
This book traces a tradition of which most Americans are unaware: mothers who kill an infant post partum have generally been treated leniently (prior to the last ten years or so) by the criminal justice system. Indeed, in England there is a statute so providing. Oberman and Meyer explore the tradition and its probable policy basis and whether it should be retained.
Kare
This book is a detailed look at both famous (Susan Smith and Melissa Drexler AKA "The Prom Mom") and the lesser known cases of maternal filicide
romrom
I ordered this book based on the cover - assuming that this would be a case by case synopsis of various murdering moms. However, I was wrong. This book is like reading 1000 articles from a medical journal. It is definitely not for casual crime readers such as myself. The vignettes are a paragraph long at best then dissolve into various author opinions on what is wrong with the state of our social service departments, society in general, fathers today, poverty, and on and on. I was really surprised by the Susan Smith case review as the author seemed to completely miss or purposely disregard the fact that the real motive for killing her children was prompted by her dream of a new life with a rich man at work. I do no think her vague unnamed personality disorder was the main factor there. Not recommended.
Winasana
I read the book in an attempt to gain understanding however the authors provided only excuses. As a woman, a mother, an antiviolence activist/advocate; I found this book lacking. This book lacked empathy and compassion for the most powerless victims-the children.

This book lacked objectivity. The cases summaries, if you can call them that, are actually far leaning slants towards devaluing the lives of children. The authors made the case that these women were so depressed and defeated during the moments that they were murdering children, yet not too depressed and defeated to try to cover up the evil acts in an attempt to escape the punishment.

This book lacked hope. We are presented with "case summaries" of women who had run into very trying and difficult obstacles and yet we are to consider accepting that they had no other choice but to kill their children. Is dying any better at the hands of your mother than if it were a stranger? Are you any less dead because it was your mother who killed you?

Listen, if you are writing a truly objective research paper or something like that then this book will serve you well in coming up with a counter argument to common sense.
Dianazius
I work in the field of abused children. I felt this book did not hold the women accountable for their actions. The author's basically gave them a "free pass" in life by making excuses. It does not matter if you are rich, poor, abused....you took a life ( a very innocent life that could not protect him or herself ).
In addition, they did not go into enough detail with the stories they presented. Basically, they gave a few lines regarding a case, and that was it. I think it would have been better to have spent more time on a few cases including all of the history.
Gamba
IT IS A WASTE OF TIME. THESE BIASED WOMEN WHO WROTE IT WANT US TO FEEL GUILTY FOR THE ACTS OF THESE KILLER MOMS. THEY DO NOT WANT THESE MOMS FOR ANY REASON, TO GO TO PRISON. THEY DEVALUE THE LIVES OF THE BABY AND CHILD VICTIMS.IT IS NOT ABOUT UNDERSTANDING ANYTHING. IT IS ALL ABOUT BLAMING SOCIETY. ALL CAPS FOR ANGER. These authors do not give any of these mothers any personal responsibility at all.
Mothers are the majority of child killers and are one of the greatest hazards to children. On the rare occasions when this subject comes up it is inevitably accompanied by a remark that this is "the hardest crime to understand." That's because common wisdom views women as incapable of evil. When stories of female teachers who molest male children surface, they are always followed by disclaimers that female pedophilia is "rare," even though these stories number in the hundreds and are likely underreported. It was inevitable that most treatments of child-killing and battery by mothers would treat the perpetrators as "troubled" or "victims of abuse." But aren't male killers equally troubled? Do they come from happy, well adjusted homes? The discussions of Susan Smith and the "Prom Mom" ignore the very obvious motivations for their crimes.

This type of double standard does a disservice to the innocent children being killed. It is a thin and frivolous justification for a heinous crime.