Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Murder-Suicide: Common Characteristics of Scenarios Where Murder Precedes Suicide

Photograph of the Decker Ranch, scene of a
recent murder-suicide in Southern Colorado
On June 8, 2012, authorities found two dead bodies at a ranch close to the Colorado/New Mexico border.  They discovered the body of William Decker hanging in the barn, and soon after, they discovered the body of his nephew, Robert Decker, buried in a shallow grave, one foot sticking out of the ground. Robert showed signs of head trauma, and he had been shot.

The authorities then went to the home of William Decker's sister, Billie, in Durango, where they also found her dead. She had been strangled and also showed signs of head trauma.

The current working theory is that there was a dispute over the ranch property between family members after the matriarch of the family died in April, 2012. At this point, the police are not looking for additional suspects, and they assume William Decker killed his sister and nephew and then hung himself.

Murder. Then suicide. There has been a surprising amount of research regarding this phenomenon over the last 30 years. It takes on different forms, but there are a few patterns that tend to emerge from the scientific literature. In the next several blog posts, I will write about this phenomenon in more detail. In this post, I will outline some of the common patterns that researchers have discovered over the years:

1. By far, men are most likely to commit murder-suicide. It tends to be middle aged men, although there are numerous high profile examples of teenagers killing students at school before turning the gun on themselves.

2. Typically, people will kill people they know as part of a murder-suicide. Usually, family members are the victims.

3. The most common murder-suicide situation is where a man kills his wife or ex-wife, possibly their children, and then himself.

4. Another common situation involves a parent killing his children and then himself. Sometimes, mothers will kill their children in an 'altruistic act,' thus saving the children from the pain of the world.

5. Jealousy and rage is typically involved. A husband is jealous of the estranged wife's new life. Or, a man is enraged because his mother left the ranch to someone else.

6. In rarer occasions, a person will commit mass murder as part of a psychotic episode or in the midst of  cult activities. Then, the person will kill himself. This sometimes happens as a result of workplace stress, as well.

7. There are extremely rare documented cases where an individual commits murder in the hope that he will be executed as a result. This seems like a horribly inefficient (and shockingly expensive to the tax payers) way of committing suicide. What is more common is 'suicide by cop,' where a person will shoot at police officers in the hope that the police will kill him. In some cases, the person unintentionally kills a police officer in the shootout.

Although the police have not yet concluded that what happened at the Decker Ranch was a murder-suicide, it certainly shares many of the characteristics common to such an event. William Decker was a middle aged man who had the motivation to be jealous and angry. He likely felt slighted about his mother's handling of the family ranch, and he was probably still grieving his mother's death. He killed family members and then hung himself.

In the next blog post, I will focus on the risk factors associated with murder-suicide.

Thanks for reading-- Max Wachtel, Ph.D.


LVMH statements company revenue had been upward two. 1 % from the hermes replica 12 months previously in order to 3. 63 billion dollars pounds within '08, however product sales in the usa droped four. goal % as well as within Okazaki, japan 5. sixteen % this past year. Nevertheless, the actual team anxious within it's yearly statement which overall performance within The far east had been "solid" as well as powerful. Cartier, the actual France jewelry sales person as well as watchmaker, is actually preparing much more shops within very first as well as second-tier Chinese language metropolitan areas following publishing double-digit development within '08. Yan Jun, controlling overseer associated with Beijing-based Ecole Style & Luxurious Talking to Ltd., states the actual broadening center course makes up an essential number of customers who wish and may pay for chanel replica luxurious products. "Aged in between twenty five as well as forty as well as residing in created areas, they're trendy, older, as well as enthusiastic regarding way of life as well as high quality, inches he or she states. As much as 170 zillion individuals, or even 13 % from the populace, are able luxurious gucci outlet manufacturers and also the quantity may achieve 300 zillion following 12 months, based on the The far east Organization associated with Personalisation Technique. The us govenment is designed to construct "a well-off society" through 2020, along with for each capita GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT associated with 3, 000 Oughout. Utes. bucks. Created areas, for example Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Suzhou as well as Wenzhou, along with chanel replica an overall total populace of greater than three hundred zillion, will dsicover for each capita GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT surpass 15, 000 Oughout. Utes. bucks.

The Blue Book is an authentic institution at Tiffany's. Born in 1854 in the United States as a mail order catalogue, it has over the years become an annual anthology of the most replica watches extraordinary jewellery created by the master artisans of the New York Maison, impatiently awaited by brand aficionados, fashion icons, rich clients and jewellery experts. The Blue Book offers one of the most comprehensive and ray ban replica splendid ranges of one-of-kind High Jewellery models, and its annual publication is marked by a must-see event in which the creations are worn and set off to perfection by the world's most beautiful women. This year's edition of the replica handbags new "Blue Book, the Art of Transformation" collection, inspired by the exploration of nature and the oceans, was celebrated in due style last April by a gala held at the historical Cunard Building in New York. Actresses Reese Witherspoon, Naomi Watts, Diane Kruger and Jessica Biel literally dazzled guests, including by the stunning jewellery they were wearing on this cheap nike air max glittering event. The "Blue Book, The Art of Transformation" also welcomes a selection of jewellery watches specially created for the occasion.

Wearer simply UK Replica watches pull out the crown, or rotate backwards in hours ahead, you can be adjusted to local time master hour, handbag replica did not affect the accuracy of travel of the minute hand, can synchronize the date forward or Designer handbags backward automatically adjusted. Another extremely useful feature is the marked travel 24 time zones of Watches Replica the world on behalf of the rotating inner city name, whenever and Replica Rolex Watches wherever the wearer to pass.

Post a Comment


Twitter Delicious Facebook Digg Stumbleupon Favorites More