Breeders Not Parents
"Colin Pritchard, Emeritus Research Professor of Psychiatric Social Work, and Christopher Bagley, Emeritus Professor of Social Work Studies, based their findings on an analysis of police and official records of child homicides in two English counties over a 10-year period. The study involved the records of 33 children killed by 27 assailants between 1986 and 1995.
More than 80% of cases were 'family' murders, of whom 55% of the assailants were classified as 'mentally ill'."
--Academics Build Profile Of Child Killers by Polly Curtis, The Guardian, 12/18/2001.
The Bad Parenting
Hall of Shame
Mythological Child Killer
- Ellen Feinberg
A pediatrician in Champaign, Illinois who stabbed her two young sons, one fatally.
- Joel and Hedda Nussbaum
Parents of the departed Lisa Steinberg.
- Reetika Vaziran
A poet, educator, and translator, she allegedly slit the wrist of her 2 year old son and her own.
- Susan Smith
Drowned her two children and then reported that a car-jacker had stolen her car along with her two kids.
- Assia Wevill
The second wife of British poet Ted Hughes, she gassed herself and their 4 year old daughter, Shura.
Notorious Child Abusers / Neglecters
- Rodin & Camille Claudel
Sent their children one by one to orphanages.
- Joan Crawford
According to daughter Cristina Crawford in the book and movie "Mommie Dearest".
- Bing Crosby
According to this site, the crooner was abusive to the children of his first marriage.
- Hattie Dorset
Violent child abuser/ molester in the book "Sybil".
- Thomas Edison
- Pablo Picasso
Demanded that each of his children be turned over to an orphanage.
Extremely Poor Role Models For Their Children
- William S. Burroughs
- Charlie Manson
- Dylan Thomas
Also See: Prison Talk Online: How Do You Deal With Not Having Kids Yet?
Child Abuse and Neglect
Statistics and Info
- Buzzle.Com Child Abuse, Children and Family News
- National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information
- National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect
- The Political Consequences of Child Abuse by Alice Miller
- Yahoo! Directory: Child Abuse
Abuse & Neglect Books
- For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence
- Mommie Dearest
- Mothers Who Kill Their Children: Understanding the Acts of Moms from Susan Smith to the "Prom Mom"
- Prisoners of Childhood: The Drama of the Gifted Child and the Search for the True Self
- Running With Scissors
- They Cage the Animals at Night
- Toxic Parents