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Mothers Who Kill Their Children: Understanding the Acts of Moms from Susan Smith to the "Prom Mom"

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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 ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by New York University Press
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Margaret Cornell
Jun 30, 2015 Margaret Cornell rated it did not like it
This book is unfair to women incarcerated for violent crimes, especially those who kill their children. The authors use a very broad brush to describe and discuss a subject with tremendous variation and nuance. They overgeneralize at every turn. Basically, the authors blame "the system": medical, legal, child advocacy, prison without considering each woman's state of mind. The effect of serious mental illness is glossed over and replaced by the failure of social services. None of the women are s ...more
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