Excerpt from Parents Who Kill Their Children

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

My teasers are usually fiction books, but I just started a non-fiction read, so you get a change today. I am reading Parents Who Kill Their Children, by R.J. Parker. Guess what it’s about?

Shortly after her husband left the house, Andrea wandered into the bathroom where she filled the tub with water about three inches from the top rim. Mary, then six months old, sat on the bathroom floor.

R.J. Parker, Parents Who Kill Their Children


What could drive parents to go against their fundamental protective instincts and murder their own children?
This collection of “Filicidal Killers” provides a gripping overview of how things can go horribly wrong in once-loving families. Parents Who Killed their Children depicts ten of the most notorious and horrific cases of homicidal parental units out of control. People like–Andrea Yates, Diane Downs, Susan Smith, and Jeffrey MacDonald–who received a great deal of media attention. The author explores the reasons; from addiction to postpartum psychosis, insanity to altruism, revenge and jealousy.

Each story is detailed with background information on the parents, the murder scenes, trials, sentencing and aftermath.


  1. Oh my god! That is awful! I could never read this book! You’re very brave for doing so.

  2. I read a lot of true crime and this sounds heart breaking and enraging at the same time. Why they do it is beyond me. I watch Snapped and ID and see a lot of these cases.
    My TT – http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/05/12/teaser-tuesdays-114-the-city-of-blood-a-paris-homicide-mystery/

  3. I’ll never understand how parents could kill their own children. Don’t think I could read this book–just sounds too depressing and horrifying to me.

  4. Horrifying and interesting. You do wonder what makes these sorts of people do what they do. My Teaser

  5. Quite a weighted read. Don’t think I could read this one – but I’m sure is quite eye-opening!

    Mine today is from Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

  6. I have been and sometimes still am a huge watcher of true crime drama and know some of the cases very well. I think that Andrea Yates is mentally ill and should be in a mental hospital the rest of her life and not jail. Hope you find it intersecting. Thanks for stopping by my blog to check out my TT.

  7. I couldn’t understand quite grasp the teaser until I read the title! Oh my gosh! You’re so brave for reading such a heavy-weighted book!

    Claudia @ My Soul Called Life

  8. Yes, horrifying indeed. I’m a little disturbed to admit that this one does sound intriguing! One of those attractive/repulsive reads I generally love. Thanks for sharing.

  9. This sound fascinating and horrifying. I don’t read nonfiction unless it is a professional book about reading or libraries or, lately, Common Core. Happy reading!

  10. Sounds like a mix of fascinating and horrific.

    I’m playing today at Beth Fish Reads

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