When Mothers Kill Interviews from Prison

ISBN-10: 0814757022
ISBN-13: 9780814757024
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 6/1/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

aThis is the first book that analyzes the subjective perceptions of incarcerated mothers convicted of killing their children. It provides an extraordinarily insightful humanizing view of how these pariahs adapt to prison and make sense of their crimes.a --Phillip J. Resnick, M.D., Case Western Reserve University Michelle Oberman and Cheryl L. Meyer donat write for news magazines or prime-time investigative television shows, but the stories they tell hold the same fascination. When Mothers Kill is compelling. In a clear, direct fashion the authors recount what they have learned from interviewing women imprisoned for killing their children. Readers will be shocked and outraged--as much by the violence the women have endured in their own lives as by the violence they engaged in--but they will also be informed and even enlightened. Oberman and Meyer are leading authorities on their subject. Their 2001 book, "Mothers Who Kill Their Children," drew from hundreds of newspaper articles as well as from medical and social science journals to propose a comprehensive typology of amaternal filicide.a In that same year, driven by a desire to test their typology--and to better understand child-killing women not just as types but as individuals--Oberman and Meyer began interviewing women who had been incarcerated for the crime. After conducting lengthy, face-to-face interviews with forty prison inmates, they returned and selected eight women to speak with at even greater length. This new book begins with these stories, recounted in the matter-of-fact words of the inmates themselves. There are collective themes that emerge from these individualaccounts, including histories of relentlessinterpersonal violence, troubled relationships with parents (particularly with mothers), twisted notions of romantic love, and deep conflicts about motherhood. These themes structure the bookas overall narrative, which also includes an insightful examination of the social and institutional systems that have failed these women. Neither the mothers nor the authors offer these stories as excuses for these crimes.

Michelle Oberman is Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Stories
The Saddest Stories
"She's the World to Me": The Mother-Daughter Relationships Described by Mothers Who Committed Filicide
Fighting for Love: Filicidal Mothers and Their Male Partners
Mothering: Hopes, Expectations, and Realities
Punishment, Shame, and Guilt
Making Sense of the Stories
Interactions with the State: Holes in the Safety Nets
The End of the Story
Methodology
Neonaticide
Mothers Who Purposely Kill Their Children
Notes
Index
About the Authors

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