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Korean J Leg Med. 2014 May;38(2):66-72. Korean.
Published online May 28, 2014.
© Copyright 2014 by the Korean Society for Legal Medicine
Analysis of Parricide and Filicide in Korea
Sung-Kook Jung,1 Jae-Ran Lee,1 Jin-Young Kim,1 Gi-Joo Taq,1 Ik-Joon Oh,1 and Eui-Cheol Myoung2
1Scientific Investigation Division, Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, Seoul, Korea.
2Scientific Investigation Division, Gangwon Provincial Police Agency, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon, Korea.

Corresponding author (Email: )
Received April 14, 2014; Revised May 15, 2014; Accepted May 15, 2014.

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Parricide, the crime of murdering a parent, accounts for about 5% of all homicides. Filicide is the crime of murdering one's own child. This study aimed to review demographic features and criminal characteristics of individuals who committed parricide and filicide in Republic of Korea (ROK). This study is based on data from the Korea Police Crime Analysis System, from 2006~2013. We assessed the diverse characteristics of both victims and perpetrators. Over the selected period, 381 parents were killed by their children and 230 children were killed by parents in the ROK. Parricides caused by schizophrenic murders accounted for 39.6% of all cases. Moreover, approximately 44.4% of the perpetrators attempted suicide following the maternal filicide. In our findings, psychiatric illness was a very important predictor in parricide, and these further suggest that young mothers with severe mental illness require careful monitoring by mental health support service.

Keywords: Parricide; Matricide; Patricide; Schizophrenia; Filicide


Table 1
Descriptive Statistic in Parricide
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Table 2
Frequencies for Relationship between Assailant and Victim
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Table 3
Frequencies for Gender and Age Group of Victim by Assailant's Gender
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Table 4
Frequencies for Victims by Age Group of Assailant
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Table 5
Descriptive Statistic in Filicide
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Table 6
Frequencies for Relationship between Victim and Assailant
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Table 7
Frequencies for Gender and Age Group of Victim by Assailant's Gender
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Table 8
Frequencies for Victim by Age Group of Assailants
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Table 9
Frequencies for Suicide by Assailant's Gender
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