Domestic Murder and Murder-Suicide

Rather than recognizing that her apparent depression might be related to being abused, the report says, “The behavior noticed by her friends possibly related to fibromyalgia. Nancy was diagnosed with the disease, a chronic pain disorder closely related to depression, shortly before she was killed.”

According to the Washington Coalition Against Domestic Violence, only 22 percent of the 230 newspaper articles about domestic homicide that they analyzed specifically cited these as domestic violence-related incidents. A higher proportion of these stories, (48 percent), cited the killer’s stated motivation, such as “rejection”, “rage” or having been “provoked”, as if this were a reason for killing rather than an excuse…

The story quoted the killer as saying that he killed his ex-wife because of her “addiction” to instant lottery scratch tickets…

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