Thursday, April 3, 2008

Mothers who Kill

The following article contains some tragic stories. I feel great compassion for the victims of these murders, however I have said it before and I will say it again. Just because some women can commit heinous acts does not in any way suggest that all women should be condemned but rather these acts are aberrations. So too it is with fathers who kill their children, it is tragic, but it is an aberration.

Men do not have a monopoly on violence, all humans are capable of terrible things. However, much radical feminist propoganda (ie "all men are rapists") would suggest that because some men do horrible things all men should be condemned. While promotional material for anti domestic violence programs in Australia has been created that only presents men as the perpetraitors.

There is never a single suggestion that men are victims, but research has shown that men are significant victims of violence at the hands of women. And in lesbian relationships there is plenty of research that shows women can be violent and abusive to each other.

Yet we know that feminists love to use the great catch cry "women can do anything" and let me tell you baby this freedom comes with responsibility and by anything we must of course include violence. So here I go ago busting the gender myths - GR Klein

By ANGELA K. BROWN Associated Press May 30, 2007

An eight-month-old survived and was taken to a hospital.

The woman was identified as Gilberta Estrada, of Oak Hills mobile home park, in Hudson Oaks, about 40km west of Fort Worth, Texas.

Her sister, Alejandra, who lived nearby, forced her way into the locked home after the woman failed to show up for work.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the sister rescued the infant when she realised the baby girl was still alive.

The other children, ages 5, 3 and 2, had all had been hanged with strips of clothing and sashes, Fowler said.

"It's horrendous. That's all I can say," he said. "It's just something you don't want to see."
The infant was listed in good condition at a Fort Worth hospital, Fowler said.

The sheriff said the hangings appeared to be murder-suicide because the trailer's doors were locked from the inside and a relative said the woman had been depressed.

The young mother and her girls were last seen alive Monday evening, he said. She was believed to be separated from her husband.

"I just got a big kick out of watching the kids play over there on her porch, and today it's sad, very sad," said neighbour Joyce Harris.

Texas has seen a number of child killings by mothers in recent years.

Less than five years earlier, another Hudson Oaks family was torn apart when Dee Etta Perez, 39, shot her three children, ages 4, 9 and 10, before killing herself.

Andrea Yates drowned her five children in the family's Houston bathtub in 2001. In 2003, Deanna Laney beat her two young sons to death with stones in East Texas, and Lisa Ann Diaz drowned her daughters in a Plano bathtub. Dena Schlosser fatally severed her 10-month-old daughter's arms with a kitchen knife in 2004.

All four of those women were found innocent by reason of insanity. Yates initially was convicted of capital murder, but that verdict was overturned on appeal.
(This reminds me of the mother who drowned her daughter in the bath and was given not guilty by insanity. We cling so desperately to the myth of motherhood that when faced with the cold hard reality that just like the rest of us mothers are human and capable of murder we cringe and in desperation to find an answer we can live with we announce that they must have been CRAZY - GR Klein)

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