Family annihilation—wherein men kill their wives and kids (and, more often than not, themselves)—is so grotesque that it feels like it should only happen when a person is blinded by anger. But Chris Watts didn't murder his family in a fit of rage. We explore how his case breaks the family annihilator pattern.
When Lizzie Borden was arrested and charged with the gruesome 1892 axe murders of her father and stepmother, no one could have predicted the widespread, lasting fascination with the case. A&E True Crime spoke with lawyer Cara Robertson about her new book, 'The Trial of Lizzie Borden,' about the most intriguing elements of the murder case.
Shortly after Chris Watts was sentenced to three life sentences without the possibility of parole for the murder of his wife and two daughters, prosecutors released a 2,000-page document known as the discovery (i.e. their evidence against Watts). The file contained a massive trove of surveillance photos, FBI interviews, text messages, police interviews with friends and family and more. We examine some of the discovery's details.
Researchers have found the vast majority of people who kill their families (familicide), are men with a history of violence toward their spouse and children. But what tips the scale from abuse to murder? And which men are most likely to kill? We spoke to a professor of forensic psychology for answers.