All in the family

By David Lomas In Commentary

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20th June, 2009
The killer of the Bain family was a "family annihilator" - one of a chilling list of such murderers in New Zealand. In recent decades at least nine people in New Zealand have slaughtered or attempted to slaughter two or more of their family. The death toll from their familicide stands at 44. The "family annihilator" term was coined by Professor Jack Levin, a darling of the US television circuit and head of sociology and criminology at Northeastern University in Boston. He teaches a course called "Sociology of Violence and Hate" and is the author of the recently released book Serial ...

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