Daily Archives: August 9, 2006

CCDI on Katie McCarron


Katie McCarron by Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities in Illinois.

Sobsey suggests that the “widespread social perception that ‘altruistic homicides’ like the killing of Tracy Latimer, are the acts of heroic and loving parents who deserve praise rather than punishment can be expected to encourage more parents to kill their children.”

Sobsey’s research also sheds light on what it is exactly that causes a parent to kill a child – it has very little to do with “mercy killing.” In fact, FBI profilers and criminologists agree that “the deeper motivation for mercy killing to be a pathological need for ‘power and control.'”