As it becomes more evident, at least in my eyes, that Casey Anthony is the only one responsible for the death of her daughter, I want to know WHY? In reading through thousands and thousands of pages of documents, I still can’t find that answer.
I like many others can speculate as to why. We’ve all addressed that issue many times. She wanted freedom, she wanted to pay Cindy back for making her have Caylee, she was tired of being held down by the responsibilities of motherhood. Yet these are only speculations because as we all know Casey won’t even admit to killing Caylee much less tell anyone why she did it.
So, I decided to read a little bit about this and maybe find my own answers. I was amazed to see the difference in how the public sees a woman who has killed her own child as opposed to a man. Many studies have been done on this and I have concluded on my own that we as a society are not able to truly believe that a mother could willingly kill her child. We cannot accept that a mother would even fathom harming her child, and therefore we must find other reasons. Almost always the reason is mental illness. Yet if a father kills his children almost always he is treated a cold calloused killer and the public cries out for justice.
As a whole, women generally only commit two types of crime: 1. Shoplifting 2. MURDERING THEIR OWN CHILDREN
What I found very interesting is that in all of the cases that have been studied over the years, Feminists, Legal Researchers and Scholars have continued to stand by the theory that: Women who murder their own children are ill.
In most cases these women are hospitalized and treated. Yet almost always a father who kills his children is put away for life or executed. Juries in general have shown that they are not willing to hand down a murder conviction, much less a death sentence to a mother.
In all the studies performed, the researchers have done their best to show that these mothers have to be ill. It is believed that by showing mothers who kill their children are crazy, it gives the public comfort. Otherwise it would be unimagineable that a mother could make a rational choice to kill her child.
Women as a whole are not violent creatures and therefore scholars have argued that the majority of mothers who have killed their children suffer from depression, post partum depression or post partum psychosis. They also state that if none of these illness come in to play then there is other mental illness.
The problem with the illness theory is :
- While mental illness can explain “snapping”, it does not explain why it is only twoards their children and not strangers or others.
Therefore to give insight as to why a mother kills her own children the researchers have concluded the following:
Achild is viewed as a mothers property. To destroy ones own property is considered “crazy”, while destroying the property of others is “criminal”.Therefore mothers who kill generally go to a hospital.
The legal system treats a mother who has killed someone elses child as a sociopathic killer, yet shows mercy for a mother who kills her own. The reason for this is: it is easier to convict when harm has been done to someone elses property.
A study was performed in 2002 and the results showed that children under the age of 5 were more likely to be killed by their own parents than a sex crazed outside predator. According to the FBI statistics: Parents were responsible for 57% of the deaths of their children in 1999. Family friends and acquaintances accounted for 30% while other family members accounted for 8%.
According to Michelle Oberman who conducted part of this study : “MURDERING MOTHERS ARE JUST DIFFERENT” The media finds them to be newsworthy, while a father who kills is viewed as an ordinary killer.
The following reasons of why a mother kills are what is concluded after years of research:
- THE CHILD IS UNWANTED
- OUT OF MERCY
- AS A RESULT OF MENTAL ILLNESS
- RETALIATION AGAINST A SPOUSE
- AS A RESULT OF ABUSE
- TO PUNISH THEMSELVES
- TO “ERASE” IN ORDER TO PERSUE A RELATIONSHIP
- ANGRY AT THEMSELVES OR TO DESTROY WHAT THEY HAVE CREATED.
What I did find interesting is that in the cases studied, almost all of the mothers disposed of their children in a “womb like” fashion. They either swaddled them, submerged them in water or wrapped them tightly in plastic.
The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children stated that most children killed by their mothers were always found close to home, while a child killed by the father is generally hundreds of miles away.
The last concluded reason I found for women killing their children is: WOMEN STILL BELIEVE THEY HAVE SOLE DOMINATION OVER SO LITTLE “PROPERTY”, THAT THE DESTRUCTION AND CONTROL OF SOMETHING THAT IS IN FACT THEIR “PROPERTY” SENDS A POWERFUL MESSAGE ABOUT WHO IS REALLY IN CHARGE…
It was kind of creepy to think about these women and any other woman who can commit the worst act possible and know that she will be able to plead insanity. While I do believe there are some mothers who truly are suffering from mental illness and I have witnessed mental illness first hand, I also think there are some that are just cold blooded killers and should be held accountable.
While we all know the most famous cases and names of the mothers who killed their children I was surprised to read so many names that I never heard of.
- DEBRA JENNER- STABBED 3 YR OLD DAUGHTER MORE THAN 70 TIMES.
- PATRICIA BLACKMON – MURDERED 2YR OLD ADOPTED SON
- KENISHA BERRY- COVERED 4DAY OLD SON IN DUCT TAPE RESULTING IN DEATH
- DEBRA JEAN MILKE- MURDERED 4 YEAR OLD SON
- DORA LUZ DURENROSTRO- MURDERED HER 4 AND 9YR OLD DAUGHTERS AND 8YR OLD SON
- CARO SOCCORRO- MURDERED HER 5,8, AND 11 YR OLD SONS
- SUSAN EUBANKS- MURDERED HER 4,6,7,AND 14 YR OLD SONS
- CAROLINE YOUNG – MURDERED HER 4YR OLD GRAND DAUGHTER AND 6 YR OLD GRAND SON
- ROBIN LEE ROW- MURDERED HER 8YR OLD DAUGHTER AND 10 YR OLD SON
- MICHIELLE SUE THARP- MURDERED HER 7YR OLD DAUGHTER
- FRANCES ELAINE NEWTON- MURDERED HER 7YR OLD SON AND 2YR OLD DAUGHTER
- DARLIE LYNN ROUTIER- MURDERED HER 5YR OLD SON
Though I have never heard the names of these women or their children I cannot help but feel sad and wonder how many more names are out there that are just like them and just like Caylee Anthony? While the studies are informative, I still don’t think any reason cited is enough to justify these children dying at the hands of their mothers.