Year: 2001 Source: Cultural Studies Critical Methodologies, v.1, no.4, (2001), p.430-449 SIEC No: 20040762

This article presents the case of one woman who killed all 6 of her children before attempting to kill herself. The circumstances of the case are detailed, including a history of violence & suicidal threats between the perpetrator & her husband. The author argues that the woman’s commission of matricide & subsequent suicide attempt suggest that in fact she was not a “bad” mother but rather, was committed to being a mother, in that she could see no other alternative in order to keep her family together. (61 refs)