History Main / PaterFamilicide

18th Sep '16 3:32:32 AM Morgenthaler
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The trope gained fame mainly through the murderous antics of John List, arguably the TropeCodifier. Having lost his job and become deeply in debt, List's InsaneTrollLogic was that poverty was an affront to God, so it would be better for his family to go straight to heaven than on welfare. List then went into hiding and successfully stayed hidden until ''AmericasMostWanted'' featured him on the show, bringing about his arrest as a result.

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The trope gained fame mainly through the murderous antics of John List, arguably the TropeCodifier. Having lost his job and become deeply in debt, List's InsaneTrollLogic was that poverty was an affront to God, so it would be better for his family to go straight to heaven than on welfare. List then went into hiding and successfully stayed hidden until ''AmericasMostWanted'' ''Series/AmericasMostWanted'' featured him on the show, bringing about his arrest as a result.
6th Sep '16 10:41:38 AM ThePest179
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* [[http://www.kbtx.com/home/headlines/Sesler_Indicted_for_Murder_of_His_Waller_Family_146196575.html Trey Sesler]], who killed his parents and brother because he was planning a school shooting and didn't want them to live with the pain of knowing what he did.

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* [[http://www.kbtx.com/home/headlines/Sesler_Indicted_for_Murder_of_His_Waller_Family_146196575.html Trey Sesler]], an amateur anime reviewer on Youtube, who killed his parents and brother because he was planning a school shooting and didn't want them to live with the pain of knowing what he did.
6th Sep '16 10:40:33 AM ThePest179
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* [[http://www.kbtx.com/home/headlines/Sesler_Indicted_for_Murder_of_His_Waller_Family_146196575.html Trey Sesler]], who killed his parents and brother because he was planning a school shooting and didn't want them to live with the pain of knowing what he did.
19th Aug '16 12:20:41 AM rmctagg09
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While OffingTheOffspring describes premeditated filicide, this trope involves the head of the household unilaterally killing their kids and their spouse. Compare WhereIWasBornAndRazed. The occasional RealLife examples get massive attention in national news -- these might be part of what gives this trope its resonance. The examples from Myth/GreekMythology below make this OlderThanFeudalism.

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While OffingTheOffspring describes premeditated filicide, this trope involves the head of the household unilaterally killing their kids and their spouse. A subtrope of MurderInTheFamily. Compare WhereIWasBornAndRazed. The occasional RealLife examples get massive attention in national news -- these might be part of what gives this trope its resonance. The examples from Myth/GreekMythology below make this OlderThanFeudalism.
14th Aug '16 8:24:16 PM Chengar
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** The film also shows Magda Goebbles' murder of her children, which is mentioned in the RealLife section.
22nd Jul '16 12:34:41 PM NESBoy
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', when the family seemingly run out of options to resolve the issue of air traffic over their house, Homer suggests a murder-suicide pact as their ultimate way to escape their troubles. [[AvertedTrope He then tells Marge that it's just an expression.]]
14th Jul '16 9:30:27 PM DrOO7
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* A Series/ColdCase case was thought to be this, but was reopened when the sole survivor, the daughter, began to regain her memory and realized that it ''wasn't'' her father who shot everyone.
14th Jul '16 9:27:02 PM DrOO7
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* Another GenderFlip version paired this with IfICantHaveYou. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitter_Blood Susie Newsom]] divorced her husband Tom Lynch and took up with her ''cousin'' Fritz Klenner. When Tom filed for custody of their two sons because of the incestuous relationship (and among other things, Klenner was a fraud practicing medicine though he'd never even been to college, as well as a virulent racist), Fritz and Susie began killing people who could support Tom either financially or personally--his mother and sister as well as ''her'' parents and grandmother. When the cops came to confront the pair, they grabbed the boys and took off in their SUV. After a 15-minute chase, Susie detonated a bomb located under her seat, destroying the car and killing them all.
26th Jun '16 10:10:57 AM nombretomado
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* Captain Brage in ''BaldursGate'' gets his hands on a cursed bastard sword, goes berserk and kills his family, along with several of his fellow officers.
* In the first ''FatalFrame'' game, the Master of the Himuro Mansion goes insane when the Rope Maiden ritual fails, and he proceeds to kill not only his family, but the priests, the attendants, and everyone in the household not previously killed by the Dark. Then he becomes a ghost that continues to slay anyone who enters the Mansion.

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* Captain Brage in ''BaldursGate'' ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' gets his hands on a cursed bastard sword, goes berserk and kills his family, along with several of his fellow officers.
* In the first ''FatalFrame'' ''VideoGame/FatalFrame'' game, the Master of the Himuro Mansion goes insane when the Rope Maiden ritual fails, and he proceeds to kill not only his family, but the priests, the attendants, and everyone in the household not previously killed by the Dark. Then he becomes a ghost that continues to slay anyone who enters the Mansion.
23rd May '16 3:59:08 PM MarkLungo
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** In a particularly cruel real-life TwilightZoneTwist, when the abandoned List home burned down the year after the murders, investigators found an antique stained glass ceiling that was worth more than enough money to solve the family's financial problems, at least in the short term, making the deaths especially pointless.

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** In a particularly cruel real-life TwilightZoneTwist, example of a CruelTwistEnding, when the abandoned List home burned down the year after the murders, investigators found an antique stained glass ceiling that was worth more than enough money to solve the family's financial problems, at least in the short term, making the deaths especially pointless.
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