Journal Published Online: 01 July 1999
Volume 44, Issue 4

Adolescent Sexual Matricide Following Repetitive Mother-Son Incest



A case of a 16-year-old male who committed a sexual matricide following years of mother-son incest is reported. After murdering his mother by strangulation, which itself was sexually arousing, the youngster engaged in both vaginal and anal necrophilia. The homicide occurred while the perpetrator was in a dissociative state and experiencing what has been referred to as a catathymic crisis: the sudden release of emotionally charged psychic conflict and tension, resulting in extreme violence within an interpersonal bond. Discussion of maternal image and maternal sexual conduct in relationship to the psychosexual development of adolescent males offers insight into the motivation in this extremely rare case.

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Schlesinger, LB
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, New York, NY
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Stock #: JFS14548J
ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS14548J