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Come with daddy : child murder-suicide after family by Carolyn Harris Johnson

By Carolyn Harris Johnson

Examines the tragic crime of familicide, the homicide suicide of kids and a mum or dad within the context of a dispute over custody or entry. The trauma of this offence reverberates during the households, groups and throughout generations, inflicting psychological and actual disease and social dysfunction.

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A 1986 report commissioned by the Western Australian Government stated that police were viewing threats and actual violence as ‘domestic’ even when couples had been separated for a number of years. At this time a variety of women’s complaints surfaced, including: 37 38 • – – – – – – COME WITH DADDY Police ignored me/supported my partner. Police said it was domestic and there was no Restraining Order upon which to act. Police did nothing. Police did not seem to want involvement. Police suggested I leave home.

We were together two and a half years. I had my daughter and was pregnant with my son when I moved into a unit to get away from him. He would argue or pick fights with my friends and family. For instance, when my nanna came to stay, supposedly for a week, she only stayed one day because he made her cry, he purposely fought with her to make her leave. Thus over a period of time she became more and more isolated from her family as a result of his behaviour. Tom also reportedly had a locked 39 40 • COME WITH DADDY study, equipped with a steel door, in the couple’s home.

Michael found him and broke his nose. Now, when I think about it, I thought to myself then ‘I can never go out with anyone else, because he will kill them’. One woman remembered observing several attempts by the perpetrator to seriously hurt or even kill his adult siblings. THE PEOPLE • I’ve seen him throw tools, hammers [at his brothers]. Once he pushed his brother into a silo of wheat and closed the door. He tried to kill him! His intent was to kill him! He was very jealous of his older brother and his brother was very jealous of him.

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