Is Murder a Family Tradition In Some Families?


This performance is also done in appropriate costume.

If Lizzie Borden took an axe, and gave her mother 40 whacks in 1892, was she carrying out a family tradition?

Some 219 years earlier, her ancestor Thomas Cornell was hanged in Rhode Island for the murder of his elderly mother, Rebekkah. He was convicted in
1673 of burning his mother to death. In addition, another member of the Cornell family was found hanging in a Rhode Island town in 1832. Can immoral/criminal behavior be inherited? Why do children kill parents? What is the warrior gene (MAOA) found in some murderers who commit matricide or patricide? How does it relate in dopamine hyperactivity? What is the variant of cadherin 13 (CDH13)?

Examine recent family murders including the Parker-Hulme murder case of 1954 when two teens murdered one of their mothers. (Juliet Hume, one of the murderers now is a novelist known as Anne Perry.


Rebeckah Cornell, murdered by her son in the 1600s in Rhode Island.


This is Lizzie Borden a direct descendent of the Cornell family.

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