Sad But True, Teens Killing Their Parents Is Really A Thing

By: Jeremiah Stone (Sophomore)

Could you even fathom the idea of killing your parents? The people that brought you into this world?

On average, about 5 parents are killed by their biological children every week in the United States, according to CBS. Matricide and patricide are terms often heard in thousands of arrests every year. Killings of mothers and fathers make up about 1% of all homicides in the United States. Over the period of 1976-2007, on average 113 offenders were arrested in connection with the killings of mothers.

You may think that the statistics are bad, but I assure you, these stories in depth are even more gruesome.

Gregory Ramos,15, is being charged with first-degree premeditated murder after he strangled his mother following an argument over him receiving a ¨D¨ grade.

The sheriff said the boy confessed to killing his mother, Gail Clevenger, late Thursday, November 3rd according to Fox 35 Orlando.

He killed his mother as she was sleeping. He choked her for over 30 minutes, according to the station. Ramos then used a wheelbarrow to load her into a van and drove her body to a nearby church. Then, he buried her in the fire pit.

In an interview with reporters, the teen is noted as having a sense of pride for what he had done.

“There was no emotion,” said Chitwood. “He was very proud of his work and wanted to show it off.”

A Volusia grand jury indicted Ramos of first-degree murder. “The co-defenders were charged by information with being accessories after the fact of first-degree murder,” Hathaway told ABC News. He went on to say the two could face 30 years if found guilty.

Ramos’ next appearance is a pretrial hearing set for 8:30 a.m January 23rd.

If you think Ramos’ case was bad, you’ve never heard of Daniel Petric. Daniel Petric,16, was told by his parents he could not buy the video game Halo 3 because it was too violent. He snuck out and bought it anyway, but was caught by his parents when he returned home. His father took the game and put it in his safe, also containing a 9mm handgun. About a month later, Petric picked the lock and took the game back. As well as the gun.

His father, Mark Petric, who survived recalled Daniel coming into the living room and telling his parents to close their eyes because he had a surprise for them. They willing did it expecting something pleasant until his head went numb and he opened his eyes seeing red. He looked over at his wife, Susan Petric, who had shots in her head, chest, and arms. She didn’t survive. Mark claims he only survived because of his daughter.

In court, Daniel’s defense was: “I didn’t think they would die! I thought they would respawn! That’s what happens in Halo”

Then we have Andrew David Wilson. The Michigan teenager was charged with murder and possession of a firearm after he shot his mother to death while she was sleeping, all because she wouldn’t let him keep a puppy.

Wilson called the police just before 7 a.m saying he found his mother, Lisa Marie Wilson, dead in their Williamson home. Officers found the 51-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to the back of the head.

Investigators discovered Wilson and his mother were the only people in the home when they reportedly argued about him keeping a dog the teenager had brought home weeks earlier.

Wilson told detectives he took the .22 Magnum rifle from a locked cabinet and shot his mother in the back of the head. He is currently serving his 40-year sentence without chance of parole for 13 more years.

They say the craziest parties are the ones thrown by the kids no one has heard about, right?

A Florida man convicted of killing his parents, and then threw a party while their bodies were still in the house, is currently serving life without the possibility of parole.

Authorities say Tyler Hadley killed his parents, Mary Jo and Blake Hadley, with a claw hammer in July 2011 when he was 17 and spent three hours cleaning up the blood before hosting a party.

About 60 people gathered for a party at the family’s Fort Pierce home, playing beer pong, smoking cigars and drinking. The victim’s bodies were later found in their bedroom under bloody towels, garbage, and a few other things Hadley tried to cover up with. Friends described him as being anxious at the party.

At the party that night, Hadley asked an unidentified friend to step outside to talk to him about the killings. The friend was shown bloody footprints in the garage and ultimately, the bodies in the bedroom. The next morning the friend tipped off police.

Evidence seized from the home hinted at some mental problems for the defendant. Including a receipt for a mental health center and a bottle of antidepressants, according to authorities. Hadley has signed autographs at the jailhouse, has called himself “hammer boy” and says he has talked to the devil.

Teens no longer want to be disciplined by their parents. They are yearning for independence and trying to establish their own identity and move towards adulthood. Parents should be concerned when youth are engaging in dangerous behaviors such as drinking and taking drugs. Parents also need to be aware of the violent imagery to which their kids are exposed. Parents need to make explicit what behavior is acceptable and what behavior is not.

It is Normal for teens to be upset and sulk when they do not get their own way. However, if the youth withdraws, becomes non-communicative, or belligerent it is time to get help. Threats by youth should always be taken seriously by parents as a call for immediate intervention. Youth will often accept going to a mental health professional. It is important for parents to listen and communicate with their children.

In some of the parricide cases, parents have tried to be friends with their child. Youths need them to be adults, not peers. Inwardly, they need the stability and reassurance that their parents have the strength to remain in charge.

And still, with all this said, there is still no sure-fire indicator of a child who is going to kill their parents. Please you all, Remember mental health is real and get your child the treatment they need. It is imperative.

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