Sigh, this makes for a fairly depressing read :S
I have a couple that haunt me...
1) Guy Turcotte - Cardiologist, stabbed both his children (3-6 I think) over 40 times because he couldn't face the fact that his wife left him. He drank anti-freeze and pretended he wanted to commit suicide. The uproar at the end of his trial was impressive because he was found not guilty for reasons of temporary insanity or something. Even if the expert had found plenty of research on "painless ways to commit suicide" on his computer... plus the guy was a doctor so...
I also can't believe that there are tons of women who wrote to him when he was in the mental institution to say that THEY would never hurt him like his ex did and that they wanted to be with him and give him more children.
His ex has been a rock through all this. Broke my heart even more when she admitted that she couldn't get pregnant anymore. My kids were just a wee bit younger than hers when it happened, I still get sick when I see his name in the news. It was a big blow when the verdict came out and my faith in the system was shaken. A lot!
There will be a new trial in the coming years. I hope they get it right this time.
2) A woman (forgot her name) drowned her three young children while they were visiting with her. The dad had full custody because she was unstable and she only had supervised visitation. This visit was supervised by her mother who went out to the store for a little while. She came back and found the three kids dead.
The woman was also pregnant with a fourth child (not the same father) at the trial.
3) The Shafia murders. Three teenagers and their "aunt" where killed by their father/mother/older brother in a staged car accident. Why? The girls wanted to live normal lives and this "shamed" their father and mother. The "aunt" was actually the father's first wife who couldn't bare children and to whom he gave the girls to raise since his second wife didn't want the hassle of raising them.
All the signs of abuse were there, there had been multiple calls to child protective services, investigations even. The oldest had said her dad was going to kill her. Nothing was done for fear of being culturally insensitive. Now they're all dead.
There are more, actually I think it's worst when it's a parent hurting a child because I cannot wrap my head around the idea that one can do such things. It's so biologically wrong, it makes no sense at all to me. The human race is really one of wonder... and attrocities