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Thread #35759   Message #492762
Posted By: DougR
27-Jun-01 - 01:05 AM
Thread Name: BS: Women who drowned her 5 children
Subject: RE: BS: Women who drowned her 5 children
I wonder if the type depression that would drive a mother to murder her babies is a a type that was unknown in the early twentieth century, or did it exist then? Those of you who are far more conversent with this disease than I am might know the answer to that question. The reason for the question: In the 19th century and early twentieth century, families with 10 or 12 children was not uncommon. My father had sixteen siblings and my grandmother died giving birth to twins. My mother had 7 siblings. Rural families, in particular, were composed of lots of kids to help out on the farm.

Did those mothers become so depressed, and frustrated, due to coping with their kids that they murdered them?

I certainly never heard of that happening when I was growing up in the 30's and 40's. The biggest news I can remember as a child was the birth of the Dionne Quints in Canada and the kidnapping of the Lindburg baby. Never did I hear of a mother killing all her babies.

Are the burdens of motherhood in the later 20th and early 21st century that much greater than they were in earlier years?

To me, it's a puzzlement.