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Homicide-Suicides in Romania

Statistical Data and Media Representations

Ecaterina Balica

This book examines homicide-suicides in a post-communist country in South-East Europe. It presents results regarding risk factors and particularities of homicide-suicides in Romania committed in the period 2002–2013.

The author analyses statistical data from legal records, police registers, and online newspapers discussing the way in which the victims and aggressors of homicide-suicides are represented. She completed the data by investigating six penitentiaries in Romania regarding the risk factors specific to various types of homicide-suicide: intimate partner femicide-suicides, familicide-suicides, filicide-suicides and homicide-suicides committed by police officers.

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6. Facebook Kills! A Case Study of Intimate Partner Femicide-Suicides Between Romanian Emigrants


The chapter discusses the way the cases of homicide-suicide committed between Romanian emigrants were made known to the public. The title of the chapter was given by a case that succeeded in drawing the attention of specialists from Romania on the way the aggressor killed his wife and by the motivation of the violent act. At the same time, the case attracted attention over the message written with a red pen on the victim’s chest: Facebook kills! Based on this case of homicide-suicide committed between Romanian emigrants, I decided to identify all the cases committed between emigrants and also to identify the way the Romanian press dealt with these cases. I noticed an increase in the interest of journalists to publicize acts of violence where Romanian emigrants are involved over the last years. Thus Romanian journalists brought to the public’s attention cases of violence where the Romanians were aggressors (for example: the Mailat case (the young man who raped an Italian woman, robbed her and then killed her) or the burglaries in the luxury shops in Paris) or where the Romanian were victims (an example being the latest case of Romanian women raped by their employers or who had intimate relationships with their employers in order to keep their jobs in Italy). More rarely cases were brought to the public’s attention where Romanians managed to impress through their involvement in saving lives and were considered heroes (for example: the case of the nurse Ramona Ianus who saved many...

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