Studying Violence in Children

Kathleen Heide, a USF professor of criminology, found most children who kill parents were abused or neglected.



TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 3, 2010) - Kathleen Heide, a Professor of Criminology at University of South Florida's College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, studies violence in children, has evaluated hundreds of troubled kids and has testified in court many times.


Her research shows most children who kill parents were abused or neglected; many never emotionally bonded with a parent or anyone else.


Heide's research shows guns are the weapon of choice for most kids who kill. Heide has been interviewed hundreds of times by reporters in North America, South America and Europe. She has appeared as an expert on Larry King Live, CNN, Fox News, Court TV, TruTV, Good Morning America, and many talks shows including Geraldo, Sally Jesse Raphael, Maury Povich and Rivera Live.


Heide is also the author or co-author of more than 100 publications; author of two widely acclaimed books on juvenile homicide and co-author of recently published book on animal cruelty as pathway to human violence. She has won six awards for teaching excellence and has served as member of more than 10 community and state boards of directors, councils, or task forces, including two consecutive gubernatorial appointments to the Florida Sentencing Commission.