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Wed November 20, 2013

Tragedy In Arlington: The Psychology Behind Family Annihilation

Mei Jones and her twins were found dead in their Arlington home, by the hands of husband and father Scott D. Jones, who then killed himself, according to police.
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It's a story that stops you in your tracks: an entire family of four, including two infants: gone.

Earlier this week 43-year-old Scott Jones strangled his wife, Mei, then slashed the throats of their one-year-old twin sons, according to police.

While the kind of crime scene discovered in Arlington this week is rare, it happens often enough that a term has been coined to describe it: "family annihilation", when a member of a family kills everyone else and usually takes his own life.  

A recent study out of the UK finds the number one trigger is a family on the brink of breaking up, and according to several reports, that’s exactly what was going on in the Jones household.



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