They are among the most shocking of crimes: teenagers killing parents. In recent years, a rash of high-profile murders of parents, committed by their own children, have rocked communities from New Mexico to Alaska.
On June 6, 1980, Bruce and Darlene Rouse were killed in their 13-room mansion in the upper class Chicago suburb of Libertyville. It would take 15 years for the killer–one of the couple’s three children–to be brought to justice.
Face down in a pool of crimson, in the shadow of a blood-spattered grade-school picture of the smiling stepdaughter she helped raise, Caren Koslow lay dead, nearly decapitated. This Fort Worth oil-heiress and her wealthy banker husband would never know that in the early hours of March 12, 1992, a family fury would be released.
The Freeman boys had always been a handful, drinking beer from the age of six, and becoming druggie, racist skinheads in their teen years. No one, however, in the small community ever imagined the cold-blooded slaughter they would visit on their family on February 27, 1995.
A look back at the case of Eric Koula. Convicted of murdering his wealthy parents in cold blood after they had cut him off financially, Koula has protested his innocence. His defense team argues that the murders were a case of mistaken identity, a hit gone awry.