The average number of suicides in a given year in the U.S. is 1,000 to 1,500 according to the Violence Policy Center. Because they have been so rare in the past, the numbers of whole family murder-suicides (familicides) have not been counted and therefore are unknown. Ninety-five percent of all murder-suicides are male-on-female crimes; the majority take place following a threatened break-up by the female wife or partner. According to Jacqueline Campbell who has conducted extensive interviews with the families of victims of domestic homicide, access to guns and male unemployment are key risk factors involved. If suicidal ideation is present, the result likely will be a murder-suicide.I at no time minimize the tragedy of suicide or murder-suicide, but using the VPC and then Google as in "Today we have a rash of murder-suicides, as a google search of this topic instantly reveals." makes me wonder if this is a valid study.
The Economic Factor in the Rash of Murder-Suicides
You be the judge.