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- Date of death is the actual date of death, if known; or if not, the date the body was found.
- A question mark accompanies approximate dates and ages.
- Death types in this order of precedence:
- Contract killing: Perpetrator paid or convinced a third party to do the killing.
- Murder-suicide: Murder, combined with completed suicide by the perpetrator.
- Murder: Killing with intent.
- Abuse: Fatal abuse with intent to harm.
- Neglect: Fatal neglect.
- Medical neglect: Lack of, or inappropriate, medical treatment resulting in death.
- “Unknown” or “Unsolved” cause of death are homicides where the precise mechanism of death is not determined.
- Multiple murder; multiple murder-suicide: Multiple victims within a short period of time; at least one victim was disabled.
- No limitation on locations; however, searches were carried out in English. It is likely that non-English-speaking countries are underrepresented.
- Not all perpetrators were convicted of a crime; some were charged but not convicted, others never charged. Sentences for filicide convictions range from suspended sentence or community service to the death penalty.
- Active cataloging of cases started in mid-2014; this page contains cases from 1980 to the present.