Robert William Fisher, Family Annihilator

The True Crime Times
11 min readJul 10, 2020
Source: Space Coast Daily

Inside the Mind of a Family Annihilator

Your family likely means the world to you. There’s nothing you wouldn’t do to protect them. The loss of a child would rip a massive chunk out of your soul and leave a hole that could never be filled.

If this sounds like you, it means you’re a normal person.

But there are people in this world who will stop at nothing to get what they want — or to get rid of what they don’t want — and even flesh and blood is not off-limits. We are all familiar with people who kill their families, including Josh Powell and Chris Watts, just to name a couple.

These people are known as family annihilators. Rather than protecting those who ought to be dearest to them, they destroy them for a variety of selfish reasons.

Source: Independent

Here are a few facts about family annihilators:

  • According to a team of British criminologists, family annihilators fall under four categories: self-righteous, anomic (defined by as “a state or condition of individuals or society characterized by a breakdown or absence of societal norms and values, as in the case of uprooted people), disappointed, and paranoid. [1]
  • Family annihilators are overwhelmingly more likely to be men (95%) than women. [1] [2]
  • Family annihilators most often commit their crimes during the month of August when they were more likely to be with their children due to school holidays. [1]
  • Cases of family annihilation have increased since the year 2000, possibly because more men feel the need to exert power and control over their families. Moreover, the increase in family killings appears to have risen with the increase in unemployment. [1] [2]
  • David Wilson of Birmingham City University, U.K., stated that family annihilators were typically men who had invested “too heavily in a very stereotypical conception of what it means to be a husband and a father within an institution called a family.” [1] These men have a problem with women becoming more independent and…



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