Charles Whitman killed his mother and wife before going on his killing spree at the University of Texas at Austin that killed 14 people and wounded 31 others, as part of a shooting rampage from the observation deck of the University's 32-story administrative building on August 1, 1966. He was eventually shot and killed by Austin police.
John Emil List murdered his mother, wife and his three children on November 9, 1971, making List also guilty of filicide and uxoricide. He was a fugitive for 18 years. He was apprehended on June 1, 1989 after an episode of "America's Most Wanted" aired. On May 1, 1990 he was sentenced to 5 life terms in prison.
Antony Baekeland murdered his mother, Barbara Daly Baekeland on November 11, 1972, at their luxurious London apartment. She had allegedly forced him to have sex with her, in order to "cure" his homosexuality. Savage Grace is a book and a movie based on this event.
Serial killerEdmund Kemper beat his mother to death in 1973, along with one of his mother's friends before turning himself in to the police. He had previously committed half-a-dozen sex-murders. Kemper had been psychologically abused by his domineering mother in his youth.
Bradford Bishop bludgeoned his mother, spouse and three children to death in 1976. He was indicted for murders and remains at large.
Jim Gordon, a session musician who played drums with Eric Clapton band Derek and the Dominos bludgeoned his mother with a hammer and then stabbed her to death with a butcher's knife in 1983. In May 1984 he was sentenced to sixteen years to life in prison.
Susan Cabot, 1950s actress, was beaten to death in 1986 at her Hollywood home by her son Timothy Roman. He was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
The Menendez Brothers were convicted during a highly publicized trial in July 1996 for the shotgun killings of their parents in 1989.
Brett Reider, a 15-year-old boy in Omaha, Nebraska, stabbed his mother to death during a dispute in 1993. He was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced as an adult to 11–20 years. In 1996, his older sister, Alissa Reider made an HBO documentary: "Brett Killed Mom: a sister's diary", claiming both of them suffered years of constant verbal and physical abuse from their mother. Brett was released in 1999.
Aaron Brown, Indiana resident who at the age of 16 sat in wait with a shotgun until his parents came home one night, and as his mom walked through the door, he blasted her with the shotgun. He shot at his stepfather and missed, but eventually gunned him down. These crimes were committed in 1994. He is currently serving two life sentences at The Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, Indiana.
Jasmiyah Kaneesha Whitehead (b. November 27, 1993) and Tasmiyah Janeesha Whitehead (b. November 27, 1993) are identical twins who were convicted in 2014 for the murder of Nikki Whitehead (their mother).
In the 1990 film Singapore Sling a daughter murders her mother after she is fed up with having to suffer under her authority.
In the 1993 film The Good Son Henry Evans tried to kill his mother, his family and his cousin but his plan failed.
In the 1993 film Addams Family Values Debbie Jellinsky admits to the Addams family that as a child she burned down her childhood home after she was disappointed with a birthday present she received from her parents Sharon Jellinsky and Dave Jellinsky after she set fire to her childhood home.
In the 2004 film Murder Without Conviction, the Tally brothers are locked away without a fair trial for the suspected murder of their mother.
In the comedy/horror film, Shaun of the Dead (2004), Shaun kills his mother after she is infected.
In the comedy/drama film, Mini's First Time (2006), Mini puts her mother, Diane, in her car in the garage while the car is running after telling her stepdad, with whom she was having an affair, that her mom's attempt to kill herself with sleeping pills is taking too long.
In the 2008 and 2011 action films Death Race and Death Race 2, Lists is a convict on Terminal Island who was put there for the murder of his mother. His reason for doing so is not clarified.
In Hindu culture, Lord Parshuram killed his mother on the orders of his father.
In Babylonian legend, the supreme god Marduk slew his mother Tiamat by cutting her in half with a great sword.
In Greek mythology, characters who killed their mothers were tormented by the avenging Furies, for matricide was considered one of the worst possible crimes.
Orestes and Electra murdered their mother Clytemnestra to avenge her participation in the killing of their father, Agamemnon. The Furies pursued Orestes and drove him mad until he redeemed himself by retrieving a statue of Artemis from the Tauri.
In the manga Battle Royale, the mentally unstable teenage temptress, Mitsuko Souma, has her mother murdered in revenge for a gang rape orchestrated by her mother.
In the one of the origins of Marvel heroine Elektra, her older brother Orestes commits matricide by hiring assassins to kill his unfaithful mother.
In the mangaLudwig Kakumei, Blanche (Snow White) kills her mother by forcing her to wear heated iron shoes and to dance in them through the ultimate torture until she died. Also, Lisette (Little Red Riding Hood) kills her mother, along with her father, in a rage due to a cruel trick played by Ludwig as a child.
In the horror manga Reiko the zombie shop, Riruka, the main antagonist of the first three volumes, murders her mother and father in a plane crash out of fear that they would disown her and embrace her younger twin sister Reiko.
In La-Mulana, the final boss is The Mother, the source of all life on earth. Lemeza, the player character, has been tasked with delivering a mercy killing to The Mother, as her children are unable to grant her wish to return her to the sky.
In The Binding of Isaac, Isaac kills his mother in self-defense. Additionally, the term Matricide is the name of the soundtrack in the game's sequel for the fight against his mother.