Spotlight on Slaughterhouse

Hello CSI: Miami Maniacs! I am happy to see you again and present you the sad but great episode “Slaughterhouse” about the drama of a family.

Plot summary

Here I will try to remind you shortly of what is that fantastic episode about.

A blood-covered toddler, Erin Caplin walks down a street. Horatio and his team must uncover the evidence in the brutal murder of an entire family including a mother and 3 sons in their own home. The only survivors are the child toddler, and her father who’s in surgery for the gunshot wound in his back. The immediate assumption is that the mother is responsible – because of postpartum depression – but the evidence discloses a different outcome.

Does the case involve domestic violence or parental neglect?

Trivia

  • In this episode, Eric Delko reveals his “real” last name as “Delektorsky”, from his Russian father. (His mother is Cuban.)
  • In the newspaper article about the arrest, it says “the father of a murdered toddler”, when the toddler was the only member of the family who survived.
  • When Horatio calls in a Helicopter to help the search it is clearly visible that its a member of the MD Helicopters MD 500 series, but when Horatio looks up it’s a Bell 206L Jet Long Ranger (as seen on the tail section of the aircraft)
  • Tim Speedle: We can’t prove that he told his wife to close the safe. Lieutenant Horatio Caine: Yes, but any plan proves premeditation. And that means he knew exactly what he was doing.

Author’s thoughts on Slaughterhouse

One of my most liked episodes, I must say.
Although very sad and currently common, childcare neglect appeared to be a very interesting element of the plot. On the one hand, we shouldn’t allow parents to neglect their children and to be in a bad relationship with them, but on the other hand, the postpartum depression is sometimes an unbearable problem of women and can make the childcare very hard.
To help you all understand the depressed women feeling like “bad mothers” etc., I will provide a short note here regarding this disease (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postpartum_depression)

Definition

Postpartum depression (PPD) is a type of mood disorder associated with childbirth which can affect both sexes. Symptoms may include extreme sadness, low energy, anxiety, changes in sleeping or eating patterns, crying episodes, and irritability. Onset is typically between one week and one month following childbirth. The condition can also negatively affect the person’s child. While the exact cause of PPD is unclear it is believed to be due to a combination of physical and emotional factors. These may include hormonal changes and sleep deprivation. Risk factors include prior episodes of postpartum depression, bipolar disorder, family history of depression, psychological stress, complications of childbirth, lack of support, or a drug use disorder. Diagnosis is based on a person’s symptoms.While most women experience a brief period of worry or unhappiness after delivery, postpartum depression should be suspected when symptoms are severe and last over two weeks.Among those at risk, providing psychosocial support may be protective.Treatment may include counseling or medications. Types of counseling that have been found to be effective include interpersonal psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. Tentative evidence supports the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). About 15% of women experience depression after childbirth. Postpartum psychosis occurs in about 1–2 per thousand women following childbirth. Postpartum depression is estimated to affect 1% to 26% of new fathers. Postpartum psychosis is one of the leading causes of the murder of children less than one year of age, which occurs in about 8 per 100,000 births in the United States.

Symptoms

  • Persistent sadness, anxiousness or “empty” mood
  • Severe mood swings
  • Frustration, irritability, restlessness, anger
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or helplessness
  • Guilt, shame, worthlessness
  • Low self-esteem
  • Numbness, emptiness
  • Exhaustion
  • Inability to be comforted
  • Trouble bonding with the baby
  • Feeling inadequate in taking care of the baby
  • Lack of interest or pleasure in usual activities
  • Low or no energy
  • Low libido
  • Changes in appetite
  • Fatigue decreased energy and motivation
  • Poor self-care
  • Social withdrawal
  • Insomnia or excessive sleep
  • Diminished ability to make decisions and think clearly
  • Lack of concentration and poor memory
  • Fear that you can not care for the baby or fear of the baby
  • Worry about harming self, baby, or partner

Wrap up

To sum it up. I’d like to add that I am happy seeing that TV published an episode raising awareness about PPD, childcare neglect and domestic violence. What is your opinion about “Slaughterhouse” and problems it shows? Tell me in the comments.

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