Published Works

Books

When A Child Kills: Abused Children Who Kill Their Parents

Considered by many to be the definitive work on children who kill their parents, When a Child Kills was published in hardback in 1991 and paperback in 1992. It was also translated into German under the title Wenn Kinder Toten. This book has been cited as an authoritative   source by 3 state appellate courts and has been cited in over twenty legal journal articles. Here are just a few examples of praise that the book received:

Noted Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Alvin Poussaint said of the book: “This book is the most compelling indictment of child abuse I have ever read. When A Child Kills is an excellent book that I highly recommend.”

Dr. Ann Cohn Donnelly, Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse America and now a professor at Northwestern University said of the book: “Ever wonder what could drive a child to kill a parent? When A Child Kills presents for the first time ever in brutally raw detailed fact exactly why. Professionals concerned with child abuse should read this book to better understand the children they care for; so too should all parents.”

The Atlanta Journal Constitution said, “Mones is an eloquent, impassioned advocate of abused children.”

Stalking Justice: The Dramatic True Story of the Detective Who First Used DNA Testing to Catch a Serial Killer

Stalking Justice is a landmark book on DNA fingerprinting. Though DNA fingerprinting is now a well established forensic technique seen not only in the courtroom but on programs such as CSI, when Mr. Mones wrote this book, DNA fingerprinting was in its infancy.[1] Not only is this a fascinating story of how DNA was first used to catch a serial rape-murderer but it is a compelling true-crime story. In fact best selling author Patricia Cornwell based her first book Post Mortem on this true story.

Stalking Justice came out during the O.J. Simpson murder case and Mr. Mones was frequently called on by The Los Angeles Times, Court TV, and CBS national radio to give his opinion on the DNA matters related to the case. He also served as an on air consultant for NBC News and appeared regularly on the Today Show during the trial. The Learning Channel also did a half hour special on the story which features an interview with Paul Mones. In addition because the book also highlights a false confession (the wrong man was initially arrested and was freed through Detective Joe Horgas’s efforts and DNA) numerous books on false confessions and DNA testing have cited the book.


Articles

“The Fight Against Child Abuse,” Oregonian Op-Ed June 2, 2009

Abusers, Abettors Deserve Public Wrath, Oregonian Thursday, February 21, 2008 (co-authored with attorney Kelly Clark)

“Effectively Using a Mental Health Expert,” The Oregon Defense Attorney, Vol XXI, No.4, May, 2000 (a similar article was also published in the state criminal defense bar publications in Washington and Texas. In October, 2002, the ABA published a version of the article for a continuing education book, Juvenile Death Penalty: Representation Resources.)

“Interview Guidelines for Teens Accused of Violent Crimes,” in Juvenile Death Penalty: Representation Resources), American Bar Association Juvenile Justice Center

“Confronting the Truth About Teenage Violence,” Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Problems, Vol.8, No.3 (Fall 1999)

Book Review of Superpredators: The Demonization of Youth by the Law, in Journal of the American Bar Association, (Fall, 1999)

“Custody Disputes Involving Domestic Violence: Making Children’s Needs a Priority,” Juvenile and Family Court Journal, Vol. 50, No.2 (Spr. 1999) [co-authored with Doyne, et al.]

“Trouble Begins at Home,” Washington Post, Op-Ed, May 20, 1999

“Be the Voice of a Child,” Portland Oregonian, Op-Ed, December 6, 1996

“Where Have All the Good Cops Gone?” American Police Beat, Op-Ed, November, 1996

“Child Abuse and Teenage Homicide: Strategies for Preventive Intervention,” in Stanford Law and Policy Review, (Spring, 1996)

“Domestic Violence is Child Abuse, Too,” Los Angeles Times, Op-Ed, March 1, 1996

“Life and Death of Susan Smith,” New York Times, Op-Ed, July 28, 1995

“Suggestions of Abuse,” Book Review in Trial Magazine, December, 1994

“Parents Killing Kids Shocking, Not Rare,” USA Today, Op-Ed, November 30, 1994

“It’s Scientific Fact, Not Court Fiction,” Los Angeles Times, Op-Ed, October 7, 1994

“Battered Child Syndrome,” ABA General Practice Section, Committee Update, July 1994

“Battered Child Syndrome: Opening a Window of Understanding on Patricide and Matricide,” Trial Magazine, February, 1994

“When the Innocent Strike Back”, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, June, 1993

“Parricide: A Window on Abuse,” Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Problems, Spring 1993

“Battle Cry for Battered Children,” California Lawyer, May, 1992

“The Relationship Between Parricide and Child Abuse” in Unhappy Families: Clinical and Research Perspectives on Family Violence, (edited by Dr. Eli Newberger), PSG Publishing Co. 1985.

“Too Many Rights or Not Enough: An Analysis of the Juvenile Related Decisions of the West Virginia Supreme Court”, 86 West Virginia Law Review 393 (1984).


[1] Read the New York Times story on Paul Mones’ journey in writing this book: http://www.nytimes.com/1995/08/11/us/bar-after-researching-book-about-dna-evidence-lawyer-has-new-respect-for-police.html