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Alarming number of matricide cases in Capital Region

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- It's a striking pattern – 27-year old Joshua Mcwain from Saratoga, 22-year old Anthony Repp from Schaghticoke, 20-year old Jeffrey Steele from Scotia, 29-year old James Dibble of Ephratah and the latest, 47-year old John Ambrozak – all five either accused or convicted of murdering their mothers.

All of these cases happened in less than a years' time, begging the question, is it coincidence or part of a new trend.

NEWS10 ABC reporter Amy Culter sat down with Rudy Nydegger, an experienced clinician who's researched the matter. He says there are usually two factors in play.

"A history of either violence or conflict that is usually the case. It's never a first time of thing. There have been patterns in the past. The other thing that is unfortunately a complicating factor is drug or alcohol abuse," he says.

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