Newspapers and newscasts all over the world are giving front page coverage to the story of the mass murder of six family members in Carnation, WA on Christmas eve. People all over the world are unnerved by this heinous crime and the fact it was committed on Christmas eve. Here in Washington state, people are particularly rattled because this is our home, our backyard and even our neighbors. There are faces on the news of people we recognize! How could this be?
Killed were a married couple in their early sixties, her daughter and son-in-law and their two young children, a six year old boy and a three year old girl. According to the reports the daughter and her family were killed because they came for a visit for Christmas eve and stumbled upon the murder of the parents. They were killed to not leave any witnesses.
The breaking news
on this story last even was that the perpetrators of this crime are actually the daughter and boyfriend of the older couple murdered. They lived on the site in a separate home.
An unidentified family member last night stated that the daughter was disgruntled with her family. She felt that she had not been treated fairly and was being cut off and rejected by them.
This is the part that gets to me. It seems that all of those involved in mass killings complain about being mistreated by society or their families. I'm getting really tired of hearing their excuses and the fact that the press seems to jump all over those complaints like they have some validity. Instead of using that information as the clue it is into sociopathic behavior, they just sensationalize it.
At the same time this whole thing makes me nervous and a little afraid. Easily any member of any dysfunctional family has the potential to be the one to go off the deep end and commit such a crime. Unless one has the skills of an FBI type profiler, being able to detect sociopathic behavior, there is no way to even begin to protect oneself.
Even at that there are many sociopaths out there who will never cross this particular line so it would still be a guess at best. But it is still unnerving to have it happen this close to home. It makes me think about my children at their jobs and my grandchildren at their schools, preschools and day cares and wonder who they come in contact with might be capable of such violence.
Obviously, this isn't a question I am going to get answered. At the same time with this so freshly before us, I can't help but worry. There just are not enough people out there working on their issues for there to be any remedy soon for this kind of behavior. I think until the average person learn to accept one another and live in harmony, there's not much chance this is going away.
We human beings, being what we are, learn from all kinds of behavior, good and bad. The number who have learned that killing is a remedy for their unhappiness grows with each new episode. The result is that occurrences like this are happening more and more frequently. That is what scares me the most. Where will it end? Or better yet, When?
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