Death Row and Redemption – Kenneth Foster Jr
One night in August of 1996, four black men were arrested in connection to the shooting of Michael Lahood Jr., a white 26-year-old San Antonio law student. They were also found guilty of two robberies that took place hours before the event that changed many lives forever.
The Godfather trilogy directed by Francis Ford Coppola and distributed by Paramount Pictures, starts out with Mr. Amerigo Bonasera stating his love for America. He goes on to speak about his parenting relative to his daughter’s dating. One thing that bothers me is that Mr. Bonasera states he gave her freedom, freedom to do what I ask? She dates a young man outside of their heritage and that doesn’t cause Mr. Bonasera any concern? She then misses curfew and again Mr. Bonasera is not implementing any consequences to his daughter. When her honor is stripped from her his love for America does not cause him accept the verdict in the American court of a suspended sentence, but he chooses to take matters into his own hands by soliciting the help of Mr. Don Corleone (The Godfather). After viewing Anderson Cooper’s episode titled “Killers in our Midst” I become interested in understanding the thoughts that drive those that elect to commit murder. I have often heard that the violence depicted in rap music drives young Afro American men to behave like the words in the songs, I wonder if the violence depicted, no let me rephrase – the Killing and Murderous acts depicted on television whether it be in movies or live from Iraq feeds the thoughts and emotions of some of the killers in Anderson Cooper’s piece.
Another point from the Cooper’s piece speaks to the immaturity of the college students saying no and/or setting boundaries with interacting with members of the opposite sex. Do we as parents teach our children about stalking and the signs and symptoms to look for when this scenario arise. I think not, I would attempt to say that we only teach our children about issues we have personally dealt with and anything outside of our scope may or may not be discussed as a sidebar conversation when it hits the news as a “Breaking News” item. So one has to think have we adequately prepared out youngster for living life outside of the home.
Warning signs missed –
- The female killer goes ballistic at the postal building – reasons were unknown. She had a history of mental illness and was able to purchase a gun in New Mexico. New Mexico has the weakest gun laws, yet she must have known this.
- The son kills the mother with a hatchet, he attempts suicide, pulls a gun on his friends in Maine. He is released from the psych ward because he does pose a threat of imminent danger. At 18 years of age he is released from involuntary confinement and 2 months later he kills his mom. What was his diagnosis, did the mental health workers take into account his behavior when he was admitted?
Andrea Yates’ Children
- Drowned her children and had the presence of mind to call the police. She suffered in a world of delusion that was exacerbated each time she had another child. Where was the father? She heard voices and instructions from Satan. When will the church experts be called in to speak to the spiritual warfare that goes on unnoticed, un-identified or simply rejected?
Who is Most Likely to Kill
- The mindset of a killer – A study was conducted and there was no clear profile established, however stress, depression and rage are common denominators. If those of the common denominators I would suspect we should see an increase in mass murders given the present state of the economy coupled with this government shut down.
Are the laws incompatible with regard to patient’s rights? Are the managed care organizations doing enough to ensure that a holistic approach to dealing with mental illness is executed? In as much as the patient must have his/her needs addressed the guardian of the patients should also be included in the care. Are the churches ever engaged in providing care for the mentally ill, considering there is often times a lot of talk about hearing voices and receiving instructions from Satan. The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 5:8 – Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. At first glance one would think that this tells us how the devil works but look more closely. It also instructs us to “.be sober, be watchful” ….