Jan 5, 2013

The Sandy Hook Murders; An Essay On Violent Criminals and Would be Predators


Adam Lanza (L) killed 27 people before turning the gun on himself in Newtown  Conn. James Holmes (R) is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58.  It happened after Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Colorado., and now Sandy Hook Massacre here in Connecticut.

Many people assume correctly that there surely there were signs of impending violence.

But experts say pronouncing loudly that who will be the next mass murderer is virtually impossible, partly because as commonplace as these calamities seem, they are relatively rare crimes. THEY are becoming less and less rare as copycat attention seeking persons with personality disorders and or a beef with the world, are on the increase.

Still, a combination of risk factors in troubled kids or adults including drug use and easy access to guns can increase the likelihood of violence, experts say. 

Warning; graphic descriptions of violent crime  are contained in this Post They are included  for informational purposes; the victims experience is the embodiment of all violent crime, and  within these details the reader may discover details about predators are found ways to he victims to t written with full respect for the victims and their families and loved ones.

Chasing Justice deplores the sensationalism of crime.

 Many of us have seen television series and specials that grab up "real life" crime, and sensationalize and infuse salacious quality for money and hype as opposed to informative and  preventative work.  Some of these programs, and the hosts, are as morally repulsive as the parade of criminals they purport to deplore.

It is my earnest hope that reading about the entire sequence of events and foreshadowings, often missed prior to crimes, will help to prevent the next one from happening.

There have been many, many missed opportunity's to stop some of the worst violent crimes, by family members, psychiatrists, Parole Boards, Judges. prosecutors and the ever present family, "friends" and acquaintances who unwittingly or not, become allies of the sociopaths helping to kill and or maim.

An article entitled Predicting mass shooters  in the Huffington Post was one of the first that I read that dealt with identifying those who are on the brink of committing acts of violence such as but not limited to the tragic Newton School murders.

Futilely, the article offers little insight, belying it's title and adding to the collective helplessness that most people feels about eradicating this raging epidemic of violence..

Needless to say, I disagree with criminologist James Fox, when he opines that "there are no RED FLAGS  with these crimes, only yellow - they don't become red until blood has been shed." 

This is an atypical over simplified shoulder shrugging reminiscent of  when it comes to the issue of what preventative measures can be taken The irony was thickened when I noticed that James Fox's quotes were located inches below a photo of James Homes, the Colorado theater murderer.

Mr. Holmes, authorities discovered soon after the seeming willy- nilly bloodshed, was under psychiatric treatment and had recently been turned down for inclusion into a gun club that he'd applied to. This rejection, was due to his eccentric answering machine message that put the Club president's antenna This was certainly at least a  flag of some color.

More importantly  the clearly psycho-social young man left multiple messages on his psychiatrist's voice-mail, specifically telling him that he was going to kill a bunch of people!.
That killers therapist allegedly didn't RETRIEVE any of those five messages until long after the evening of the theater murders. This was definitely a red flag.


In the Newton School, the killer's mother did not respond properly upon what surely were signposts regarding this young man's mental issues. She had a large gun collection in the house, and taught her son how to shoot at a gun range!

But the issue doesn't begin and end with those guns; the killer tried to procure a gun on his own and decided not to wait for the background check.  He was too eager to execute people..

Guns are a clearly too accessible, as well ammunition which is designed to destroy bodies such as the hollow point but this is not the black and white problem/solution that many believe it is.

Video games desensitizing especially unstable youth to massacre strangers and win points for agility and style in how they murder; one video instructs the player to sweep out the victims legs first then approach and shoot them close range in the face.

This game and others like it certainly do not need to exist. Nor so computer websites such as Gore and Liveleak where real rape and murders are shown on video to anyone who claims they are 18. This is creating a generation of desensitized human beings who after watching be-headings and other murders, can grow so immune to human suffering that they are forever changed, callous and even create anti-social personality disorder of a new breed. Much like the army creates it's most deadly of soldiers trained to hunt and execute.

Some of these murderers would have found another way to kill, as we saw when Joseph Duncan killed an entire family including a large man, who himself was a hunter, ambushing the couple sleeping on a couch. He made one tie the other and tied the others himself with zip-ties including a 13 year old Slade Groene . Duncan then murdered each one with a hammer blows to their heads despite having a shotgun that he'd procured from the man's own collection on a rack.

The Newtown school murders as close to home as they are are tragically no longer a rarity!
 It is one terrible mass murder in an ever augmenting collection of similar crimes that all have one thing in common: Quite likely, the crimes could have been prevented if  people involved with the killer's life, took action along the steps along the path to becoming a murderer.

These crimes happen after months weeks or years of escalating symptoms of  mental illness with anger/rage aimed at "society" or an entity such as a school (ie the Columbine School Massacre) the Groene family murders,( ie Joseph Duncan's family and "friends" that enabled  his earlier crimes against children as he blogged about the persecuted life of a registered sex offender)

Another perfect example The Petit family crimes, where there were so many enabling people and government agencies the list is unbelievably long. Ringleader, J  Komisarjevsky's parent's enabled the Petit home invasion murders, first with years of bailing out their son who refused to stop committing  breaking and entering which they saw as innocuous apparently despite the fact that the owners were home making these crimes more akin to stalking and resembled a sexual predator Heaps of stolen goods were found in an ex girlfriends basement where they sat unsold and unused  They were incidental and komisarjevsky had been caught over 40 times plenty enough for the various agency's of the justice system to make certain he stayed locked up after it was clear he was escalating.

Komisarjevsky's sentencing hearing lasted weeks and was a parade of people who basically attested to how easy it was to see this kids manipulative nature as he stalked girls from trees looking into bedroom windows, painting hate kill murder etc on his bedroom wall and refusing too abide by any of his parents house rules.

Yet the Komisarjevksys might as well have killed all three Petit family members themselves and they did in effect ; by giving their 26 year old life long felon son; ie their perpetual bailing him out of prison- jails programs he was expelled from for stealing, arson peeping tom-ism and more.

That family enabling was very much akin to the frustrating Natalie Holloway murder in Aruba by Joran Von der Sloot. That was a case of an upper middle class father who by all accounts, was more of a pal than a father, weak ineffectual parent his sociopath son Joran , he was a former judge of considerable stature in Aruba.

And tragically for Joran Von der Sloot's next victim after Natalee Holloway,  a young teenager in Peru, the elder Von der sloot a judge, became a dogged enabler of ultimately two murders. 

The now deceased Senior Von der sloot robbed Beth Holloway and her husband of a daughter, and caused another parent the terrible lack of closure of not knowing where your daughters body is and the truth of what happened to her. Joran was detained jailed but never arrested nor prosecuted for the murder of Natalee. When he was caught dead to rites murdering another young women in a Peruvian hotel,  we were heartbroken angry but not surprised.

Von der Sloots mother finally told the press she gave up on Joran after the Peruvian conviction but still tried to maintain his innocence insofar as his taped confession of killing Natalee Holloway, proffering that the stress of being accused of that assumed homicide is partially what drove her son to kill "that girl in Peru"

In Joshua Komisarjevsky's case, his parents had a tremendous role in aiding and abetting their criminally  helped their son to obtain custody of his 5 year old daughter just weeks after being given early parole for a 9 year sentence for convictions totally 23 felonies. Actual sentence just under three total years and the last leg of said sentence was spent in a Hartford halfway house where Komisarjevsky was free to come and go and in fact was committing voluntary statutory rape with a 15 year old girl whose father was a minister. Komisarjevsky took cellphone pictures of the girl and he having sex in the Manchester mall bathroom, all whilst he was still under the Ct Dept of corrections possession.

Komisarjevsky's parents babysat his child, rather than demanding that he stay home and serve his parental responsibility, as well as act upon what they admitted was a deep suspicion that he was going out to btrak into homes the night he murdered the Petit girls she told Police after the crimes he always wore heavy dark hoodies to rob and it was the heat of July.

 Both father and mother were clearly not in denial about what their son was up to but they still allowed and enabled it completely right up until July 22 2007 as he left their home 3 days after his ankle tracking device was removed, informing them that he was" meeting a friend about a job in a bar at 9 pm."

Of course, The criminal justice system specifically the Parole board and early release programs were partners in these terrible murders that included an 11 year old child, however again intervention by family.

Mrs Komisarjevsky calling the Cheshire police and telling them that her son had left " suspiciously on what was surely a break in"  as was his style dressed in black Hooded sweatshirt in late July. Car description and other pertinent information given to the police would have surely led them to the bar where they met prior to the rapes and murders!

One step better would have been to call the Cheshire Police department the evening before the Petit murders while the two men were committing practice runs for their "ultimate" home invasion which revolved around kidnapping and rape with robbery as an aside a bonus. Komisarjevsky's parents watched as his criminal habits and behavior resumed the very day his ankle tracker came off - while they babysat his child fed and housed him, a parolee 26 years old.

Rape which is really about control was surely a common interest the two men lit upon, both sociopaths in their own rite Komisarjevsky clearly the more refined evil leader.

That night Komisarjevsky and Hayes broke into two other homes in Cheshire both has multiple occupants including children sleeping upstairs just feet away. In one house a knife was left stuck into a butcher block, in the other a photo of the attractive woman who slept upstairs with her husband was taken.

Intervention by the Connecticut Parole board all the way to Komisarjevsky's parents would have saved four lives and Dr William Petit would not have suffered traumatic brain injury and the loss of his family had just one of these enablers, nay - co conspirators -  acted responsibly.  The same can be said for the Groene family murders and child abductions.

From his blog to the doctor who applied to be Duncan  guardian for the parole board - which they declined as he pronounced he has children of his own in the house where Duncan would be living. The Doctor shared with the Parole board that he was bi sexual and Duncan had been convicted of homosexual rape of a 14 year old! Undeterred this doctor a pediatrician no less, continued to financially help Joseph Duncan for years as Duncan traversed the country killing and raping children, some of which he videoed such as poor little Dylan Groene who he ultimately shot with shotgun and then as the boy begged him not to he shot him in the head telling his  little sister Shasta who watched in horror that Dylan was" too far gone and had to be " finished off for his own good"

Duncan later admitted at the trial lying to Shasta at the time when he told her the first shot was accidental and had happened while he was cleaning he shotgun. He stated that he needed Shasta's complacency and even pretended to cry when he first shot this beautiful 9 year old child.

Everyone from the doctor to the businessman who bailed him out from yet another attempted abduction of two boys in a playground, to the judge who gave such a low bail amount to a convicted aggravated child rapist registered sex offender - each was an accessory to his murders of Slade and Dylan Groene and Anthony Martinez another child in California that Groene now has been charges with his fingerprints on the duct tape used to bind the abducted boy whose head he smashed in with a rock after assaulting him for days in a remote location.

The Newtown Sandy Hook Murders have less information available and the murderer appears a totally different breed  from the organized intelligent evil of Joseph Duncan and Joshua Komisarjevsky, However I  stress that all of these murderers had parental and friendship"  enabling them in their criminal life and/ or absentee parenting as in the Columbine Massacre, all highly contributory factors in all of these violent crimes against  children as their preferred prey.

Clearly a more attuned collective awareness about what to look for in such persons long before they commit crimes such as the school massacre, the Colorado theater shootings, the Newtown murders and the Petit and Groene murders,  is essential if we hope to wage out own war against this violence.

James Holmes's therapist didn't retrieve for days the slew of desperate messages left by the man who professed "he was going to kill a bunch of people". The embarrassed therapist claimed he didn't check his messages for days but hadn't seen his client as capable or heading towards such violence.

Psychiatrists clearly are not going to save our country from violence if this is the norm. voice-mail and the many individual murders that seemingly came from nowhere according to friends neighbors etc of the people who rape murder and desecrate.

These questions do not apply solely to the growing epidemic of  mass murders, shootings, bombs ( in the case of Columbine) These same issues of awareness and prevention apply to all violent crime and the predators who commit them; domestic violence to familial murder, sexual assault, child assault and abduction and dating violence.