If you don’t want to read troubling accounts of wackos doing depraved acts to innocent children, read no further. Here’s the latest from Texas:
(1)[quote]HUDSON OAKS, Texas (AP) – A young mother who may have been depressed apparently hanged three of her small daughters and herself in a closet using pieces of clothing and sashes, authorities said Tuesday.
A fourth child, an 8-month-old daughter, was also found dangling in the closet but was rescued from the family’s mobile home.
‘‘It’s horrendous. That’s all I can say,’’ Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said.
The woman was identified as Gilberta Estrada, 25. Authorities did not immediately identify the children, ages 5, 3 and 2. . .[/quote]
When I read that I immediately thought, oh jeezus, not again. And sure enough, the article continues. . . .
[quote]Texas has seen a number of child killings by mothers in recent years.
(2) Less than five years earlier, another Hudson Oaks family was torn apart when Dee Etta Perez, 39, shot her three children, ages 4, 9 and 10, before killing herself.
(3) Andrea Yates drowned her five children in the family’s Houston bathtub in 2001.
(4) In 2003, Deanna Laney beat her two young sons to death with stones in East Texas, and
(5) Lisa Ann Diaz drowned her daughters in a Plano bathtub.
(6) Dena Schlosser fatally severed her 10-month-old daughter’s arms with a kitchen knife in 2004.
All four of those women were found innocent by reason of insanity. Yates initially was convicted of capital murder, but that verdict was overturned on appeal.[/quote]
nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-C … illed.html
What is it about Texas that results in so many tragic acts of that nature?
So hot and dry and sterile that just about anyone would go nuts?
Such a macho enviroment, where men are more likely to abuse their women?
Such a culture of guns and death (license plates should read “the Death Penalty State”) that murder/suicide seems a reasonable option to post-partum women.
Such extreme Christianity that some women are driven to bizarre pseudo-religious fantasies and hearing of voices (at least one of the above women was reportedly a “very devote Christian.”)
Conservatives and Republicans = lack of adequate resources and support for women, children and the mentally ill
Illegal immigration, of course. It’s not our fault, it’s the immigrants.
Honestly, I don’t mean this as a mere dig at Christians or Republicans. Doesn’t there seem to be a problem in Texas? What’s the cause/causes?