Friday, December 26, 2008
Some comments left on the CBC site with respect to the killing of "8 die after 'Santa' opens fire at L.A. Christmas party". At least eight people are dead after a man dressed as Santa fired shots and ignited a blaze at a Christmas Eve party held at his former wife's house, then took his own life, Los Angeles police said... http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2008/12/25/santa-shooting.html?Authorized=1&AuthenticationKey=2_59_c37f851c-cd0c-4da0-8ef2-1d5e417981d8.pakceecoehmmkm
Mike Murphy wrote:Posted 2008/12/26 at 1:29 PM ET This is a very tragic story at any time of the year especially Christmas. I'd like to see a post mortem done on the actual crime and the antecedents of these kinds of tragedies. Most men who have some involvement or have a friend or relative involved in family court know the usual outcome where men are concerned. I'd recommend a line of accountability be looked at including both parties to the divorce, the presiding judge, the two lawyers, some mention of lawmakers who pass the laws, the settlement reached (or not) as their certainly was no final settlement of this matter mutually agreeable to both parties. The purpose of the post mortem would be to deal with the systemic factors evident in what would cause a person to take such a final and drastic approach to ending the lives of people who would not be a party to the original dispute and then their own life. Forget the psychobabble he was a control freak or any other speculative details. Out of the over 3,000 male suicides it is estimated over 2,000 men in Canada take their own lives annually from family law decisions. Why did they not take others with them? There appears to be a great deal wrong with family law on both sides of the border and elsewhere. Perhaps a post mortem, naming all the above names would increase accountability, arrive at causes, and help create a better system to deal with the tragedy of family breakdown let alone some of its worst outcomes such as this very sad story. Footnote: I've always believed if people who are involved in the tragedy of family breakdown had public accountability for many of the tragic results of their decisions and manipulations they would want to ensure everything they did was fair and would pass scrutiny in the court of public opinion, not just the law courts, or as some say, the law courts of family injustice - mostly against men. There are a lot of slimy characters involved in the divorce industry and if word of their tactics were publicized they would not be able to hold their head up very high when passing their neighbours. The same would apply to pyscho ex's, male or female, who use their children as weapons. Some of my colleagues in the father's rights movement end up as victims of suicide and if a trace back to the judges and lawyers were made and it was publicized I believe sober second thought would go into decision making. In the case of Gregory Eisenhauer, of Georgia in the U.S.A, that connection was made and more of this needs to occur. Judge Lane gave him a death sentence and I hope she has nightmares for the rest of her days as well as the slimy legal people and so called counsellors involved.
Posted by Michael J. Murphy at Friday, December 26, 2008