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Sunday, July 03, 2005



Unfortunately, it seems that there is a trend occuring with juvenile crimes. It's frightening how these kids are carefully planning their horrific crimes. I believe that if there is that level of planning and pre-meditation involved, the "juvenile" should be eligible for adult punishment. Especially at the age of 16 and above. Immaturity can be the blame for impulsive acts, but not an excuse for all this pre-planning as in the case of Sarah Johnson and the Blackwell case. What if they are paroled? People argue that they can contribute good to society after they are older. I don't agree. They could do good deeds every day, and that wouldn't take away the evil it took to plan their crime. Let them do their "good deeds" and redeem themselves while in prison for life. If they're ever sorry for what they've done, maybe they can help other inmates and can contribute to their permanent prison home.


I don't think there really is a "trend" in the sense of more sociopathic kids. I think that the wonder of the interneet means that we hear more about local stories.

Sarah's boyfriend was arrested for meth possesion (IIRC) -- I wonder if Sarah had tried meth before she killed her parents. It wreaks merry hell with the developing judgement centers of the brain.

Another point is that sociopathic personalities have been with us forever. It seems to be a form of birth defect. But now, with more people and more interconnection, we hear about it more.


Yes Liz I think you're right. Maybe this isn't a recent trend with teenage premeditated violence. I think of the story of Lizzie Borden killing her parents, but don't know how old she was at the time. The Menendez brothers used the abuse excuse, however the parents obviously couldn't defend themselves. I know sociopaths have been around throughout history. I do know that the majority of teenagers are good kids with feelings for others. However, it would be interesting to see if the number of teenagers murdering their parents has increased in the past century. It would be helpful to know the early warning signs of a sociopathic personality also.


When this story first came out in Idaho, what I mostly felt was grinding sorrow for the surviving son. No matter the truth of the story, his parents were dead and his sister was the prime suspect.

I think of him with deep compassion every time I read about this story.

Ray Girvan

Lizzie Borden was 26; she was also acquitted, and it's still uncertain whether she did it or not. The 1954 Parker-Hulme case (see is an interesting past example.

Ray Girvan

Afterthought: check out this Psychology Today feature ( I think it'd be fair to conclude that it's the atypical middle-class cases that make the headlines.


Does anyone know of cases where teens have murdered an abusive parent in an act of self-defense? I'm writing a novel and I need a few true statistics to base the court ruling on.

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