Murder is an Act, Not an Illness.

June 21, 2010 at 2:20 pm 3 comments

What do you do when you can’t handle the fact that your son, secure in the knowledge that his parents’ money buys impunity, confesses to a couple of murders? Cry mental illness.

From Gather:

Joran Van Der Sloot confessed to murdering two women and his mother cries mental illness and the death of Sloot’s father caused him to do it.

Anita Van Der Sloot wants everyone to know her son had been suffering from mental illness and had he accepted help, he wouldn’t have been in this situation

According to MSNBC, Anita Van Der Sloot stated that:

“Joran is sick in his head, but he wanted no help. He was a sweet boy who loved animals and his grandmother… Funny, open. He has gradually lost its way. It was insidious.”

Whenever someone does something we can’t make sense of or can’t face, we call it mental illness. It disgusts me to no end. Now, with every negative nuance of a personality labeled a symptom, isn’t everyone who does terrible things mentally ill?

This is a guy who got used to the idea that whatever messes he made for himself (and others) someone took care of him. With enough lies and money, he seemed untouchable so he did whatever he wanted. Sometimes what he wanted was to kill young women. It really is that simple. He’s not mentally ill, he just thought he could get away with it. Killing girls is not a symptom, it’s an act and being a horrible example of a human being is not a mental illness.

Sadly, some people will lend credence to this mental illness claim — at least enough to associate perceived mental illness with a compulsion for violence and that’s a hell of an association to make. Ask any good and gentle person with a psychiatric label. They are not hard to find.

Then of course, if not for the lack of psychiatric intervention, “he wouldn’t have been in this situation.” More to the point, what you’re really saying is that if only he had accepted psychiatric help, these girls wouldn’t be dead — right, Mom — because we all know psychiatry is the one thing that keeps sweet boys from killing.

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3 Comments

  • 1. wlliam wallace  |  June 24, 2010 at 5:07 am

    It is not the true nature of human beings / killig another
    in seeing ttat life being the gift of all gifts, therefore the
    last intent is to take the life of another or attempt such.

    With harming others as in killing others, then it being
    such individuals unbalanced in their experience their
    understanding toward the gift life, thus one can only
    look at the circumstances that having brought such
    events, thus, doing so find find the problems source.

    There be circumstances where a individual so badly
    treated, they will strike out in a heated moment, unto
    those in a very lost state of being can plan the killing
    of another, in making such appear a accidental killing
    to such extent that an killing done for monetery profit.

    When humans lose sight of the gift of life, they then
    capable of doing many a wrong, where but seeing
    their life as / an life of others having very little value.

    Thus it must the mental state of an human being
    playing a large part in judgement of their actions.

    Many ask the question. Being it right that mental
    illness can be used as excuse in killing others ?.

    The answer is NO… yet, such does not remove
    the fact they be mentally unbalanced, it could be
    argued they being the more mentally unbalanced.

    Life a precious gift, when humanity lose focus
    of such not just the individual, when on a large
    scale an focus lost of lifes gift, conflict / wars
    erupt where millions being killed, where human
    life seen as little value, thus but a trail of death
    destruction, in humans crying an river of tears.

  • 2. Tony  |  July 7, 2010 at 12:32 am

    I fail to be impressed. We’ve heard this song and dance before with John Hinckley, Jr’s parents embracing NAMI and the mental illness model after their son was acquitted of his charges.

  • 3. Susannah  |  November 23, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Great post, I agree


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