It’s strange what sensationalist stories the big media outlets decide to latch on to. A dad who kills his two sons in their sleep, then shoots himself? That didn’t seem to merit much national attention. But a dad who kills his two sons, then shoots himself…at college? Headline news! The latest tragic murder-suicide comes from West Virginia, where Douglas W. Pennington shot his two sons Logan and Benjamin at Shepherd University, then turned the weapon on himself. No motive’s been given. Unfortunately, in cases like these, the motive usually dies with the suspect.
Seriously, what will it take to stop mentally unbalanced asshole parents from taking their offspring with them? (And yes, I still maintain you can view someone compassionately as suffering from depression and mental illness, and still hold them responsible for taking out their pathologies on their children.) Just because you’ve given up on life doesn’t mean your kids are as miserable as you are. By all means, let’s get serious help for the John Hogans, Thomas Frazzas and Douglas Penningtons of the world. But let’s also hold them to account for their misdeeds…even if the only way to do that is to curse their names in the afterlife.