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Local Snapped 

Something horrible happened in this town. A 32-year-old mother of 7 shot their father in the head, set the house on fire, and drove into a lake with the 3-month-old youngest baby. 

The baby was rescued from the lake by a paramedic and survived in spite of the freezing temperature. All seven kids have survived, and the town is collecting things and money for them. 

The father seems to have been a total deadbeat. He left the family and moved out of state. The mother divorced him back in 2012 and worked two jobs to make ends meet. But the creep came back and fathered more children while punching around the older ones. There were dozens of 911 calls from the house in the last year. Finally, the woman seems to have snapped. She has recently given birth and was probably not in a good mental state. 

This is all going on literally next door. 

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11 thoughts on “Local Snapped 

  1. Dreidel on said:

    Sounds like unexceptional behavior to me. When I was a medical student back in Tennesse, I delivered a 21-year-old woman’s fifth child. After the delivery, she told me she couldn’t remember the last time she’d had a period. She stabbed her husband to death six months after that, and died in the electric chair 18 months later.

    Then after moving to urbane Southern California for my medical internship, I tied the tubes of a 17-year-old girl who had three children and stretch marks and had lost her youthful figure forever. Two years later, when I’d switched my career path to psychiatry, she was once again my patient, on the hospital’s maximum security psychotic ward.

    After 21 peaceful years in the U.S. military, I retired to the Arizona desert. One of the first images I saw on the local news was a picture of an old Air Force girlfriend, who’d been tortured and stabbed to death by a crack cocaine addict. His five-and-six-year-old daughters had witnessed the murder and testified against him in court. He’s still alive 19 years later on Arizona’s death row.

    I’m sure that you have similar horror stories from growing up in the shadow of the Soviet Union.

    Welcome to Planet Earth. Some of us — physicians and academics, among others — havehad the intellect and the skills and the resources and the pure luck to get through the fray untouched. So just relax now: The tide will splash up and wet our feet, but it won’t sweep either of us off our privileged position on the hill.

    (There, you see how easy it is to be optimistic, when all the odds are on our side? And I’m not the leastbit cynical — just honest.)

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    • Unexceptional behavior?!

      The cases you described are extreme examples. It is not like non academics living thus is a usual practice either.

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    • Hey, all but one of my aunts are victims of domestic violence, so yes, I’m very familiar with these situations and with how impossible it is to pry the victim away from the victimizer. And how the children get to pay for all this. The two adults are very happy in such situations but the kids suffer horribly.

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  2. anon on said:

    How tragic! I am glad the children survived – hopefully they’ll get good care in a more stable environment. And I wish the police had been able to do more sooner…

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  3. Marianne on said:

    …at least she can’t take him back now. I wish her the best and hope she will be a good mother to her children.

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  4. Your county had approximately 1250 reported cases of domestic violence in 2015. (I’m rounding so no one can look up the number to find the name of the county.) That’s probably less than 1/3 of what actually happened. Cops often won’t take reports unless medical attention is required. Victims will hide bruises with makeup when they are in the denial phase, although sunglasses worn indoors or on a cloudy day can be hiding a black eye. That’s what my wife poetry book is about, based on her own experience.

    Two topics on which we don’t have good data in the US are related and involve the home: domestic violence and incest. Both are far more common than anyone wants to admit.

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    • Exactly! I’m sure this is just a small part of the story. And nobody knew what was happening because the woman seems to have been very isolated. The only people who could say anything about her are her employers.

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  5. Fie upon this quiet life on said:

    So tragic. I feel so bad for her children. Really, so bad for the whole situation.

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  6. Shakti on said:

    Will the community be there for the kids a year out from now?

    I just find it amazing that “dozens of 911 calls” and “they seemed normal” according to neighbors exist in the same article. But people are very good at not seeing what they don’t want to see and concealing what they don’t want others to see.

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    • As of now, I think nobody has found a single actual friend of hers or even a close acquaintance. The neighbors kept complaining about the noise coming from the house but blamed it on the kids. The usual.

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