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Was he in financial trouble? Wife about to leave him? Often these family annihilators commit these acts right as their ship is about to go under.
Posted by clashfan on September 20, 2012 at 4:51 PM · Report this
I am horrified.
Posted by Gamebird on September 20, 2012 at 5:04 PM · Report this
Posted by emma's bee on September 20, 2012 at 5:05 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 4
The article says he wanted to "live plain & simple." He's certainly going to get that now, living in an institution.

Of course, he wanted to be surrounded by nature. If he had just left, he would have gotten that. Instead, he gets to be as far away from nature as possible, for the rest of his life.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on September 20, 2012 at 5:17 PM · Report this
Gurldoggie 5
I wish I had never read that. I understand why you keep this series alive, but it sure doesn't make it any easier to sleep at night.
Posted by Gurldoggie on September 20, 2012 at 5:34 PM · Report this
Dan, thank you so much for putting the Childhaven link in these posts, it makes all the difference.
Posted by Erica Tarrant on September 20, 2012 at 5:35 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 7

If he had run off into the wilderness like Christopher McCandless, how would his family have held him back in any way? You can't collect child support or alimony from someone who can't be found.
Posted by keshmeshi on September 20, 2012 at 5:41 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 9
Uh, keshmeshi, read it again. Nowhere did I write, or even suggest that his family held him back.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on September 20, 2012 at 6:19 PM · Report this
Dreadful. I'm glad they mentioned his job, though. He's middle-class. Now he can't be written off as a hick. It's not just poor people who do dreadful things.
Posted by DRF on September 20, 2012 at 6:36 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 11

No, but clearly he thought that. I wasn't accusing you of thinking that way.
Posted by keshmeshi on September 20, 2012 at 6:52 PM · Report this
onion 13
fucking tragic and you just fucking ruined my dinner.
Posted by onion on September 20, 2012 at 6:59 PM · Report this
They were going through significant marital issues, nothing uncommon, but nasty enough. He was seeing other women behind her back, she probably had feelings of abandonment, she would frequently have fights with her relatives where she would defend him, there were frequent squabbles, etc. The usual stuff.

Christopher apparently had a thing for druids and getting back to nature and ye olde life, and so forth. His fantasy was to live the lifestyle deep in the Yukon Territory. He could have just been a thoughtless jerk and abandoned his family but, for whatever reasons, he decided to be a murderous thoughtless jerk.

Finally, I'll add that he had a beautiful wife and lovely kids, plus what appears to have been a nice house and, probably, a decent career. That is, he had attained what is the fantasy of millions. But sometimes we let things get in the way of appreciating what we have.
Posted by floater on September 20, 2012 at 7:11 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 15
Ugh. This is a really bad one.

@ 14, the guy sounds too much like a psychopath to me. (That word gets bandied about too much these days, but his reactions on the stand are just too cold-blooded for it not to be highly possible here.) Eric Harris (the likely psychopathic Columbine killer) also felt only at home in isolated nature.

Oswego IL is just a few miles from my wife's home town, and the murdered wife was the same age. I wonder if she ever knew this person? I'll ask her - but not tonight.
Posted by Matt from Denver on September 20, 2012 at 8:38 PM · Report this
milemarker 16
I'm always grateful to Dan for posting these because I know they are a reaction to the anti-gay religious nuts, mainly Family "Research" Council, whose manta is "Every child needs a father and a mother" to imply that if you're a same-sex parent, you just aren't good enough and that hetero-parenting is somehow a guarantee of wholesome, well-rounded children.

Thanks once again, Dan, for exposing the lying liars at FRC.
Posted by milemarker on September 20, 2012 at 9:18 PM · Report this
Ernie1 17
If only he had faked his own death and gone off to die of exposure in the Yukon. What a sad story.
Posted by Ernie1 on September 20, 2012 at 9:21 PM · Report this
sirkowski 18
Did he go to the water park alone?
Posted by sirkowski on September 20, 2012 at 9:30 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 19
#1 No. It's all part of the heterosexual life style. Heterosexual marriage leads to murder.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on September 20, 2012 at 9:59 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 21
Read the book "Small Sacrifices". People will do this kind of thing for the most petty and selfish reasons. But then, as uncomfortable as it is to think, we have only just climbed down from the trees. We are animals.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on September 21, 2012 at 5:15 AM · Report this
Ugh. We have a real doozy up here right now. A couple filed a motion to prevent their toddler daughter from being taken off of life support and allowed to die. This goes against their religious beliefs. But the reason she is on life support in the first place is because they starved her to the point that she was eventually found in a coma with irreparable brain damage. Yep, having heterosexual parents sure helped her.
Posted by teamcanada'sforgottenpassword on September 21, 2012 at 10:24 AM · Report this
You know, I was going to quip that every father who has taken his family to an amusement park had probably at least thought about shooting all of them at at least one point during the trip, but this story is just too sad...
Posted by PCM on September 21, 2012 at 10:58 AM · Report this
I hope there's a hell. I really fucking do.
Posted by NateMan on September 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 25
@24 Yeah, there is. It's here for these children.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on September 21, 2012 at 1:22 PM · Report this
GoodOmens 26
@15 I'm just going to jump in here to defend the people who only feel comfortable isolated in nature and are not psychopaths. Despite your example of one, I don't think that that's a very strong correlation. The 'psychopath test' that is used in the courts system does not have 'only comfortable isolated in nature' as one of the indicators that identify a psychopath.
This American Life did a very interesting show on the 'psychopath test'. You should listen to it.…
Posted by GoodOmens on September 23, 2012 at 9:51 PM · Report this

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