Taking a stand

The recent statements made by family members of the individual who chose to kill his estranged wife and children in Dexter should be extremely offensive to everyone against domestic violence.

I understand their grief, but to blame the courts and his estranged wife for those murders is senseless. He, and he alone, is responsible for his actions.

What could his children have done to warrant making them watch while other loved ones were being executed?

Why would his estranged wife's actions in trying to protect her children and herself be criticized?

No one really knows what went on in that household except the individuals who are now mourned for their senseless killing.

This is yet another wake-up call to us all. We must, collectively, take a stand against domestic violence.

Brenda Theriault, Greene

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David  Cote's picture

Good reason to pay special attention

Perhaps Mr. Reed you missed the fact that this person who wiped out his family was about to stand trial for holding them at gunpoint last year. He was ordered to surrender all firearms to the authorities and to stay away from his family. This was not a typical domestic violence situation, and even if it was, how many of those end tragically? And one more thing; If you or your family had been held against your will at gunpoint wouldn't you see to it that the person responsible was being watched closely by those we pay to protect us?

George Fogg's picture

Is it hypocritical?

I find it strange that Ron seems to blame guns since he made a living behind a gun. Is this the same tired old hypocrisy of it's OK for me but the rest of you aren't good enough to do it?

RONALD RIML's picture

"He took my (Ba)'Nana' - So I shot him....."

Yep - true story.

It's not what people think, or what others perceive. Or 'who' one may blame.

It's the easy and ready access to guns. You can do it with knives - but they take a whole lot more work and struggle.....

David  Cote's picture

Spot on, Dan

You are absolutely correct. Law enforcement let this lady and her kids down. And another thing; Why did the first officer on the scene stay outside when he heard shots fired. Ok, he didn't have backup but knowing the situation and the people involved he's gotta go in.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"The recent statements made

"The recent statements made by family members of the individual who chose to kill his estranged wife and children in Dexter"...."I understand their grief"....

With all due respect, Brenda, unless you have personally experienced having a loved one kill his ex-wife and two children and then himself, how could you possibly understand their grief? To most of us, it is unimaginable.

Jim Cyr's picture

Taking a stand against

the judicial system that allows for the proper prosecution and then just opens the flood gates and lets "repeats" out for the problem of overcrowding, would seem a priority.


Backwards, as usual.

90% or more of a LEO's job is to react by catching an alleged perp after a crime has been committed. 10% or less of his job is to "protect" anyone before the commission of a crime. It's the responsibility of the judicial system to spell out in detail exactly how public resources are to be used to protect us from convicted felons. If LEOs are "proactive", they open a big can of worms of harassment and violation of rights of the poor repeat offender - dumping it right back in the lap of the judicial system.

The cops did their job - the judge stepped on his robe and fell on his face.

Steve  Dosh's picture

Taking a stand

. . ..Yes, Brenda , Just say no to domestic violence everyone . i do not know the particulars of this case yet in fact domestic violence is a felony and is prosecuted to the full extent of the law in all 5 0 of these very United States . Violence is not a social norm in ME or anywhere else . Terroristic threatening is also a felony . Report any and all occurances to your local police department . Further resources are available here http://psychcentral.com/lib/2006/domestic-violence-organizations-and-res... h t h , /s, Dr. Steve Dosh and family

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"Report any and all

"Report any and all occurances to your local police department".
Sure, only to be told, "He/she hasn't broken any laws yet. Until a crime is committed, there is not much we can do". How many times have we all read or heard that statement?


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