Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Family Law Courts: More murders to come

Although I have not previously written about this in this forum I have been warning through personal conversations and discussion boards what the Associated Press reported on yesterday.  Scott Johnson, 38, of Kingsford, Michigan, told police shortly after being arrested, "I have no hope. I have no future . . . It's just been buildin' up, buildin' up, buildin' up."

In an almost verbatim account of what I have warned of, Johnson has allegedly admitted to the random killing of three teenage swimmers along the Wisconsin-Michigan border.  A psychiatrist who interviewed Johnson described this as his way of getting others to feel the pain he has felt.  The July 31, 2008 killings came after Johnson raped an acquaintance the previous day saying, "She rejected me and I felt insulted". Aware of the potential consequences, that is when he asked himself, "Do I go out with a bang?"

Johnson is one of many who fit the profile of those I suspect are going to create a wave of random and targeted killings across the country. Johnson had gone through a divorce after, in 2001, his wife and children went to Ohio for a wedding and never came back. A family court rewarded his wife, Theresa Johnson, for absconding with the children and depriving them of a father by giving her custody and ordering Scott to pay an amount in child support that likely exceeded his ability to pay.

Although child support payment orders have the stated objective of reflecting what a parent would have spent on the children prior to divorce the reality is that, by statute and design, the payments are to greatly exceed what was actually spent. One thing that courts also do not consider is the psychological impact on parents of losing access to their children and the motivation to provide for them.

Parents who toiled through pain and sleeplessness to earn money to provide for their children and be rewarded with the sight of their children's happiness through personal interaction are deprived of that in sole custody situations. There the motivation is lost, psychological problems may manifest themselves and earnings power, especially for the self-employed, is diminished.

Financial debt, legal problems and "perceived personal failures and affronts", as psychologist Deborah Collins wrote, contributed to Johnson's sense of demise. He said his life had hit "rock bottom." This is the point where I feel many will make the choice to "go out with a bang" just as he did. When hope is lost there is no reason to carry on. It is a biological necessity to reproduce and raise our offspring. Without that there is no meaning in life and death provides the only sense of relief. Johnson said it. "Right now I feel free. No more lies. No more bullshit," he wrote. "The way the economy is going, I am really not that bad off."

Johnson had spent five years in the military where rigorous psychological training and conditioning creates a mind that sees people not as people but simply as an 'enemy'. With our recent build-up of military forces and deployments to combat situations throughout the world a new generation of potential 'madmen' have been created. All they need is financial trouble and a loss of family along with a sense of injustice to trip them into going off. Those returning to find themselves divorced, unable to see their children and jailed for non-payment of support may be just those people.

The report notes that Johnson said, "You don't have to be crazy to do what I did, just angry." He was described as a "neat freak" by his ex-wife Theresa. Dr. Erik Knudson, a psychiatrist, described Johnson as "pleasant, charming, a good story teller." This is not a person who you would think of as the "monster" which Johnson referred to himself as in a police interview. Instead, this is just another person who has been pushed too far.

Johnson described one of his difficulties as not being able to apply for a job without an employer discovering his warrants. He is currently wanted in Ohio for failure to pay child support. Legislators, judges and prosecutors sadistically rejoice at the difficulties and agony they can impose upon another human and the pain they can cause by toying with their lives. What the fail to realize is that there will be more who will strike back with rightful indignation. No one involved in the intentional destruction of families and the deprivation of custodial rights should feel safe.

As Johnson has described and as I have told others in the past, it is everyone who does nothing to combat the problem that are facilitating it and becoming accessories to these deprivations. He planned to kill the teens as "bait" to attract police, then take out officers one by one. He wanted to inflict pain, just as he had felt, upon the families of the dead teens.

Judges, attorneys, prosecutors, police, spouses and the public at large are going to be slaughtered in future rampages. Those who do not seek to right the wrong of depriving children of their right to access to their parents are going to be on the list of the next person who decides to exact revenge on society. Who will be followed by the next, by the next, and by the next until change comes.

Ludington Daily News


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