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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Virginia Man, Upset That Obama Would Be Re-elected, Kills Family

 A Virginia man killed his family and himself this week at least partly out of fear that Obama would be re-elected, one London-based news outlet reports.  He had a history of mental illness. “He felt that our God-given rights were being taken away,” a longtime family friend identified as “Maggie L.” told The Daily Mail. “He didn’t like where the country was going.”

The friend said Albert Peterson, a defense contractor, had a history of paranoia and was affected by a favorite uncle’s recent suicide. On Wednesday, Peterson, his wife Kathleen (who also worked in a defense-related company) and their two teenage sons, Matthew and Christopher, were found shot dead in their home.  Apparently he went on the killing spree a few hours after returning from church on Sunday.

Recently, according to the Daily Mail, Peterson was behaving erratically, sending paranoid political emails daily to family and friends. “They were very well-off people and they saved a lot of money,” Maggie L.  said of the Petersons. “He couldn’t understand how the government could be so irresponsible and he thought it would be on the backs of his boys.”

The Washington Post reported earlier:
Randall Alter, a neighbor who said he has known the Petersons for about 28 years and attended their wedding and their sons’ baptisms, said Albert Peterson stopped by his house Saturday night. His friend, Alter said, seemed “morose.”
“He was worried about everything,” Alter said. “He felt the economy was going in the wrong direction. He was worried about politics. He couldn’t shake things.”

1 comment:

Laurence Glavin said...

This is NOT to take what happened at all lightly, but one thought crossed my mind (which BTW is my daily quota): did he listen frequently to the most horrific right-wing talk show hosts? Limbaugh, Beck, the person who used thr radio name Michael Savage (past tense because he's off the air now for a while) Mark Levin? Maybe, just maybe you could consider Gamblin' Bill Bennet or Laura Ingraham seriously as exponents of reasonable views, but the firebrands of the right could easily send a susceptible person off-the-rails.