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    KY - Joyce, 46, & Sunny Richardson, 18, Phillip Leslie, 16, slain, Newport, Dec 2005

    A Newport father told police he "just snapped," then killed his wife, daughter, her boyfriend and the family dog in their home Tuesday morning.

    They were found dead in a home at 15 Laycock Lane around 8 a.m.

    Michael Richardson, 45, was holed up in the home after the shootings but later surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident.

    Joyce Richardson, wife
    Sunny Richardson, daughter and a senior at Newport High School
    Phillip Leslie, Sunny's boyfriend and a junior at Newport High School

    Police say Michael Richardson left his job at a printing company at 3 a.m. Tuesday, came home and shot the three, plus the family dog.

    "Evidently he had a bad day at work. And they were having some problems at home and he just lost it, he snapped," said Officer Tom Collins of Newport Police.

    Police say around 6:10 a.m., Richardson called his son and employer and said, "I killed my family."

    After brief negotiations, he came out of the house, but police say he may have planned for a fight.

    "There were also weapons placed strategically around the home, one a .50 caliber rifle on a tripod placed at the front door. There were weapons throughout the house," Officer Collins said. http://www.wcpo.com/news/2005/local/12/27/3murder.html
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    What is it with people just "snapping"? I don't get it. This had to have been brewing for quite some time, and no one noticed it. You don't just "snap" and then "snap" back to normal. Or do you? If that's the case, then anyone on the street can just "snap" and you might be the target. I'm at a loss for words. I think that's just a lame excuse for some sort of deep seeded psychological problem.

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    Oops, the just snapped thing again! I am not buying it...I think these people have a plan and part of the plan is to say " I just snapped". Responsibility or lack of responsibility is more the core of this. Just think, he never has to work again, all his meals and medical will be paid by taxpayers. He will have a roof over his head and the electric bill is someone else's problem.Sometimes I sound like a broken record but I believe it is the entitlement thing again.

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    That guy was only 45 years old? He looked at least 15 years older than that!!! Secondly, this doesn't mean anything, but what was a high school junior (and the daughter's boyfriend) doing at their house at 3:00 in the morning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by concernedperson
    Oops, the just snapped thing again! I am not buying it...I think these people have a plan and part of the plan is to say " I just snapped". Responsibility or lack of responsibility is more the core of this. Just think, he never has to work again, all his meals and medical will be paid by taxpayers. He will have a roof over his head and the electric bill is someone else's problem.Sometimes I sound like a broken record but I believe it is the entitlement thing again.
    And, I believe you may be right. As sad as that is, I believe it is true in most cases. Why would someone care if they had to go to jail? I mean, come on, it's a free ride, basically. Very few murderers actually get the death penalty, and if they do, it's years down the road. This is just my opinion, hope I'm not ticking anyone off. I sure don't mean to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeana (DP)
    That guy was only 45 years old? He looked at least 15 years older than that!!! Secondly, this doesn't mean anything, but what was a high school junior (and the daughter's boyfriend) doing at their house at 3:00 in the morning?
    I wondered if this might have been what triggered what happened. He was obviously upset- he had a problem at work, and left to go home. He arrives home unexpectedly and finds dau's boyfriend spending the night. No excuse for what he did, but possibly the trigger to what happened.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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    Is it just me or is this the season for all of a sudden killing your entire family? It's been happening like every week for the last couple of months or so. And it seems to be happening an awful lot in MY AREA! This is really scary what the world is coming to and these people, who seem so "normal", all of a sudden snap...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ISPTRAX
    Is it just me or is this the season for all of a sudden killing your entire family? It's been happening like every week for the last couple of months or so. And it seems to be happening an awful lot in MY AREA! This is really scary what the world is coming to and these people, who seem so "normal", all of a sudden snap...
    It started happening since this summer. About the time the woman threw her children off a bridge, and has been happening ever since.
    In the southwestern Ohio/Northern Ky area alone we have had the father who killed his dau with a golf club, the mentally ill man who killed his toddler after ripping her from her mother's arms, and now this............makes you wonder about people you know, will they be safe?
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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    But what do you think the deal is? It's not that it's being reported more than before... anything like that is always reported. I think it's a desentisation of society... it's becoming so common, they think "what the hell"... so sad what we're coming to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ISPTRAX
    But what do you think the deal is? It's not that it's being reported more than before... anything like that is always reported. I think it's a desentisation of society... it's becoming so common, they think "what the hell"... so sad what we're coming to.

    I agree. When life gets to be too much for these people, they just take it out on everyone that they can, sit back, wait to be arrested and then take in all the free room, boarding, food, medical/dental/mental care that they need for the rest of their lives. Nothing more to worry about, no more bills to pay, no more decisions to be made.


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    I think it is more than that. These are often people who work for a living, lead normal lives, appear loving and caring, no known drug connection. Then they suddenly just kill their family. Scary.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysteriew
    I think it is more than that. These are often people who work for a living, lead normal lives, appear loving and caring, no known drug connection. Then they suddenly just kill their family. Scary.

    I disagree. We often hear after the fact that they had some serious problems with depression, alcohol, etc. I think they're ticking bombs, its just that no one knows it.

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    That's why I think I'll never date again...

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    They are saying that this guy had been in a serious accident and lived with chronic pain, was on strong pain killers. But they are saying he recently stopped taking the medication because it was causing problems with his stomach. Says that he had begun to change. They did not say how he changed.
    They also said that he did not have a criminal history.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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    That's why I think I'll never date again...
    I hear ya! You can't trust anyone, anymore. That is truly sad.

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