Australia - Michael, 52, & Kathryn Walicki, 15, stabbed to death, Sydney, 5 July 2007

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  1. dingo

    dingo Former Member

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    A Sydney woman murdered her father and sister last week.
    Her parents were\are scientoligists and denied their daughter her medication.
    This is just so senseless...the little sister was only 15.

    http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=122354.

    Sorry I spelt psych wrong and I cant fix it .
     
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  3. Shazza

    Shazza Former Member

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    This is a tragedy for the whole family, the attacker was sick and needed medication that her parent would not allow her to have, so without her medication she lost it and killed her father, sister and severly injured her mother, while I am not condoning her actions, she was mentally unstable and as such I feel she is to a victim, but she committed a crime so it is up to the justice system now as to what happens to her. I hope the mother recovers, but when she does when she finds out what has happened to the rest of her family she is going to need a lot of help, professionally and support from her friends and other family members.

    I truly believe that the whole family were victims.
     
  4. lizzybeth

    lizzybeth Active Member

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    I agree. This woman is a victim too. Once she's in the penal system I would think they would give her the meds she needs. Can you imagine the guilt she's going to feel once she's mentally stable and realizes what she's done?

    Wonder what Tom Cruise would have to say about this?
     
  5. Shazza

    Shazza Former Member

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    Why do some religions not allow their sick members to receive conventional medical attention or medication, I remember as a little girl, these people knocked on our door and were talking to my mom, when dad heard he went to the door and asked them to leave, I never found out for a long time why, but mum told me they were Jehoviah Witnesses and that they do not believe in blood transfusions. The poor young woman whom committed this horrible crime was obviously not of sound mind, it is not an excuse as some people do plead insanity to lessen their punishment, but her condition was known and she was not receiving the meds that would help her. Her father and sister are dead and her mother in a serious condition. As you said LizzyBeth I hope wherever this young woman is placed she is given the medical attention she needs. But when she realises what has happened will she cope with that. This is such a tragedy for all involved.
     
  6. KatK

    KatK Former Member

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    Shazza, Scientology isn't a religion, it's a cult, founded with crazed, evil intent. :twocents: Read the link I included, it's a more truthful biography of the founder of Scientology, and the Scientologists want to obliterate it.
     
  7. Amraann

    Amraann Former Member

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    she was 25???
    NO ONE MADE HER do anything. She was an adult and in reality made her own choices.

    I do not agree with her parents choices or religion but at 25??
     
  8. KatK

    KatK Former Member

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    You left out "as a 25 year old member of a cult" in your post Am. ;) She didn't have the power to choose anymore, the techniques they use to "audit" you take that ability away and leave you in a permanently suggestible state. Cite. See the second section "The Harm it Does a Person". (ETA: Cite,which has credible sources cited.) (ETA2: Cite.)
     
  9. Nova

    Nova Active Member

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    I'm no fan of Scientology but "crazed, evil intent" -- if you mean those words literally -- is the same sort of religious mumbo jumbo as "auditing."

    "Cynical intent," "greedy intent," maybe, as Ron Hubbard had long talked of the financial advantages of incorporating as a church and we all have a right to be suspicious of that.

    But anyone who interviews those who leave a religion, as the link you gave us does, will come up with a litany of alleged abuses. Look at the some of the comments here at WS that come from ex-Catholics. That doesn't mean all the claims are false, but we are gullible if we take them at face value.

    This is a terrible tragedy and surely Scientologist ideas must share the blame. But the killer is an adult, one with baggage like all of us, but an adult nonetheless.
     
  10. Shazza

    Shazza Former Member

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    I was under the belief that Scientology was a religion, thankyou for setting me right. But whatever Scientology is, the 25 year old woman who committed this crime suffered too because of her parents beliefs. She is an adult and therefore responisble for her actions, of course she should be punished, but they would have to take into account her state of mind.
     
  11. KatK

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    Read chapters 16 to 22 of the book I linked particularily then get back to me. He did all kinds of drugs HEAVILY, and admitted this in his own words late in his life. Read this Wikipedia article (From the Scientology section on down) for a quicker summary. What else do you call preying on the vunerable to get rich, subjugating everyone, but especially women, ordering beatings and other cruel punishments, and putting yourself forth as an infalliable God Figure?!






    I stand by my description. ​
     
  12. Nova

    Nova Active Member

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    I should think so. When I said the killer was an adult, I was not arguing that her religious training had no bearing on the case. But evidence for the "brainwashing" of adults by cults has proved nearly impossible to determine scientifically.

    There is NO precise, scientific definition for a "religion" versus a "cult." Germany considers Scientology a cult; the U.S. offers it the protection of a "religion." Scientology isn't different in the two countries; the two countries' ideas about religious freedom are different.

    Likewise "cult" v. "religion" is almost always in the eye of a the beholder. Generally speaking, older religions consider new ones "cults."

    Christianity certainly began as a cult. The Mormons here in the U.S. were considered a "cult" in the 1800s, are considered a mainstream religion today by most.

    These words are highly emotional, but largely subjective.
     
  13. Nova

    Nova Active Member

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    Actually, I've read many books on Scientology. I took a course on it in college.

    If your point is that there is plenty of evidence that Ron Hubbard was a con man, in the early days, and suffered from drug-induced psychosis later on, I agree. I've already said that.

    But there is ample evidence that Joseph Smith was a con man, too. King David and Muhammad weren't exactly choir boys. St. Paul was no fun at a picnic; I think we can say that with certainty. Nor was Martin Luther or any number of other Christian leaders. And if we had any reliable historical evidence on the character of Jesus, who knows what we might think of him?

    The point remains: a "cult" + time = mainstream religion.

    And we can't fairly judge any religion based solely on the testimony of apostates. If we're going to use body counts as our evidence, Scientology has a long way to go before it catches up with Christianity or Islam.
     
  14. eleven

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    Thank you. This was a grown woman. No one made her kill her family. If she wanted/needed psychiatric drugs, she could have obtained them on her own.

    The article only references her parents being scientologists, not her.
     
  15. Nova

    Nova Active Member

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    Don't you think it's a fair assumption she was at least raised in that church? And that being raised with those beliefs might have something to do with her not taking medication? I don't suppose we know, but it's at least a possibility.

    I don't mean to give the impression that I am pro-Scientology. The Scientologist dogma all sounds like bunk to me.

    But if the same woman had been a devout Christian and killed her family members because she believed Jesus was speaking to her through her toaster, we would have just said she was obviously disturbed, not that Christianity was to blame.
     
  16. JanetElaine

    JanetElaine Well-Known Member

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    When people basically believe Star Trek is real and coming (=scientology) how can anyone still call it a religion? How can anyone even take it seriously?

    ETA: from the article: The woman told Dr Cross that her feelings started to worsen three weeks before the killings and that her parents allowed her to restart her anti-psychotic medication as it helped her to sleep.

    So that basically blows her defense to pieces. Hate to be her lawyer!
     
  17. dingo

    dingo Former Member

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    Shazza Former Member

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    This has nothing to do with religion, cults or whatever anyone wants to call it, this woman was mentally unstable whether she was into any religion or not, she lost the plot and killed her family and seriously injured her mother. What happens to her next is up to the justice system and hopefully they will allow her to get the medical attention she needs.
     
  19. Amraann

    Amraann Former Member

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    Nope Nova I would not...
    Its all the same to me.

    The key word in your post to me is DEVOUT
    In my mind that is as good as being brainwashed.
    I would say that ANYONE who believes that crap devoutly is "obviously disturbed"

    As far as far assumption goes Nova I know how I was raised and rallied against it as I assume you did too (based on your posts)
    So despite this womens upbringing she could have chosen to over come it.
     
  20. KOOL LOOK

    KOOL LOOK ~~~Sin is the Cause of all Sorrow~~~For this Gal,

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    I don't want to appear to be nit picking about words, buttttttttt, "Cynical and greedy intent," as you have pointed out is evil. Greedy = Greed =

    I Timothy 6:10: For the love of money is the root of all evil.

    I won't compromise, Scientology has no foundation. IMO, Most of the people involved in this organized group are looking for sense of belonging that they haven't found in their personal lives like family, or a God based belief system.

    I feel our lives should be centered around our salvation, love, healing, unitedness, etc...
     
  21. SieSie

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    This woman DID take medications, both psychiatric and some other kind - I'm not buying the whole "Scientology didn't allow her to take it" angle. I think she didn't like the side effects ("made her feel anxious and depressed") and I'm curious why the private psychiatrist she was supposedly seeing didn't try her on a different anti-depressant. I don't approve of Scientology, but I don't think they're at fault for this one.

    Source: 9msn
     

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