commentary by Patrick H. Moore

Although it is generally believed that men are typically the “evil beings” who brutally slay their children for no good reason (not that there is ever a “good reason” for murdering your kids), the reality is that a surprising number of American mothers are highly troubled and are completely capable of killing their little ones in an emotionally charged state. What is odd about this appalling syndrome is that in some instances, these same mother-murderesses will experience “buyer’s remorse” after completing the act and turn themselves in to the authorities.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

A recent beating/death of an inmate at the at Tri-County Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg, Ohio provides an excellent snapshot of life in custody and the issues a convict faces once the iron door clangs shut. Let’s set the scene:

1) You have approximately 180 inmates at any time so this is a fairly small jail. A neat, clean brick building viewed from the outside.

2) You are a young man named Zachary Butler doing some time on a drunk driving charge. Although you appear to be a pretty regular guy and may not be in much danger of being raped, nevertheless, you are “the new kid on the block” and so you have to prove yourself to the more experienced convicts.

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by BJW Nashe

Dear M—- :

You never knew me. You never even met me. But I know about you, because I have had the good fortune to be close to people who knew you and loved you. So I know what happened. That’s why I wanted to write to you about it. Your story needs to be told.

In 1973, you were four years old, living with your father in Berkeley. No doubt you were a lovely little girl, full of fun and games. You were drawing and painting pictures, learning how to read, playing dress-up, doing all of the things that lovely little girls so love to do.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

Although a disturbing number of mothers (and fathers) neglect and abuse their children, it is, according to some reports, rather rare for mothers to purposefully take their own children’s lives. More often, when mothers do kill their youngsters, it is accidental as in rolling over and smothering them in the night or inadvertently asphyxiating them in a vehicle.

caro18When mothers do kill their kids, it is usually either through abuse and neglect (Mary Lavonne Vaughn comes to mind), sheer malice (Kathryn Folbigg who murdered 4 of her children over the course of many years is a prime example), or as a direct result of mental illness (the famous Andrea Yates case in which Ms. Yates drowned her five kids because she wanted to save them from the fires of hell is an oft-cited example).

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compiled by Patrick H. Moore

So what do you do if you are married to a twice-convicted child molester and he (and possibly you) decide you want to begin manufacturing child pornography? Keep in mind that in order to manufacture child pornography, you’ve got to procure the children and then makes video of adults doing horrible things to them.

eee9What you do is you set yourself up in the Day Care business and that’s exactly what Bailey Joe Mills, 33, and his wife Elizabeth Holland Mills, 35 (who describes herself alternately as a happily married mother and an exotic dancer), did. They rented a home on Nicole Drive, outside Sanford in Harnett County, NC, advertised that they were in the Day Care business, and went to work luring, molesting and photographing victim children ranging in age from 1 to 14.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

If we think back we may recall watching a rather bizarre movie called The World According to Garp in which the main character Garp is a loving but exceedingly nervous father. The film was based on the similarly titled book by best-selling author John Irving.

kayla7-193x300Garp was very nervous about his children’s welfare and spent much of his time worrying about the various pitfalls they could encounter. All parents, of course, worry about their kids to varying degrees. The world is a dangerous place and we had all best beware.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

Not all serial killers are weird like Charles Manson or Jeffrey Dahmer. Or at least they’re not totally weird. They may even have redeeming features. A surprising number of the multiple slayers who are washed up on the rocks of justice and are serving lifetime prison terms, or are languishing on Death Row, once had families and children, allegedly presided at backyard barbecues and may have even gone to PTA meetings. Others were young men just coming of age who made mistakes they couldn’t undo.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

It’s well known that more than any other cause, money issues can put great strain on marriages and are often instrumental in triggering divorces. One doesn’t expect the money squabbles to erupt, however, during the wedding reception and one certainly doesn’t expect the irate husband to MURDER his own lovely wife right there at the reception before turning the gun upon himself.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

After burning the candle at both ends from age 18 to 30 and living – shall we say – an irregular lifestyle, when I turned 31, I said to myself, “Get in shape, young man,” and so I started running. For the next five years I ran 3 to 5 days a week, 3 to 5 miles at a time. I ran in the blistering heat and summer and I ran in the cool NorCal rain. I was a running fool.

When you’re running like that and you’re heart is pounding and it’s about 95 degrees and you’re sucking air, you sometimes wonder if you’re hitting it too hard and how the old ticker is holding up.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

Suppose you’ve been dating a new man for a month. Things are going well and you’re beginning to think the relationship may have potential when one day, to your surprise, your new beau comes to you and tells you that he’s killed his sister and her husband for reasons he cannot explain satisfactorily, and takes you to see the bodies before they are discovered by the authorities.

According to her trial testimony, this is what happened to Ryan Wyngarden’s future wife Pam in November of 1987. Based on a report by the New York Daily News, at that time, out of fear that Wyngarden would also hurt or kill her, Pam did not come forward with the information. She and Ryan Wyngarden were married two years later.

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