Again the headlines detail the tragedy of the death of children at the hand of their parent. This last one takes place in Texas where a mother, Sheborah Thomas, is reported as allegedly murdering her 5 and 7 year old children, and then stowing their bodies under a neighbor's house as she was in the process of moving away from her home. When asked by a neighbor about the children, she calmly admitted she had drowned them. The children's father is incarcerated.
Several neighbors and acquaintances have stated that they had never seen any signs of mental illness or mistreatment of the children; however I wonder how accurate and truthful these statements are. I am sure that when an investigation is made of the family there will be many tale tell signs that this mom suffered from some type of mental illness, but more than likely those around her who saw her functioning and apparently taking care of her children, chose to look away and ignore, unfortunately for those children, what they recognized as unstable behavior. Fear of being held responsible either for “turning in” the mom, or worse the care of the children if she was found unfit to care for them, allowed this murder to take place.
This is seen over and over again; when humans choose to randomly kill other persons, whether they go into a movie theatre to act against strangers or to murder those that they should love the most. Their acts are inexplicable, and at the root of their motivation is untreated mental illness. Family members are hesitant to report against their own family member or neighbors, and the community at large does not want to act against these individuals until they have done something terrible, which is little solace for the ultimate victims of these persons. There is fear that they will be institutionalized, but leaving someone with untreated, severe mental illness is very risky for those who live or work in close proximity to them. Our society has not found a middle ground, where some effort is made to treat a person who due to their own mental illness fails to recognize their own disease, while safeguarding their rights, and the public as well. At some point communities must stop ignoring this problem and enact laws that address this dilemma, or tragedies like this one will continue to appear in the news headlines.
Expert in traditional and alternative areas of hypnosis, subconscious behaviorist