Disturbing News – California

CBS has reported a very bizarre triple homicide that, assuming it turns out to be accurate, is astounding.   The story goes like this…a husband and wife were going through a contentious divorce, with the most significant part of the case being that the husband felt like he should be entitled to a share of a piece of real estate that wife had inherited.  California law apparently is similar to Texas law in that the real estate was wife’s separate property and husband had no legal claim to it, due to the fact that it had been inherited by wife.

Apparently husband went out of his mind over what he perceived as the unfairness  of the situation and murdered his wife, her sister, and their aunt today, before turning the gun on himself and ending his own life.  The husband and wife leave behind two teenage children. As tragic and pointless as this story is, sadly it is not that uncommon.  I read one of these spouse kills spouse during divorce case stories at least a few times a year.  It is a shame but this is certainly not the first time it has happened.

Here is the part about this story that is utterly amazing to me.  The husband in this case was a marriage counselor! His job was to counsel people on how to work out their differences and behave properly and deal with sometimes difficult situations in healthy way.  I’m really absolutely stunned that someone in that profession could be capable of this kind of action.

If you have any thoughts on this please let me know them in the comment section below.

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Scott Morgan is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has practiced family law since 1994 and is the founder of the Morgan Law Firm which is dedicated exclusively to representing divorce and family law clients in the Houston and Austin areas.

2 Responses to Disturbing News – California

  • Michele Chambers says:

    Hi Scott,

    A lot of people go into the field of psychology (like myself) to help others. A lot of people (again like myself) go into it because of psychological issues they have dealt with in their lives. Psychologists, like lawyers, doctors, police, are fragile human beings just like everyone else. We’d like to think someone in their respective careers could carry their skills into the “real world”, but just because a person makes a living at it, doesn’t necessarily make them “good” at it.

    Other factors to consider: were drugs or alcohol involved? As we all know, such factors will always impair a person’s good judgement. I know I’d like to believe that Darren would not have taken his own life if alcohol hadn’t been involved.

    Just a few thoughts

  • Scott says:

    Very interesting comments Michele, I appreciate your thoughts. I also wonder about the drug/alcohol issue, it seems that these kinds of situations almost always involve one of the other. You are certainly right about people not always carrying themselves the way you might expect based on their profession. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.

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