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Thursday, June 30, 2005

It Wasn't The Child, It Was The Knife

BBC News reports how a "perfect child" in England stabbed his parents to death and went on a shopping spree with their credit cards. Brian Blackwell, 19, stabbed his father Sydney, 72, and mother Jacqueline, 61, at their home in Melling, Merseyside, Liverpool Crown Court was told. A great student, he had obtained A grades in his maths, chemistry, biology and Spanish A levels and was accepted into Nottingham University.

While all evidence clearly proves he did the killing, there is hope for the kid. Shrinks say he suffers "narcissistic personality disorder". Blackwell's personality disorder meant he fantasized about unlimited success, power and brilliance.

So he has a disorder that may save him from the crumpet slicer. His problem is that he feels too good about himself. That high self-esteem will get you every time.

If he is freed on a successful psych defense, let's hope he is taught to cope with his acts and not feel too responsible for his parents "tragedy".

Said a detective on the case:

"Throughout this investigation we have found almost overwhelming evidence of two caring parents who doted on their son Brian and had ambitions only for him to fulfil his undoubted potential."

Well, he did. And if only they were alive to see it.

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