I saw the transcript of the Dr. Phil show regarding Erin Caffey who is serving a lot of prison time because two men and a woman killed her family off. I have to say that I fail to understand how a child can persuade adults to do such a crime unless the adults were of those kinds who should have been institutionalized long ago.
I don’t doubt that she knew that the three adults would enter the parent’s house but I doubt that she was planning to kill her entire family. The three adults bear the full responsibility.
However that is not what did shock me the most. It seems that several people in the community knew that this tragedy was about to happen. The police interviewed several students at the local highschool who have heards talks of the planning. I hope that if my children overhear classmates talking about killing their parents they would approach either me or teachers so the parents would have warned and the authorities could have made precautions to avoid such a tragedy. There are no excuses not to take such talks seriously. This tragedy could have been stopped if only one of the classmates had come forward with their knowledge before the crime happened. I hope that they realize that they will have to live with the fact that a family was destroyed because they neglected their responsibility.
It takes a village to raise a child.
Conclusion of this show must be that it also takes a village to create such a tragedy.
A Family Slaughtered for Teen Love: The Convicted Daughter Speaks Out (The Dr. Phil Show)