Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A Siblicide-Suicide

Followers of The View from Hell know a great deal about murder-suicide - characteristics of the typical shooter, the typical relationship between shooter and victim, etc. Enough to recognize how very, very strange this case of murder suicide is:
Pa. brother, sister die in apparent murder-suicide

YORK, Pa. - Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide of a brother and sister in south-central Pennsylvania.

Sgt. Rod Varner of the York Area Regional Police says the man was in his 50s and the woman in her 40s. Their names have not been released.

The bodies were found inside an apartment around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. The woman didn't show up for work at York Hospital, so a co-worker stopped by to check on her. The co-worker found the back door unlocked, discovered the bodies and called 911.

York County Coroner Barry Bloss says the deaths appear to be a murder-suicide , the two appear to have died of gunshot wounds sometime Sunday evening.

Bloss says there were no signs of a struggle inside the home. A gun has been recovered.

While filicide-suicide is fairly common, as is uxoricide-suicide and various combinations of the two, siblicide-suicide is nearly unheard of (thought it is almost certainly more common than stranger homicide-suicide). A murder-suicide happening at all in south-central Pennsylvania must be a very rare occurrence. But do the police in south-central Pennsylvania realize how very strange this particular murder-suicide is?

More details about the incident reveal that the situation of the shooter resembled a maternal filicide-suicide or paternal familicide-suicide in many ways, however:

David Stoner loved his sister, Kathy.

He protected and looked after his sister, who was mentally challenged. He made sure she made it to her job in food services at York Hospital.

But, according to neighbors, David Stoner was sliding deep into depression. He was angry and unhappy after losing his job as a mechanic about a year ago. He became more beaten down each day he could not find work.

The shooter's caretaking role toward his sister, coupled with the loss of his job, closely resemble the failed belonging/burdensomeness perceived by a suicide, and his relationship with his younger, disabled sister seems to be one that would clearly be a candidate for the proprietariness expressed by familicide-suicides.

2 comments:

  1. Depressing. I suppose it would be worse if it had been a neurotypical who was murdered, but I guess the mere presence of a retarded person made me glum.

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  2. do you really think that tggp....? :)

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