It is often said that the truth is stranger than fiction. At first, it may appear as though the bizarre case of murderous teenager Daniel LaPlante is something straight from a Hollywood horror story, given the extraordinary events which took place. Indeed, the case of Danny LaPlante has evolved over the years into something of urban legend-like status. Some reports state that the incidents which occurred between 1986 and 1987 have since been embellished for the purposes of dramatization, however, just as many reports state that certain events played out in the ghoulish entirety which the case has come to be known for.
Daniel Laplante (Danny LaPlante)
Daniel LaPlante holds a rare prestige in the annals of true crime. It is not the murders for which LaPlante was responsible for which provided him his infamy, but the nightmarish events which preceded them, despite no lives being lost in the process. Much in the same way Ed Gein is known as a ghoulish grave-robber which skinned the corpses of already-deceased women, it is Daniel LaPlante’s pre-murder behaviour which awarded him his folk-devil appeal. His later murders would be the events which placed him in the public eye, to which his dark past then came to light.
The Daniel LaPlante case is a tale of jealousy, delusion, desperation, and misplaced affection, resulting in the loss of three innocent lives. In addition, LaPlante is responsible for the intense traumatization of several other victims, in a series of bizarre acts which would even sound too farfetched for fiction.
Born in 1970 in Townsend, Massachusetts, Daniel LaPlante suffered a traumatic childhood as one could imagine. While very little is known in regards to the specific details of his upbringing (LaPlante was a minor during his first run-in with the law, meaning many details were kept anonymous), LaPlante suffered sexual and psychological abuse at the hands of multiple adults in his life. LaPlante’s father was the individual who administered the majority of his son’s punishments, allegedly tormenting him physically, emotionally and sexually on a regular basis.
LaPlante’s troubled upbringing affected every aspect of his young life. He struggled with school, both academically and socially, in addition to being diagnosed with dyslexia from an early age. He had very few friends throughout his school days, with most of his classmates at North Middlesex High School referring to him as creepy or weird. In his early teenage years, LaPlante was referred by school officials to a psychiatrist due to his abnormal behaviour and general reluctance towards his appearance, hygiene and self-improvement.
This particular incident could have been a turning a point in young LaPlante’s life if not for the tragic circumstances which arose. It was here that LaPlante was diagnosed with hyperactivity disorder – something which didn’t mesh well with his already-deteriorating mental state as a result of his troubled home and school life. His relationship with the psychiatrist eventually took a dark turn when the psychiatrist made sexual advances towards LaPlante. Then, for the following year, the psychiatrist sexually abused LaPlante during their sessions – something which no doubt left a lasting impact on LaPlante’s psyche. Like his father before him, this was a gentleman who had been trusted to care for LaPlante, but instead added another layer of grief to his already-painful existence.
In his early teens, LaPlante established himself as a small-time thief. He spent his evenings breaking into people’s properties in the Townsend area and stealing their valuables. As his burglary skills increased, so did his desire for torment. By age 15, he was breaking into people’s homes and not only taking their possessions, but also leaving behind items in his wake. He would also move items around in people’s homes in such a way that it was clear someone had entered their property, but not so much that it was immediately obvious. Eventually, he was invading people’s homes purely for the purposes of playing mind games with the owners.
In 1986, Danny LaPlante set in motion the series of events which he would be forever known for. LaPlante had obtained the phone number of a family’s address in the local area. It is likely that he burgled the house at some point and somehow retrieved the telephone number, although this is unconfirmed. The house belonged to a family of three – a father and his two daughters.
The daughters, Annie Andrews and Jessica Andrews – both similar ages to LaPlante – began to converse with Danny via phone. LaPlante told them he had been given their number by a friend who went to the same school as them, and that he was a good-looking, athletic, blonde, well-educated boy who also lived in the area. Annie Andrews and Danny LaPlante became well acquainted after several phone calls, and so arranged to go out on a date one evening.
When LaPlante arrived at Andrews’ doorstep, Andrews was shocked to discover that the boy she had been conversing with was the opposite of who he said he was. Instead of the athletic jock-type boy she was expecting, her blind date was a dishevelled, greasy, dark-haired boy with no attractive features whatsoever. Regardless, Andrews let LaPlante take her to the local fair. After just over an hour together, Andrews made her excuses and returned home.
It was during their date that LaPlante discovered that Annie and Jessica Andrews had recently lost their mother to cancer, leaving only their father to care for them. LaPlante allegedly took great interest regarding the details of Annie’s mother’s death – much more so than simple curiosity allowed for. Annie later claimed that it seemed as though LaPlante was obsessed with the death of her mother, continually questioning her on how she felt at the moment she died and how much she suffered.
Annie didn’t willingly see LaPlante again following their date, however, she would later discover him again under circumstances which almost defy explanation.
One evening, Annie and her sister attempted to contact their deceased mother by performing a séance in their basement. They performed it purely out of teenage naivety, not really expecting anything to come from it.
However, the same evening, Jessica and Annie received a rhythmic knocking against their bedroom walls as they slept. Amazingly, it appeared as though the girls’ séance was successful. In the dead of the night, the two girls spoke to the unseen force as though they were talking to their mother one more time. They asked the spirit questions, to which it replied via knocks against the wall. It seems that the girls had truly uncovered a supernatural force at work.
This continued for several evenings until the knocking became so regular that it disturbed the girls’ sleep. Over time, objects in the house began to disappear. Items which were laid out on a table one day would find themselves strewn across the floor the next. The girls would come home to find furniture moved from one side of the room to the other. Eventually, Jessica and Annie believed they were being haunted by a malevolent demon, not the spirit of their mother as they had originally believed.
The girls’ father, Brian Andrews, believed that it was the girls themselves who were causing havoc in their own home. The girls claimed to him that they believed they had unknowingly allowed a vengeful ghost into their home, but Brian refused to believe such absurdity could be real. Instead, he highlighted the fact that his daughters were emotionally struggling with the death of their mother.
One evening in January 1987, the strange knocking had begun while Jessica and Annie were alone in their front room. At this point, the constant tapping had become so commonplace that it was driving the girls to insanity. This particular evening, however, it seemed that the noises were not coming from the walls, but from the basement.
Armed with a kitchen knife, the two girls warily made their way towards the source of the noise. As they crept down below their house, they were greeted with an ominous sight. Written in blood red on the basement wall was the message: “I’m in your room. Come and find me”.
The girls fled the house without hesitation and called upon the assistance of a neighbour. They waited for their father to return home and told him of what they discovered. Brian Andrews, again believing that it was his daughters who were responsible for the defacement of his basement walls, ordered Annie and Jessica to undergo counselling to help them cope with what he believed was the source of their struggling mental state – the grief of losing their mother.
Several weeks later, a similar incident played out but with even more bizarre results. Again, the girls heard knocking sounds, but this time they came from behind Annie’s bedroom wall. When the two girls entered, again, they were greeted with a message written in blood red on the wall: “I’m back. Find me if you can”.
The aftermath played out the same as before, with Brian Andrews placing the blame solely on Annie and Jessica. The girls had called him from a neighbour’s house to come home, and when he did, marched straight into his home to prove there was no one else inside. However, when Brian entered the house, he noticed that there had been further disarray than what his neighbour and the girls had previously claimed. It then became apparent that someone had been inside the house when Brian, the girls and their neighbour were all assembled elsewhere.
Brian entered Annie’s room alone. There, an additional message had been painted on the wall: “Marry me”.
Then, on the other side of the room, Brian was greeted with an even more unnatural sight. A young boy stood dressed in the clothing of Brian’s deceased wife. He was wearing her make-up, a dress and blonde wig. In one of his hands was a hatchet.
The young boy was Danny LaPlante.
A struggle ensued but LaPlante was able to escape. Brian recalls being dumbfounded at the way LaPlante was able to seemingly disappear from sight without much effort. When the police were called in to investigate later the same evening, it became clear why LaPlante was able to vanish so suddenly.
After discovering that each message had been written in ketchup, local police searched the house for clues of how LaPlante may have been able to access the house in the first place. One officer found a hidden crawlspace behind a cupboard which was built into the wall of Annie Andrews’ bedroom. When the officer opened the hatch, he discovered Danny LaPlante curled up inside.
The officers removed LaPlante from the crawlspace and placed him under arrest.
Once LaPlante had been removed from the scene, officers conducted a thorough search of the LaPlante residence. To their horror, they discovered that LaPlante had been living inside the walls of their home. The passageway which they discovered LaPlante in had been tunnelled around to other areas of the house. There were a handful of peep-holes dotted around so that LaPlante could observe Annie Andrews from whichever room she was in.
It became clear that Danny LaPlante had been pretending to be the ghost of Annie and Jessica’s mother in order to torment them. It is believed that LaPlante was planning on revealing himself to the girls whilst dressed as their dead mother, whether to genuinely pass himself off as her spirit or whether to terrify them remains unknown, however it was likely the latter. The fact he was wielding a hatchet at the time also suggests that Annie and Jessica Andrews made a lucky escape that night.
Danny LaPlante’s Murders
For the following year, Danny LaPlante was placed into a juvenile facility where he remained until October 1987. Almost immediately following his release, LaPlante returned to his life of burglary. During one of his robberies in November of the same year, LaPlante obtained two handguns from a neighbour’s house.
On December 1st 1987, LaPlante broke into Gustafson family home, around half a mile from LaPlante’s own family residence. There, LaPlante was greeted by pregnant Priscilla Gustafson, 33 and her two young children – Abigail and William.
Priscilla’s husband, Andrew Gustafson, was at work when LaPlante invaded his home, and upon returning was met with the most harrowing sight of his life.
Andrew discovered Priscilla laying face-down on her bed, her pillows dyed red with blood spatter. She had been raped by Danny LaPlante and then shot multiple times in the head at point-blank range. Andrew Gustafson called the police, who then discovered the bodies of Andrew’s two children in two different bathtubs. Five-year-old William had been drowned in the upstairs bathroom, while eight-year-old Abigail had endured a similar fate in the downstairs bathroom.
LaPlante’s exact modus operandi in this murder remains unknown. Given that LaPlante’s actions progressed rapidly from burglary to full scale murder when he was in possession of a weapon suggests that he didn’t possess the confidence or physical strength to subdue his victims by hand. In addition, a handful of items which double as restraints were found in the Gustafson household. This prompts the theory that LaPlante forced his way into the residence and held his victims at gunpoint while he restrained them. He likely killed Priscilla Gustafson first to remove the biggest threat, then drowned the children one by one.
It didn’t take long for authorities to link the Gustafson family murder with Danny LaPlante. Police sought to apprehend him, but found that LaPlante had since fled the area. A manhunt quickly ensued.
LaPlante was considered to be armed and incredibly dangerous. Given LaPlante’s history, there was no telling what lengths he might go to to avoid detection. A few towns over from Townsend, LaPlante broke into a woman’s home and kidnapped her in her vehicle. The woman escaped, but LaPlante was spotted by someone who had seen his photograph on the news. Danny LaPlante was discovered hiding in a dumpster 48 hours after the manhunt for him began. When he was inspected, a hair belonging to Abigail Gustafo was discovered on his sock, cementing LaPlante’s involvement in her murder.
A year later, Danny LaPlante was sentenced to three life sentences for the murder of the Gustafson family.
Since his incarceration, Danny LaPlante has shown little remorse for his actions. While clearly suffering from a multitude of personality disorders, LaPlante continues to show that he is a broken man beyond repair. From the years of 1988 to 2014, LaPlante attempted to sue the courts multiple times for violation of his rights. In one case, he claimed that the prison system violated his religious rights as he was allegedly a practicing Satanist. Therefore, LaPlante claimed that he required sufficient materials in order to carry out certain Satanic rites but had been denied by prison officials.
In 2017, however, it seems that Danny LaPlante may have finally come to terms with his actions. While appealing for a reduced sentence, LaPlante made the statement:
“I do not have the words to fully express my profound sorrow. But I am truly sorry for the harm I have caused. From the very essence of who I am, from the depth of my soul, I am sorry.”
Are these the words of a man who truly regrets his actions? Or are these the words of a manipulative, deluded monster willing to anything to be awarded freedom?
Fortunately, LaPlante’s appeal was denied, and will therefore spend the rest of his life in jail with no chance of early release.
LaPlante’s final victim, Andrew Gustafson, passed away in 2014 so wasn’t around to hear of his family’s killer being banished to life imprisonment for good. However, upon his deathbed, Gustafson allegedly claimed: “Don’t ever let him out. He should rot in prison.”
What little achievement it may be, it seemed that Andrew Gustafson got his wish.
Danny LaPlante was featured in Season 2, Episode 1 of Investigation Discovery’s Your Worst Nightmare series, Episode ‘Bump in the Night’. You can watch the episode on Amazon.com.
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Danny was my neighbor and on my bus I knew he was unstable I would try to talk to him but that was even uncomfortable to do, sad and painful for his actions,he doesn’t deserve to see the light if day ever
Any idea why he chose her specifixally?
Chris Murphy says
I was in College and had a Saturday courier route that went thru that area of Groton, Ayer, Townsend, etc. I had a weekly delivery to the Lumber Yard in Ayer who’s dumpster he was found in. Was so intrigued by this tragedy. To answer your question, LaPlante lived thru the woods from his victims and there was a path that connected their neighborhoods so it probably was the easiest crime for him. I believe he had prior contact with the Mrs. Gustafson as well…..perhaps some infatuation toward her. He cannot be let free.
Mrs gustafson was tuToring him for his GED ad part of his REHABILITATION and release. Danny became obsessed with her, stalking and robbing her house several times. While she had no direct proof, She ended the tutoring arrangement. It was that was the breaking poiNt to him committing the atRocity against mrs gustsfsOn and her CHILDREN. You can consider this accuraTe info. I was thf next door neighbor of thr gustafsons and BabYsitter to the kids.
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Shane m Hickey says
Yes be he was brea into houses in the area and bad luck she shows up when hes inside he stole the gun from another neighbors house. He hid in my barn dur the manhunt and i later discussed the enTire two cases with him in prison. I lived this and then lived with him 28 years later
Don’t even try and blame that shit on a spell check
Where was HIS PARENTS? Were They CHARGED as unfit parents?
Shane m Hickey says
No they still visit him once a month at Mci norfol prison
Johanna romero says
when children grow up being abused by family members sexually, emotionally and ,physically, family who supposed to protect you, love you, , this is the product you the parents created. kids that become burglars and later graduate to become killers . maybe it’s time society takes notice practice prevention, family, the courts etc remove children from an enviroment of abuse, asap, before its to late.
Scott Norman Rosenthal says
I grew up in a dysfunctional family. I myself was unstable, due to a serious neuro-metabolic disability. Thus, Neuro-diverse and with an Invisible Disability. The only thing that worked eventually, was Alternative Medicine, based in diet and exercise.
Placement outside the home would have been futile without the dietary and exercise regimen.
(not sure why my reply is in all caps. My caps lock is not on. Just know this is meant as a regular reply.)
I really don’t think the problem here was lack of a good diet and exercise. This kid had a lot of problems, and kept having them. If the counselor had helped him instead of adding to his difficulties, he may have turned out okay. i. e., not a murderer.
identifying an abusive home isn’t simple. abusers are experts at hiding their sins. but yes, his parents should have been reported as soon as it was discovered. though how much good this would have done in a small town in the 80s is anyone’s guess…
So if Danny laplante would have eaten his veggies he wouldn’t have killed these ppl?
You think so? I was viciously abused by my parents from the age of 12 until 16. 4 long years of incredible mental and physical abuse. Ended up in the hospital from their beatings. I tried to commit suicide and was put into mental hospitals. Everyone said it was my fault. There were terrible things I had to deal with…Being on the street because I was kicked out of my home, scars all over my body from their beatings, my back broken from my alcoholic step-father. But do you know what happened? When I was 16 years old and finally taken away from them, I became a ward of the state. I was given the opportunity to fix my life, and I did it…by myself. I was put into special classes outside of the other students because I was constantly bullied and beat up by other kids. I finished high school and the state offered me a chance to attend a technical school… of which I graciously accepted. I was also working at a Burger King where my boss would by me lunch every day while I did my homework during breaks. I survived… I didn’t turn to crime, I didn’t want to kill anyone. I was smart enough to know what was right and what was wrong. maybe it is by the good grace of God that I found a different way…But my point is that just because someone is abused…doesn’t mean they will turn into the same ‘product’ of society.
Joe turner says
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Joe Turner says
Sorry about the caps. I’m not sure what happened there!
Shane m Hickey says
If you are call me he hid in my barn Spoke to us at the bus stop and then i grew up with his br and ended up with danny in prison i know every detail you could ever want 9782013811
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Thomas Lane says
My name is Tom Lane, and I was the Pepperell Lt. that led the Pepperell search that day. I was the cop that entered the home at the request of the female owner, only to find Laplante was upstairs waiting for us with a 16-ga. shotgun. He jumped out of a window and fled instead. I was also on the scene when the female hostage jumped out of the vehicle screaming, and her info to me led to his arrest in Ayer. I testified to the Grand Jury on that entire day and have the GJ minutes and my several page police report. Contact me if you feel my info could be of help in your book.
you are ABSOLUTELY correct. they should have sentenced him to death in my OPINION, he is going to kill again.
Gradiva Jensen says
Don Davidson says
Wow, you actually knew the guy?!
Why was he ever let out after only one year of juvy?
Shannon Horton says
His mother and father and psychiatric counselor should be all in jail for life for what they did to that child. They are the ones that created that monster. If you Google the case you read all the stuff that those people did to him and every one of them sexually molested him. No wonder why he was creepy and an outcast said no wonder why he turned to but like he did. Doesn’t give him the right to do what he did and he doesn’t deserve to see the light of day but neither do any of those people that harm him while he was growing up.
Julie McGee says
I completely agree with you, Shannon. Too many times we hear that the killer was a victim of severe physical, mental, or sexual Abuse. It doesn’t excuse the Crime, but there needs to be some kind of Accountability. I personally know of A child who was horribly beaten by both of his parents, they Took turns whipping HIM, this was a time before child protective SERVICES. Now, as an adult, he is in Jail for underage rape. His parents are Alive and well and I can only hope their punishment is still waiting for them.
What is the name of the psychiatrist that abused him?
Honestly they should be in jail too but lots of people get abused their whole lives & dont murder anyone. Danny is a evil disgusting person for what he did to that poor woman & her children. There is no excuse. If he had murdered his rapist, I wouldn’t care. But he murdered an innocent woman, her unborn baby & her two small children. he is gross.
Townsend Girl says
Danny was in my first grade class and was a creepy DELINQUENT way back then. He was always saying inappropriate things, stole items from other students’ desks, and was always in trouble. He was in the LOWEST READING group. He was held back a year and i would get creeped out if i ever saw him at school with his class. I caught a glimpse of his parents once or twice and they seemed very odd and angry/stoic and the dressed like they were from the 50s or 60s. It frightens me that he Could ever be released.
Nyc teacher says
What’s wrong with being in the lowest readiNg group? I’m not sure why you had to emphasize that in all caps. Clearly he had no support at home and a lot of other issues going on inteRnally. No one should ever treat people with academic struggles as lower than them or use it For proof of their delinquency.
I agree with you (ignore caps)
Stephanie Johnson says
Low academic performance is an early indicator of future issues including criminal activity. There was a study done that showed if you don’t know how to proficiently read on grade level by 3rd grade you have a 70% chance of committing a crime. Perhaps that is what the poster was REFERRING to.
Sunshine Sawyer says
Thanks for this response to that comment. ?
He also had dyslexia. So being in the “lowest reading group” was probably due to his disability, not his intelligence.
rhonda bucklin says
This individual should never be released from prison..I agree that somewhere during his young life adults failed him…it is sad and breakes my heart…the family has lost life..he should not have a chance at his in public..
e toomey says
I lived next door to the family LaPlante held hostage and I was their deceased mothers best friend. Their real names were never revealed to the public and it was 14 & 7 year old daughters and a live in girlfriend of the oldest daughter that was being haunted. What he did was horrific to this family who was suffering the lost of their mother and even more evil what he did to the Gustafson family. His childhood is no excuse for his behavior, these people are just predisposed to evil acts and he needs to be kept in prison for life.
Can u imagine reading an article about a boy who was abused all his life, doing horrible things and then saying he was predisposed?
I hope no one you know is ever abused in any way because you obviously would judge them instead of helping. SMh.
I agree . He was born into a HArd life and the end result was sure to happen. Very sad indeed
There are some people that simply cannot be rehabilitated and this is a prime example. He does not care about what he has done, just getting out to do it again as that is his true desire. you cannot kill innocent children after ra**ng and kil**ng their pregnant mother, claiming you have “learned”. At any point he could have stopped, but he had to go and murder children?!?…no!…no, no, no!. we actually do have evil in this world and no amount of therapy will change most of them, so yes, he is lucky prison will be the only punishment he gets, as his victims unfortunately did not get to live out their life like he will, period!. *sorry for the caps, my caps is not on*
No, I dont believe anyone is predisposed to be evil, often times it is severe childhood trauma or abuse, and never given a chance to break that!
e toomey says
To answer you Chey, yes I do know someone who was abused and molested that was my life as a child. I didn’t grow up to hurt anyone, many children who have been abused suffer from PTSD like I did but grow up to have a normal life. knowing how terrible parents and people can be so yes some people are just born evil and decide to use their anger on innocent people. If he terrorized or killed your family would you still feel sorry for him. He knew just what he was doing.
An explanation is not an excuse, its a way of SHOWING how things go wrong with the brain, PARTICULARLY a growing brain.
Mixed messages: nobody to trust, thinking that What is happening to you during rape (PARTICULARLY by multiple adults) and violence is normal human behaviour will cause problems that you can work through if you are wired correctly But – if you have additional special needs it will result in abhorrent behaviour.
Nothing about this child souNds normal and i’d guess he has multiple and complex mental adult health problems.
He would be an interesting Academic study but he’s no doubt had enough to conteNd with through life. I have no sympathy for him as a murderer and torturous individual but i UNDERSTAND how thIs came to be.
Apologies if there are any caps, i was unable to turn them off!
in My family, There was 5 of us children , “abused , EMOTIONALLY and physically …. regularly, As well as oUr mother.” Our father – He was a cruel , evil , controlling, frightening man. The Things we endured were horriFic … 0 out of The 5 of Us have been arrEsted- 0 Out of The 5 of us have HARMED another person . We lived in hell . We did not become it. Laplante needs to stay in prison. “He” made the chOices that got him there .
I do not know Why some words are in caps ,Or why some words are in part caps ? As i typed this it was all caps ? EMOTIONALLY and PHYSICALLY should equally be capitalized In my comment .
I read so many times about someone who killed someone, they have a bad Past. There are so many people who had a similar life but didn’t kill. We need to stop with blaming it on the childhood. It’s in somebody or it’s not. There are enough killers, who didn’t had a similar past and choose to Kill. We will never know why someone is taking the step to actually doing it. To me it looks more that people need a answer to understand why it happens. He made the choice to be in that house and torture those girls with the death of their mother and made the choice to kill that woman an 2 children. Therefore there is life sentence and it should be life sentence. He most never be released into society!
I feel for him, but I agree he should be kept locked up.
I think not everyone being abused has to become a killer but if you already have predispostions in your mind it forces you to get so disturbed to find this is your only way to live on.
I too grew up in an abusive home – no one cared and all neighbours new it. I felt like a total failure for long time – my Dad told me every day.
I suffered some mental problems from it but me too made it mostly on my own. Around 30 I found a wonderful psychiatrist who worked with me and I grow up and somewhat healed. Later on I suffered 2 burnouts from the constant forcing my brain and body to live to the expectations of others. I am now part time disabled but can still work a halftime job. Somehow I also found a cool husband and life is as ok as possible. It will never be a bed of roses but I guess this it isn’t for most of the people.
I don’t know of I fully believe this whole story. I lived 3 houses from Danny Laplants HOUSE at the time of the murders. If he had walked by me on his way to the corner store, I wouldn’t have known who he was. I recognized his older sister who was the same age as my girls. After the murders I made sure my doors were locked but I was afraid to enter my house while He was on the run. It was a very scary time in Townsend. It was also ANNOYING HAVING newspaper reporters knock on our doors asking questions. More ANNoying were the tv reporters who iNVADed our quiet TOWn sticking a microphone in people’s FACEs asking questions. We all BREATHED a sigh of relief when he was finally caught. The TOWNsend police and the state police were WONDERFUL throughout this whole ordeal.
My aunt babysat him and his brother a few times. We lived across the street from him.
this is such a sad situation. I lived in townsend and had no idea this happened, but the abuse doesnt mean he lost all free will. a lot of that behavior is premeditated and intentional, and i know plenty of kids who were abused and behind ACADEMICALLY. He may have not known of right and wrong, but this may have been his only way to express his emotions within his logic. There sure as hell should be charges against his parents and counselor because things could have gone differently for those he murdered and terrorized if society did what it’s meant for: protect people.
There is loads of corruption in townsend and town hall, and its no surprise if it was gonna happen by being ignored, it would be there. After all, a good police chief (Eaton) was outsted for having ptsd because he found 3 members of town hall who closed the doors on a democratic meeting with the public were getting $ from the kindermorgan pipe line…when people were voting no on kindermogran to get imminant domain of their properties.
One of the people involved happened to be my social worker and she ws useless and just told me to pay my taxes when i was suicidal and being harassed at work and wanted help getting back on medications. it was an immense breach of trust and i had no idea it happened in town before with a sexual abuse situation.