Thursday, October 20, 2011
Yet another Murder-Suicide Caused by Divorce
50 YEAR OLD MAN BEATS WIFE TO DEATH, SHOOTS TWO CHILDREN, COMMITS SUICIDE - WHILE DIVORCE WAS PENDING
Not even a week after the Seal Beach shootings (the murderer was involved in custody battle with ex-wife), comes another tragedy in Westchester, NY. Sam Friedlander (age 50), in the midst of divorce proceedings, beat his wife Amy (age 46) to death with a piece of furniture - a table leg. Sam then shot his two children (ages 10 and 8) to death, before he shot himself to death in his basement.
There are rumors about Amy being verbally abusive, emasculating Sam, for several years leading up to the tragedy. Sam was known to be a peaceful, no one could ever have predicted this.
Why does this happen? For an insightful article, see Why Do We Hurt the Ones we Love, by my dear friend Diana Mercer.