14. She would frequently talk about the apocalypse and various ways to kill herself, which definitely freaked me out.
“Not a relative, but I was an acquaintance of the victim and met their murderer several times. This girl I went to high school with always seemed nice and was super talented with the violin (this was an a performing arts school). We were never really friends, but I was close to a good friend of hers.
Her mother was extremely psychotic and had just divorced her husband. She would frequently talk about the apocalypse and various ways to kill herself, which definitely freaked me out. The mother didn’t seem to be super controlling or strict, but she was buying and hoarding pain medication. The one memory that really stands out to me is how she told my friend’s mother that she was planning on killing herself and her children to spite her husband. When Christmas break was over I heard about how she took a rifle and shot the girl, her brother, and herself… I was not surprised, but upset that none of us ever spoke up about the warning signs.”
15. He would only talk to coaches with biblical names, would only wear white, and even came out to a teammate that he believed he was the Messiah.
“I went to high school and played football with a guy who randomly killed a guy with a machete. He was honestly one of the nicest people I’ve met and really funny and genuine. He did have an odd home life. He lived with adopted parents but still had a relationship with his mom, who lived nearby. All of a sudden one day, she takes him back into custody and he doesn’t go to school with us anymore. This dude was insanely good at football, like NFL good. He played at Texas A&M for two seasons before freaking out, and running away from campus and dropping out of school. That was when things started getting weird. He then was in and out of jail for various charges, relating to drugs, grand theft auto, domestic disturbance. I remember one day I read an article in which his mom was saying how he was trying to play football again. Then about a year later, the next article I read said he randomly murdered a guy with a machete on a jogging trail and called the police on himself. He was just recently found unable to stand trial and is undergoing psychiatric treatment….Yes, there is a lot more to this story. There is an article that talks about how when he was at Texas A&M he would only talk to coaches with biblical names, would only wear white, and even came out to a teammate that he believed he was the Messiah.”
16. He was drunk most of the time and had a vicious temper when it came to his family only.
“Not a relative, but someone I knew well. I never in a million years believed he would be capable of what he did. One night he fought a man in front of two children (both under 5) and stabbed the guy in the chest and neck before gouging out his eyes. He then ran out of the house and broke into a neighbor’s covered in blood screaming about how he had killed someone. For me, in hindsight, I would say he was troubled. He was drunk most of the time and had a vicious temper when it came to his family only…but other than that, nothing. He was just a teenage boy, barely 18 when it happened.”