I think, Jerry, to draw the conclusion that the Freeman boys committed patricide due to their religion is not looking at the whole picture. I will agree that had the Freemans belong to another religion that was not so highly controlling and they could follow-up with their sons needed mental and chemical treatment, things may have turned out differently. Early interventions in psychopathic personalities sometimes work.
I agree with Larc that Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder are genetic as well as I believe chemical dependency. So I object to you asserting that psychosis is more prevalent in the Witness culture and then site the Freemans as an example without documenting David's multiple admissions for rehabilitation for alcohol and chemical dependencies or as one of his psychiatrists, Dr. Carol Lynn Crutchley had reported him as "high risk for the future development of anti-social personality disorder. Prognosis was very guarded. David Freeman does not have empathy for others." As Fred Rosen then said "a classic psychopath does not feel guilt, does not feel what it is like to be someone else"... ( Blood Crimes pg 124-125)
David and Bryan had more problems than just their religious upbringing that led them to the horrendous murders. But I will agree that their religious upbringing and the high control effect of the witnesses contributed to them easily turning to the skinhead group and committing hate crimes.
Thank you for clarifying your thoughts here, Jerry. I hope to hear more from you.
j2bf (of the not everything is black and white class)
ps, you added your last comment while I was posting. I agree with "a component was genetic but a critical factor was the environment".
Edited by - joy2bfree on 2 September 2002 20:20:56