It happened back in 2008. It isn’t the time but the circumstances that I wish to dwell on. This Michigan man brutally and purposely stabbed and cut the throats of his family before running away to India where he was finally caught and extradited for his crime. That he used a knife is not novel because there are many homocides that use knives. Rather, he had a masters degree in mathematics and was unemployed. We talk about illegals taking jobs away from Americans. We also talk about how financial issues push people to do some drastic things. Seems to be the case here. I don’t know if his wife brow-beat him to support the family. I don’t know if the kids expected all those vices available to Americans. I don’t know if he gambled or lost money in the stock market or lived too lavishly for his means. His defense focuses on finances being the cause. Other than his premeditated scheme to kill his family, I do believe he suffered from financial stress. It is an issue and there are many more stories out there like this. It can only get worse since those that work are at the breaking point of supporting those that don’t. Doing the right thing and trying to survive while the deck keeps getting stacked against you can flip a switch in your head. The economy has more ramifications than most people realize. We’ll see if this trend gains speed or gov’t comes back to reality.