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Alyssa Bustamante #2

There has been a lot of speculation around this case, and I have to admit being particularly interested in it.  I cannot say why.  There are bizarre criminal cases that seemingly pop up every day.  This one caught my attention.  Not just my attention, I’m borderline obsessed with it.

This case just involves so many social topics, it’s just plain fascinating.  How much does family dysfunction contribute to delinquency?  How much does Prozac contribute to homicidal behavior?  How could a 15 year old do such a thing?  The questions are seemingly endless.

The fact that this was a totally random (albeit planned) crime suggests that this girl is a sociopath.  She has been raised with a sense of right and wrong, she understands that killing is wrong.  The sense of desire to feel something greater than herself was just too strong.   This is a fundamental problem, and one with which I am not unfamiliar.  I was raised as a religious person, attended 12 years of Catholic school, and subscribed for quite a bit of it.  But the fact is, when you can’t count on your faith to pull you through, you need to start counting for yourself.  Familial problems, religious extremism, social invalidism, all contribute to this sense of hopelessness.  It’s a damn shame.  But, and this is a big BUT, if you take someone who is imbalanced from birth (this should be obvious) and subject them to the environmental problems that this girl endured, you’re bound to (at least some small percentage of the time) end up with this result.

Ms. Bustamante, in my opinion, is a reality.  A reality based on statistics.  At some point society creates this troubled person.  It’s a shame.  And although I believe that this girl is permanently damaged, I can’t help but feel a sense of sympathy for what she’s been through.  I, like I said before, raised in a catholic (and a good one at that) home and had all of the privileges of a middle-class upbringing.  I honestly can’t say that had I been subjected to the same lifestyle that I wouldn’t be a criminal.  It’s a scary thought, but something that always comes to mind when thinking about this tragedy.

I know that society in general is ready to hang this girl, but somewhere in my over-logical mind, I don’t think it’s the answer.

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November 20, 2009 Posted by | My Thoughts, The News | 2 Comments