Sociopath: A person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience. Individuals with this disorder have little regard for the feeling and welfare of others.
There are no words to express how I feel about the horrible crimes; Brian Wonsom committed towards Hanna Wheeling, a teacher at a youth facility.
I'm upset, but mostly puzzled; this is one of those cases that leave you speechless.
I didn't want to list the past crimes he's committed that led to this last murder, and there were several, but despite it all, I can't dismiss this young man as just another dude out of control.
I'm not giving Brian a pass, I just think Brian hasn't been wired right from day one. I can honestly say that had he been diagnosed earlier, maybe people could have been saved.
One person called him a sociopath. I'm not a doctor, so I'm not at liberty to diagnose him. I don't know the history of his upbringing' but it's very painful to read that starting at 13 years old, a young man could have created such a path of destruction and misery without any feelings about it all.
This is one of those times where the system not only failed Brian, but everyone that crossed Brian's path.
Here's one of those moments, while some of us are at the State Capital discussing budget cuts and program eliminations, that maybe we need to keep mental facilities open, have the necessary drugs available and accessible, and provide the best psychiatric care that our tax dollars can buy for those who need it. Maybe, just maybe, we need to put the needs of people who can't speak for themselves like Brian first.
Literally, lives depend on it.
Now, I'm speaking from experience. I had an uncle that Tinley Park & Jackson Park Hospitals would just dope up and sent back to my grandmother's house without any real medical instruction or direction.
At the time, I was young and visiting - I had no clue of his condition. During his schizophrenic rages, I just grabbed a baseball bat to protect my granny.
I would never excuse anyone when a crime is committed. I'm one of the biggest advocates when it comes to crime and swift punishment.
But for an individual to do the things that Brian did without remorse, he either needs the best mental care available or he's a damn good actor worthy of an Oscar and can plead insanity.