That is a fact. We have known it for thousands of years. Some crazy people use guns, some use knives, some use bludgeons, and some of them think up severely sick ways to kill. Erika Menendez pushed a man to his death in front of a speeding train.
The New York Times has an article about her and her actions. It is sympathetic to her. It calls her ‘Troubled’.
The case of Ms. Menendez, 31, puts renewed attention on a mental health system that is a loose amalgam of hospitals, supported housing, shelters and other advocacy and support groups, in which mentally ill people often bounce from one to the other and ultimately fall through the cracks. It is not known precisely where she fit in.
City officials said it would be misleading to conclude that anyone was at fault in her treatment.
“People get well and then they get sick again,” Ana Marengo, a spokeswoman for the city’s Health and Hospitals Corporation, which runs Bellevue and Elmhurst Hospital Centers, said Sunday. Ms. Menendez had been treated at both hospitals, according to friends and law enforcement officials.”
So. It’s no one’s fault. Certainly not Menendez’. There is no call to ban trains or to put up guard rails to protect innocents from crazy people. If she had used a gun or a knife it would have been the fault of the gun or knife – not hers.
Here we see society once again transferring blame for a murder away from the perpetrator. This has been going on for a long time now and it is one of the reasons why we have more crazy people killing other people. A society that refuses to acknowledge that there are sick people who will harm other people is a sick society.