Perhaps I’ve become jaded. Usually when I see stories in the newspaper about parents killing their children, my first reaction is to think the parents are sociopaths, and that any claim of “hearing voices” is simply a ruse to escape blame. But some people are, in fact, deranged, and perhaps Jamina Briggs is one of those people.
A short news clip published on Friday stated that Jamina Briggs was fatally charged with stabbing her two young sons, and had previously been arrested for domestic violence and prostitution. Violence plus partner abuse plus indiscriminate sex often add up to sociopathy.
But then I researched this story some more. Briggs called the cops herself after killing her children, and when they arrived, she literally had blood on her hands. A neighbor said she made strange comments, believing “somebody was talking about her all the time.” She chased her boyfriend with a butcher knife, and when he fled to a different house, she stabbed the wooden door multiple times. In another incident, Briggs attacked her mother and bit her in the face.
Stabbing a door? Biting a face? Sociopaths are usually more controlled in their violence.
So perhaps this woman is not faking insanity — she really is crazy. Unfortunately, our society is no longer set up to deal with violent people like her, and two boys are dead.
2 boys fatally stabbed, mother charged in Memphis, on KnoxNews.com.
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