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Suicide Murder in Florida - Mother and Son

Posted on the 09 November 2011 by Mikeb302000
AP reports on what at first sounds like something that only happens in Florida.  But, upon further consideration, that's not the case at all, is it?
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office says a 54-year-old man fatally shot his mother before turning the gun on himself.
An employee at a Winn Dixie in Brooksville called authorities to say 80-year-old Elizabeth "Bettie" Jacobson had not shown up for work Saturday. The employee asked for a deputy to check on Jacobson.
When deputies arrived, they had to force their way into the home because the front door was locked. That's when authorities say they found the body of Jacobson and her son, Phillip Hayden. 

The sheriff's office issued a release Sunday saying that a preliminary investigation shows that Hayden shot his mother with a handgun, killed two of her dogs and then killed himself.

What's your opinion? Do you think the gun availability in Florida may have contributed to this? Do you think anyone checked to see if he was a concealed carry permit holder? Does anyone know if he was a legal gun owner committing his first crime?
My contention is many times those details are lost in the tragedy and never counted.
What about drugs and alcohol, or perhaps mental illness, do you think any of those elements were involved? I'm asking because I find it difficult to understand his actions. I can understand killing the ex-wife over a bitter divorce and custody rights but killing your 80-year-old mom? I don't get that.
What do you think? Please leave a comment.

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