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Friday, November 24, 2006

Just a Little Help from Friends

It's becoming a tale that is all too familiar these days, as Kevin Leitch wrote in his post about the murder of Ulysses Stable—one more autistic child killed by a parent who saw him as nothing but a burden. But this story, as reported by Newsday.com, has an especially revolting twist to it:

The father also told police that his friends had encouraged him to kill his son, telling him the boy had no hope for getting better, sources said.

What has our world come to when a father tells his friends that he is having problems coping, and his friends' response, instead of advising him to talk to a therapist or a support group or a social worker, is to suggest killing the child?

After committing the murder, the father calmly turned himself in to the police and declared, "I have terminated the life of my autistic child."

I wonder if he expected to get a combat medal for bravely fighting the war on autism. Or maybe a job with an autism charity.

It's not surprising that these sick attitudes have spread throughout the United States so quickly, when you consider the sort of "friends" who have been relentlessly spreading the message in their videos and interviews and PSAs that autistic children are monsters ruining their parents' lives and that it is perfectly normal for parents to think about murdering them.

Now we see, once again, where it leads. There's another child's blood on your hands, Alison Tepper Singer and Autism Speaks.

When will it end?

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  • Wouldn't it be weird if Ulysses dad's friends all worked for Autism Speaks? Maybe "predictable" would be a better word.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:51 PM  

  • I prefer to think that george Bush murdered these kids by not taking steps to stop the epidemic.

    By Blogger John Best, at 4:56 PM  

  • Of course if Ulysses' dad had friends like Rescue Angel John Best, the advice would have been to chelate the boy for two years and he'll be completely non-autistic.

    If that doesn't work out, like it hasn't worked out for any of the children of Rescue Angels, by no means should you simply accept your child for who they are. That would equate to child abuse.

    By Blogger notmercury, at 5:14 PM  

  • NM; Some Rescue Angels DO have kids who are completely cured. There is no time limit on chelation that I'm aware of. My son's making progress. I'll bet Ulysses would have made progress too if given the chance. Thanks to the lies from George Bush and his flunkies in the CDC, we'll never know.

    By Blogger John Best, at 6:49 PM  

  • Were they Clinton's flunkies in the CDC when he was in office? I find it almost comical how after people starting voting Democrat again everything is the Republicans fault. Like no Democrats have any ties to Big Pharma or pushing for vacs? But then again rewritting history is not too unusual in the mercury only crowd.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:46 PM  

  • First, I don't think this is a USA thing. I think this is pretty much a common attitude world-wide, as evidenced by my murder page (which because I only speak English focuses on English language pages - when you compare English-speaking countries by population, the US is doing better than some, worse than others).

    And, even better than suggesting counsellors and social workers and such (not that I'd oppose that as an alternative to murder), they might have done things like made a few meals for the family or watched the child occasionally - practical help. But, that aside, friends or no friends, this murderer made the decision on his own and now needs to be held accountable.

    We'll see if he is held accountable or whether the fact that his victim had no social status lets him get off the hook.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:01 PM  

  • Anon; Most elected officials are equally corrupt, regardless of party affiliation.

    By Blogger John Best, at 8:20 PM  

  • With friends like that...???
    Yes, the fact that some parent's would rather have a dead child than an autistic child is very sad...
    Who knows what Ulysses had to endure before he was murdered by his father? We will never know.
    I cannot wait for the news report that reads....Parent's of autistic child(ren) embrace their uniqueness and brilliance. How amazing this family is for accepting their autistic child(ren)...
    One can only dream. Oh, wait...stay tuned..it may happen sooner than we think

    By Blogger Mom26children, at 10:22 PM  

  • Theres no way this is coincidence.

    I looked up the stats to send to news media that isn't forking with Autism Weeps and the Wrights over at NBC:

    3 murders of autistics in 2005.

    SIX so far SINCE that damn video came out.

    Lots and lots of blood on that green sweater, Ms. Singer.

    By Blogger Neurodivergent K, at 12:28 AM  

  • As much as I think that video was harmful, I'm not willing to say either (1) that the number of murders doubled or (2) that it's Autism Speaks' fault.

    These numbers are unreliable for scientific reporting, unless you have a better source than I do. In addition, I don't believe the change is statistically significant in the unreliable numbers. The numbers everyone has are pretty much limited to published news accounts - most murders of autistics never make it to the news.

    That said, Autism Speaks' video is awful, and harmful. I personally want to be *VERY* rational when it comes to the irrational acts of murder, because otherwise we are dismissed as kooks when it comes to one of the most serious issues we can deal with, one that we MUST be taken seriously on. So I error on the side of cold logic and hard facts, even though it grieves me deeply and I internally feel great outrage when I see these murders. (even if there was a statistical difference, I believe it could also be attributed to hundreds of other things)

    If I can't prove that something contributed to a murder, I'm not going to say that it did. The reason is that it's too easy to dismiss if I do say that, and too easy to dismiss my views about how awful this video is even if it doesn't actively cause parents to kill their kids.

    We have to be very careful when we talk about these things to stick with what we know, without oversensationalizing it. I do believe what we know is persuasive enough.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:30 AM  

  • There are alot of murders that dont make it into the statistics arent there?I mean Ive been aware for some time that T.V. shows often describe what may lead one to believe that autopsies and investigations are more typical than they are. Sometimes T.V.detective shows even describe how a person from a ghetto or a homeless persons murder is investigated when its not that common at all. Mainstrem mudrers also go uninvestgated or are poorly investiagted.
    I think that how that person is seen by society does effect what the public feels is important and that effects how a murder is handled.But we need to stick to the facts.Thats what I hear you saying, Joel.
    I also agree with your point, about sticking to what we know to prevent being dismissed by others because we are over sensationalizng things.
    Thats a good point. I need to keep that in mind.

    By Blogger Ed, at 11:41 AM  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:01 AM  

  • Mekei wrote:

    Another attorney wooed by ATS and AS. I'm not as eloquent as hub members and hoping one of you can steamroll this guy: autismbulletin.blogspot.com

    Mekei, my apologies, but I deleted your original link so as not to raise the google rank of a curebie blogger. Anyone who wants to visit his site can copy and paste the partial URL.

    My first impression is that he seems more reasonable than most of the curebie crowd; perhaps we can get some discussion going, rather than having to resort to the steamroller.

    I'll give it a try, anyway.

    By Blogger abfh, at 5:31 PM  

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