Each case of murder-suicide is different, but the recent crimes beg the question: What would drive a person to harm loved ones?
Forensic psychologist Dr. Frank Colistro said no one just snaps, but rather, there is a process that a person goes through before an act of violence. The process involves creating a fantasy of harming a spouse to solve a problem – like constant criticism. Colistro said the fantasies desensitize the violence to make the behavior seem less extreme.
"The trouble with that process is every time we engage in those fantasies we take one step further toward actually doing the act," Colistro said.
Colistro isn't commenting on the recent violence this week, but stressed education about the warning signs and said to take threats of violence seriously regardless of whether a person seems incapable of a serious crime.
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