Last week another violent horror story made national news, and once again, there’s a marijuana connection. Dakota Theriot, a 21-year-old from Louisiana, allegedly killed his parents, his girlfriend and her father and brother. A sheriff called the Dakota Theriot case an “extremely horrific example of failed mental health system.” Five people died, but the violent outbreak follows a pattern of family murders linked to pot use and mental illness.
As parents, we’re trying to distinguish between normal teenage behaviors and warning signs of real danger. As a society, we are trying to figure out the triggers for abhorrent behaviors in order to prevent tragedies such as Skylar Neese’s murder.
A family friend of Rachel Shoaf, who had known her since she was an infant, was shocked that the teen with ‘potential, morals’ turned into a murderer. Marijuana is the single influence that — if taken out of the picture — could have prevented this tragedy. Continue reading
(Read Part 1 and Part 2) On July 6, 2012, three years ago today, Skylar Neese was brutally murdered by the two girls who had been her best friends freshman year of high school. The three girls began smoking pot together 21 months earlier. Shelia Eddy was quite depressed, but wild and rebellious. Her stepfather bought her a car which she used when sneaking out at night to smoke pot.
In early 2013, before she stopped using Twitter, Shelia Eddy posted several tweets about getting stoned. Prophetically, she even stated: “this generation is fucked. imagine what it’ll be like when our kids have kids.” Isn’t she referencing the damage to young brains on pot? Continue reading
Why did Shelia Eddy and Rachel Shoaf kill Skylar Neese on July 6, 2012? Authors Daleen Berry and Geoffrey C. Fuller explored the shocking incident in Pretty Little Killers, a New York Times bestseller. The book come to no definite conclusions why two 16-year-old girls from West Virginia would brutally murder another friend, but marijuana is a constant theme from beginning to end. Marijuana, pot and/or weed, is mentioned 36 times in the book.
The authors had been given access to Skylar’s journals and writings, looking for clues as to how and why such an event could happen. Continue reading