Connecticut Copycat

Inspired by the Connecticut killer (courtesy of AP)

A day after one of the deadliest school shootings in American history, the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut that left 20 children and six adults dead, we have our first “wannabe,” copycat killer.

Yesterday in Cedar Lake, Indiana, police arrested 60-year-old Von Meyer for threatening to kill people at Jane Ball Elementary School, which lies only 1,000 feet from Meyer’s home. They initially responded to a call from Meyer’s wife after her husband threatened to set her on fire once she fell asleep.

After Meyer was arrested and charged, investigators searched his home and found 47 weapons valued at more than $100,000. Many of them were collector’s items. And yes, there was plenty of ammunition, too.

Meyer has now been charged with a string of felonies and misdemeanors, including intimidation, domestic battery and resisting arrest. Authorities contacted the elementary school and heightened security there, but are also holding Meyer without bond until his court hearing.

Although this plot was thwarted and the would-be murderer was apprehended, I fear this won’t be the last copycat we see after the killings in Connecticut. Let’s just hope people do exactly what Meyer’s wife did if they observe strange behavior or receive threats from people they know: pick up the phone and contact the authorities. Better to play it safe than to have more innocent people killed.

Posted on December 17, 2012, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thank God she did, Bringing things like this to the attention of people who can do something to help before someone goes out of control really is the best way, the only way to truly keep all of us safe. Thank you, Great Post!

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