For my sanity's sake, I need to hold on to the theory that it seems like a lot more bad things are happening these days because we're so connected and hear about everything, as opposed to, well, the theory that everyone has gone bat-shit crazy. Because, man, each day, it seems like it's just one horror story after the next. This one being no exception (sorry): A 23-year-old man named Baron Von Duke Vercruysse was recently charged with first degree murder and arson after admitting to killing his father -- and then allegedly lighting him on fire -- after his dad asked him to clean his room. The kicker? Baron just became a dad himself.
The altercation reportedly happened on New Year's Eve in Florida. As the story goes, Baron's father told him to pick up his things, and Baron hit him over the head, killing him. Investigators believe that after the incident, Baron poured gasoline on his father's body and lit it on fire in the master bedroom. Months prior, in April, Baron had posted the message to Facebook: "I'm going to be a daddy in the next few hours. yayyyy." To which someone responded: "i know you will make an amazing dad!" Hmm.
I'm just going to say it here: It's awful that Baron allegedly killed his own father. Heartbreaking. But it probably isn't the worst thing in the world that he isn't going to be around to help raise his child. Clearly, with a snap range like that, he'd be a terrible parent and a horrific example.
I'm not a psychologist, but I'm going to go out on a limb here and presume that Baron had a really short temper. Maybe he had an ongoing feud/cantankerous relationship with his father, maybe he didn't. But to allegedly strike someone over the head hard enough to kill them when they just want you to clean your room is nothing short of terrifying. And maybe, possibly, if it wasn't his father, it would have been someone else. A man at a gas station. A clerk at a store. Seems like flying off the handle is something Baron's prone to.
Sorry to be the bearer of yet another awful news story, but someone has to do it. I guess the only silver lining we can look at here is that hopefully Baron's baby won't ever be privy to such a short-tempered disposition.
What do you think of this?
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