Eugene Maraventano
Eugene Maraventano
Talk about twisted thinking. Eugene Maraventano, a 64-year-old Arizona man, was charged today with stabbing his wife and 27-year-old son to death in their home. As horrifying as that is, his explanation may be even more so. 

According to ABC, he told police that he had spent time with prostitutes and was afraid that he'd contracted HIV or another disease. His wife Janet had been sick and he feared she'd test positive for cancer or something he'd passed on to her. So instead of taking her to the doctor to see if it was something treatable, he grabbed a kitchen knife and bludgeoned her to death in her sleep.

And get this, he told police he'd been thinking about buying a gun, but said, "I'm not a violent person."

Instead of committing suicide after he killed his wife, he decided to kill his son Bryan too because "He plays video games all day and doesn't have a job or girlfriend." He deduced from that behavior that his son must be handicapped and probably wouldn't be able to take care of himself without his parents. So he stabbed him to death too.

Police say after the stabbings Maraventano didn't even call 911 for several days. He made some unsuccessful suicide attempts in the meantime, but what else he did is unknown. He probably spent a lot of time thinking about what story he was going to tell. He finally called police on April 6, and he now faces two counts of first degree murder.

It's just such a sick and twisted story and my immediate reaction is that he must be mentally ill. How could anyone who's not do something like that? But it also sounds incredibly premeditated and well thought out, so I don't know. Maybe some people are just evil enough to do this in their right mind, and selfish enough to convince themselves they're doing the right thing.

Do you think this man is mentally ill, or just a cold-blooded killer?

 

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