A father is in jail after being arrested for killing his 3-year-old son. The man, Jeremy Cramer, took the boy from his estranged wife for a visit. She let him go even though there were signs that all was not right with Jeremy. Likely she never fathomed what Jeremy was capable of. In fact, in a jail house confession to his father that was recorded, it seems that Jeremy himself cannot fathom it. "I killed my own son and I don't know why," are the chilling words Jeremy reportedly said to his father while they spoke on the phone from jail. And more chilling words may have never been spoken. Because he likely does not know why.
Jeremy Cramer told his father that after he took his son, Brody, for a ride, he ran out of gas on a remote road in Montana. He took the boy, put him on his shoulders, and began walking. In a sometimes incoherent confession, he told his father that his son became "like some other kid when he was on my neck."
He also hinted that he'd taken too much of his generic Adderall medication, saying:
The thing was, it wasn't like I had a few beers or it was like something was up inside. Why did I take all my pills? Did I take all my pills?
Jeremy's brother told police that he was a former methamphetamine addict and someone who seemingly was addicted to Adderall.
After his wife couldn't reach him, she called police. He was eventually found with blood on his clothing, which he refused to explain. Brody was found stabbed repeatedly and beaten in a field not far from where his father's truck was located.
Jeremy also told his father during the conversation:
My son is dead, 100 percent, my son is dead, yes I did it, something did it of me but I didn't do it.
He probably feels like he didn't do it. If he's genuinely mentally ill, it must feel like he just woke up out of a nightmare where someone like him but not him killed his son. People are capable of extreme behavior when they are in the middle of a psychotic episode.
But it's hard to feel sorry for him because his son, a little person who trusted and loved him, was killed by him. His very last vision was of his father stabbing him. And he did not know why either.
Yet if he is truly psychotic (and that is IF), I feel compassion for him. Compassion doesn't mean he shouldn't be locked away for the rest of his life, however. There is also the possibility that he killed his son for revenge against his wife, with whom he was fighting over custody of Brody at the time. He could be faking psychosis.
Either way, little Brody was taken from this world too soon and in the worst way imaginable. Horrific and tragic.
What do you think happened?
Image via Anaconda, Montana Police Dept.