There were a couple of instances of child abuse in the state where I live. Sometimes the children abuse the parents; sometimes the parents abuse the children.

 Sometimes, we don’t really know why children turn out horrible. Were they raised much worse than we know, or did they fall in with bad companions, or were they just “bad seeds?”

Although I am not intimately familiar with the small farming community of Carnation, I have driven through the town on several occasions, and I have been in the house of a friend there [a very good person in no way connected to this story, I hasten to add].

From a local news story:

Police say that Michele Anderson and [Joseph] McEnroe armed themselves with handguns just before 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve, entered the home of her parents, Wayne Anderson, 60, and Judith, 61, and fatally shot them in the head.

When Michele Anderson’s brother, Scott, his wife Erica, and the couple’s two children, Olivia, 5, and Nathan, 3, arrived at the rural home, they were shot and killed as well.

According to court documents, Michele Anderson told police she was tired “of everybody stepping on her,” and she had decided if her family did not start showing her respect by Dec. 24, she would kill them all. Anderson also was angry that her parents were pressuring her to pay rent for the trailer she shared with McEnroe on the elder Andersons’ wooded Carnation property, she told police