Four year old Ethan Stacy’s mother and step-father savagely beat and brutalized him for weeks prior to murdering, desecrating, and burying his body. When people commit horrendous crimes like this, people in my field are asked to explain what could have been going through the perpetrator’s mind.
I work with both juvenile and adult sex offenders, therefore, I have a decent understanding of the criminal mind. Cases like this, however, are beyond me. Sure, I could generate theories:
- Ethan was turned in to the scapegoat for the couple’s problems.
- The step-father displaced his anger from other life stress on to Ethan.
- Ethan became a reminder to his step-father that there were other men before him in his wife’s life, putting him in to a jealous rage.
- The couple both suffered from some form of psychosis, like Dissociative Identity Disorder (multiple personality disorder), or Paranoid Schizophrenia, and proceeded to have a psychotic break.
Some of the above theories may get thrown around as possible explanations, but to me, I don’t buy it. I am becoming more convinced that genuine evil does exist. I don’t want to hear a psychological profile for Ethan Stacy’s killers. If I were to luck out and be asked to provide therapy for this couple, my treatment plan would follow Hammurabi’s Code.