When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Knives

Isobel Zuluaga, 44, victim

Isobel Zuluaga, 44, victim. (Possibly an old photo).

This sad and cautionary tale from last month begins with a cop’s grim assessment:

“The fact that there was no remorse shown that we could see, it’s just an extremely unusual incident,” Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis said in a news conference Thursday broadcast by TV Station WIST. “I don’t have a good grasp of what he was thinking, why he did it and so forth. That would be pure speculation at this point.”

Geez, what did he do?

The child stabbed the mother with a long blade knife at 9 p.m. Monday and then told police he went to sleep.

Yeah, we always turn in after a job well done, ourselves, too.

He was awakened the next morning by a contractor who was hired to do some work on the house in Simpsonville, Loftis said.

“When the contractor came it startled him because apparently he did not realize a contractor was coming,” the sheriff said. “So he went under the crawl space to hide because he did not know who was knocking at the door.”

But the worker found the boy and told him to leave so he could get started on his work. But then he noticed blood dripping from above, went inside the house and discovered the dead body of 44-year-old Isabel Cristina Zuluaga.

via S.C. boy, 13, killed mother, then went to bed: cops – NY Daily News.

Stabby Boy was 13. The cops found him and he immediately confessed. Physical evidence in the blood-soaked house confirms him as the doer. He was an A student with a clean disciplinary record (well, before the murder); nobody seems to have a clue why he did it.

Bat guano crazy is as good an explanation as anything.

The victim suffered multiple injuries and died from stab wounds to the torso, reports TV Station FOX Carolina.

The kid was about the same size and weight as his much older mother, and although she seems to have been fit, he was much stronger. One oft-denied aspect of sexual dimorphism in Homo sapiens sapiens. (Which is, it seems, about two “sapiens” too many for this crumb).

Ms Zuluaga was found with defensive wounds on her arms — not at all unusual, more like routine, in knife homicides. These wounds tell the tale of a desperate and doomed fight for life. The words “fight for life” are used, these days, much more frequently in a figurative than a literal sense. But for Isabel Zuluaga, it was a literal fight for life.

It’s not good when you lose a fight for life.

A US Department of Defense spokeswoman said that this is all mistaken, and she kicked his ass, because the SecDef said so. “You go, girl.”

12 thoughts on “When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Knives

  1. Kirk

    You have to wonder what went through her mind, there at the end. Did she realize her attacker was her child? You rather hope not, but with defensive wounds, she probably did.

    I’ve known parents who probably deserved to die at the hands of their kids, though–The young lady I met who’d been sexually abused since toddlerhood by her stepdad with full knowledge and occasional participation by her mom strikes me as a situation where I’d have a hard time finding it in me to find her guilty of parricide, had she gone down that road. That sort of thing, I’d kinda go “Weeeelll… Maybe… Mom and Dad kinda deserved the chainsaw, ya know?”. Without knowing the real facts, it’s hard to say. You don’t know what goes on behind closed doors in a lot of families, which fact I’ve had rubbed in my face on more than one occasion, much to my dismay and ability to sleep well at night. There was this Major I worked around, mid-career. Seemed like a super-good guy, church-going, observant, highly ethical at work in his displayed behavior and so forth–A guy I would have trusted, in other words, to do the right thing at all times. Had a family with two-three kids that I really admired, as they seemed well-raised with his church-going wife riding herd on them. They were always a perfect image of your typical well-run military family, in other words.

    Fucker turned out to be a child molester who was involved in semi-consensual wife-swapping and non-consensual child raping and trading. Seriously sick stuff, per what I was told by someone who’d been around the periphery of it all, when it came out. It was bad enough that when the civilians went after his wife and he both, and then because some of it happened on Federal property, they got hit again by the Feds via the UCMJ and federal law governing the stuff for civilians on federal property. I think the sentences added up into centuries, if I remember right. I do know that when I initially heard of this case, I was completely disbelieving. When it was proven to me to be more than a rumor, I nearly vomited–I’d been around those kids a bunch at unit functions, and they were more than just ciphers to me. And, apparently, the abuse dated to that period and before. Never had a clue it was going on, just like everyone else didn’t.

    We don’t know what we don’t know, in many of these cases. Coulda been the kid, coulda been her, or maybe a combination of the two. On the other hand, there’s always the “bad seed” theory, which does happen despite the best parenting available.

    Screwed up situation, one I’m glad I don’t have to deal with personally, and my best wishes and appreciation to those that do, as work. I’m not sure I could do it, to be honest. About the second or third time I dealt with something like this, I suspect I’d probably be short-circuiting the entire process by simply shooting the little creep when I found him with his mother’s blood on him.

    1. Hognose Post author

      Well, family named the school, but I was there. So was Dad. (Oh, wait, you’re asking about the dad of Stabby Boy. We’re guessing he was an absentee, with his duties restricted to Sperm Donor, and Stabby Boy raised by the machinery of the State, standing in loco parentis).

  2. Y.

    Weird. Psychopaths usually start the other way – juvenile delinquents who only figure out how to behave later.

    Drugs, possibly? Those can make someone psychotic.

  3. James Sullivan

    While I lean toward the Bat Guano Crazy/Bad Seed theory, I have to say that Kirk raises a good point. Working in Family Court all this time, I’ve seen some pretty normal, decent looking people who turn out to be, well…very, very bad people. And until some sunlight gets shined on the family, nobody really knows what the kids are/were going through.

  4. LSWCHP

    Worked with a guy for many years who was a senior electronics tech. Nice guy, straight arrow, married with 4 kids. He just disappeared one day and when I eventually made enquiries was told that our feds had busted him as part of an international kiddie porn ring, he was going to the big house for a long time and I should keep quiet about it. I too almost hurled on hearing this.

    Knowing he was into kiddie porn, I wondered what his own kids had been through.

    It’s impossible to know what goes on behind closed family doors.

    1. Hognose Post author

      The Feds do a lot of kiddie porn, and there’s an endless supply of suspects, unfortunately. Some of them are sketchy guys and some of them not… ISTR HSI Miami bagged their own SAC a few years ago. These creeps have a bunch of ways of trading their crap and one guy’s computer usually leads to a whole ring. There aren’t enough 1811s in the whole federal service to investigate them all.

      How often a kiddie porn guy is an actual molester is unknown. A lot of people like porn that is not like the sex they actually have. But the theory is, having a market for kiddie porn (however black the market is) stimulates (in economics terms, please) the creation of kiddie porn, ergo, directly inspires and supports the sexual abuse of children. Thus the prohibition.

      If a guy is turned on by kids, I’ve never heard of a pshrink who could fix him. Maybe it’s in the hard wiring of his head, and he’s “born that way” like gay men say they are. It might be merciful to just execute these guys.

      When they bust a guy, someone has to inspect every file on every computer disk and watch every minute of every video. They do things like rename files and hide videos inside videos… imagine being the new guy who has to watch the evidence and write it down. These evidence logs are usually admissible… what’s the defense lawyer gonna do, say, “Naw, let’s show the jury the tape?”

      Nobody likes kiddie porn collectors, but nobody really hates them like the officials made to watch their crap.

      While the collectors are easy to catch, the creators are harder and come up more rarely. I think that’s just because the ratio of passive collectors to active creators is so high, but there’s no data I’m aware of.

      The cases are a slam-dunk to prosecute (so an agent knows he won’t waste six months’ investigation when an AUSA gets cold feet) and and the sentences are long, much longer than for most violent crimes, but that’s mostly Fed vs State. In the Fed pen the guy also does just about the whole sentence. It’s not unusual to see these guys getting a mandatory minimum of hundreds of years, while across the street in state court a murderer is pleading out and getting 15 years, and he’ll be paroled in half that if he doesn’t mess up while he’s in the jug.

      Is the guy who has pictures of a child rape a more awful criminal than the guy that killed a child? That’s pretty much the decision our nation has made, probably not entirely deliberately but in the patchwork way a federal republic makes law. I’m not the right guy to say if that’s right, because if I was King we’d hang both of those criminals, and all murderers, and all rapists, and a lot more violent criminals, by the neck until dead, dead, dead. That would make room in prison for Goldman Sachs! This is why there is no movement to crown me king, perhaps.

      1. Y.

        How often a kiddie porn guy is an actual molester is unknown. A lot of people like porn that is not like the sex they actually have. But the theory is, having a market for kiddie porn (however black the market is) stimulates (in economics terms, please) the creation of kiddie porn, ergo, directly inspires and supports the sexual abuse of children. Thus the prohibition.

        Empirical findings support the notion that availability of porn diminishes sex crime.

        For example, in post-revolutionary Czechoslovakia, most forms of crime increased except sex crime. Sex abuse numbers went down, including the ones against minors.

        http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10508-010-9696-y

        This has been also observed elsewhere, in similar places, where for a time possession of child porn was legal.

        If a guy is turned on by kids, I’ve never heard of a pshrink who could fix him. Maybe it’s in the hard wiring of his head, and he’s “born that way” like gay men say they are. It might be merciful to just execute these guys.

        If it’s just a fetish, it might be ‘fixable’.

        Execution? Why not exile them to an island somewhere?
        Or, you could just put them on anti-libidinals. Or partially or fully castrate them. etc. Czechs do that to child molesters and violent rapists, and it works.

        Castration especially implies a re-offense rate of less than 1%. The male sex drive changes, or goes extinct.

        Hormones do quite a lot. Perhaps you haven’t read on how female transsexuals bitch about getting too horny after starting to take testosterone?

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