NO JUST CAUSE: Childhood Abandonment and Murder

In a world gone insane trying to justify sin, Jason Bohn’s attorneys use his childhood as defense for the brutal murder of girlfriend Danielle Thomas in their New York apartment.  Her body was on ice in the bathtub four days before police found it.  Thanks to CBS and the Freedom of Information Act, we can hear the eight minute cell phone recording of Bohn strangling Thomas to death.

Poor little Jason Bohn was abandoned by a career-obsessed mum who went off to have a highly successful life in publishing, without child in tow.  Bohn’s abusive dad turned him on to cocaine.  His grandmother cared for him until she was placed in a nursing home.  Bohn went into foster care where he was documented as a very angry, violent young man.  The good news: Bohn grew up to be an attorney.  Instead of ‘Young Man Triumphs Over Childhood Adversity,’ the plot twisted.

A psychiatrist/consultant for ‘Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,’ testified Bohn suffers from ‘Intermittent Explosive Disorder.’  Bohn apparently did not know what he was doing as he stomped, bludgeoned and strangled Thomas.  Add Bohn’s well placed notes, and call to an ex-girlfriend stating he was completely drunk and blacked out, and a gullible jury could float this boat.

Frankly, my dear… no matter what psycho-babble defense you spin, Bohn intentionally chose to kill.  He warned Thomas that he would kill her and her little dog, too.  At what point does someone not realize they have another person’s body in their hands and they are harming that person?  At what point do the words, ‘You’re killing me!’ lose their meaning?

I weary of people abdicating responsibility for their actions because they had a hard life, their parents didn’t love them, they were bullied, and my personal favorite, they were too rich to know the difference between right and wrong.  What dollar amount is attached to that level of irresponsibility?

Man always knows what he is doing, no matter how heinous the crime.  Man always seeks to avoid the consequences of his actions.  A young child commits a transgression of innocence.  Parents and society train the child in the way he should go.  That older child knows how life works, is without excuse, and the penalty phase kicks in.  It has been that way since Cain killed Able.

When society buys into perversions of justice and common sense, we are lost.  When anything can be used to justify anything, we are lost.  Reading this story, I fear we are lost.


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