Did Murderer Mom Suffer from Postpartum Psychosis?

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 in Children, Death, Domestic Violence, Parenting, Tragedies

Stephanie Rochester, who was charged with the June 1 suffocation death of her 6-month-old son, Rylan (whom she feared was autistic), may have been suffering from postpartum psychosis. This is a horrible tragedy, whether or not she was psychotic at the time of her son’s death. I am sure Stephanie Rochester is going through an extensive battery of tests to find out if in fact she is experiencing postpartum depression or postpartum...

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Living after Loss: The Travolta Family

Posted on May 19, 2010 in Children, Death, Family, Marriage, Parenting, Tragedies

It’s hard to move on after losing something so precious. I should know: I lost my son. I was happy for the Travolta family after learning that Kelly Preston is expecting her third child. The death of a child is devastating and unimaginable for most parents. For John, Kelly and Ella, the loss of Jett will not be fully healed by the birth of a new child — and I am sure they aren’t expecting it to do so. Nothing except time makes...

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Suicide and the Children of Celebrities

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 in Celebrities in the News, Children, Death, Family, Parenting, Tragedies

Today we heard the devastating news of the suicide death of Michael Blosil, the 18-year-old son of Marie Osmond and Brian Blosil. It was only a few days ago that 42-year-old Andrew Koenig son of actor Walter Koenig (of “Star Trek” fame), was also found dead as the result of suicide. The fact that these two suicides were the children of celebrities is, in my opinion, not coincidental. The two things are clearly related. Both of these...

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Moms Who Murder Their Own Kids

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 in Children, Death, Family, Parenting, Tragedies

What is going on with these murdering moms? Stacey Pagli was arraigned Wednesday on charges of killing her daughter, Marissa Pagli, 18. Officials say that it appears Marissa was strangled — and that Stacey has attempted suicide in jail. What is going on with all these murdering moms? Well, it seems that it is not that uncommon — it is just horrifying to our sensibilities as caring and loving mothers. According to the U.S. Department...

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Joannie Rochette Will Skate Despite Tragedy

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 in Celebrities in the News, Death, Family, Tragedies

Our hearts go out to Joannie Rochette, the 24-year-old figure skater whose mother died suddenly of a massive heart attack early Sunday morning in Vancouver. Ronda Kaysen: Joannie, Canada‘s best hope for a figure-skating medal since Elizabeth Manley won silver in 1988, has decided to continue competing for a spot on the Olympic podium. On Sunday morning, she wiped away tears and practiced in the Pacific Coliseum with her father looking on....

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Amy Bishop: Resentment and Rage

Posted on Feb 18, 2010 in Death, Domestic Violence, Family, Television, Tragedies

One look into Amy Bishop‘s past will show a long history of violent behavior. Amy Bishop, mother of four (the youngest in third grade), is accused of gunning down three of her fellow professors at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The portrait that is now emerging of Bishop is one filled with resentment and rage. This rage may have been brewing for a long time: Bishop shot and killed her brother in 1986 with a shotgun. She was...

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