One doesn't have to have advanced degrees in psychology to conclude that Richard S. Thompson is a troubled human being.
Through his aberrant behavior he had to leave positions as a U.S. Attorney and lawyer with Levy, Thompson (a workers' compensation defense law firm). He also had spent time in a psychiatric facility and completed a family violence 24-week prevention course. Along the way he had been jailed for about a week.
When he found himself in even more trouble, he threatened suicide. That included pointing a gun to his head and scribbling suicide notes which the police found in his car when arresting him.
The most recent trouble had been, reports Abovethelaw.com, alleged aggravated stalking. There had been a warrant out for his arrest and cops spotted him outside his former law firm. When they attempted arrest, he fled.
It was when the police caught up with Thompson that he kept pointing the gun to his head. After the police called for backup and other law enforcement officers showed up, Thompson dropped the gun and surrendered.
Can psychiatry or even spirituality save this tormented human being? There is always hope for salvation through self-forgiveness and determination "not to sin again."
However, anyone who has been closely involved with those who did take their own lives knows that sometimes suicide seems the only method of release from extreme emotional pain. Much of society had not wanted to hear that. However, the reality of suicide as an answer might be getting through.
On the Eastern European side of my family there seems to be a suicide gene or cluster of genes. I accept the members' decision to, as it is put, "check out."
This blog transmits good karma to Thompson so that he can figure out how to find relief from his obvious suffering.
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