In Louisiana, Ben Freeman, 38, gunned down his wife, mother-in-law, and former boss. He injured a few others. Then he committed suicide. According to law enforcement, he was engaged in a custody battle regarding his four children. Here is the coverage from GAWKER.
This is the second murder-suicide incident, seemingly over child custody, during this holiday season. In Manhattan, an immigrant from the Ukraine jumped from the roof of a 52-story building. But before he did he tossed his three-year-old son off that same roof.
Can the legal system make Family Courts in each state less hard on the parents? From my research, it appears that fathers are at a disadvantage in custody battles. If they are unemployed, that's a strike against them. In addition, because of the high cost of having a lawyer, more are going pro se. They might not be presenting the merits of their case as best they could.