St. Paul, Minnesota Unless you live under a rock with no television, radio, get no newspapers, etc. you’ve heard about the “King of Pop’s” timely demise. (oops, damn typos) The media’s coverage of crying/fainting hoards of people flocking to and fro to get a glimpse of the glitterati browsing for the appropriate clothing to wear, or perhaps the brothers shopping for one white sequined glove to carry his final chariot, has been enough to make me want to break my TV. The talk of a memorial service at the Neverland Ranch brought that 4 syllable location back into the forefront and young children asking their parents, “What’s Neverland?” And if any parents were like Patricia Becht, they tried to give a sense of peace while plotting the murder of their children at that very location.
Patricia Becht’s 16 year-old daughter attempted to phone her mother repeatedly to no avail but did make contact with Patricia’s niece and asked her to run by their home to check on her mother and 2 younger siblings. Upon arriving, the doors were locked and the niece gained entrance through an opened window. Even though Patricia had allegedly told her niece a few weeks prior that she was going to lock her children in the garage to kill them, I imagine her discovery left the next moments frozen in time. Michael, 10 and autistic was unconscious, Erica (11) was semiconscious, and their poor sick mommy Patricia was puking in the bathroom. And then the suicide note was found.
The suicide note, penned for her 16 year-old to discover along with the dead bodies of her mother, brother, and sister, said something to the order of, sorry – can’t take you with us…but we’ll be at peace and ‘happy to be gone’. Nice. I’m not real sure how Patricia thought this wouldn’t totally fuck her daughter up for life but at least she’s still around to think about that every day for the rest of hers…and I hope it eats her alive. She obviously failed the two children she promised to take with her as well. She had discussed the perfect place to die: Neverland Ranch. She explained to them “Neverland was a place for kids to go – similar to heaven.” According to an interview conducted with Patricia, she discussed going to Neverland with her children as part of their suicide plan.
Little Michael was found dead in his home, Erica was rushed to the hospital where she is expected to recover. Neighbors witnessing the ugly turn of events said of Patricia, “They didn’t rush her off like they did the daughter.” According to the criminal complaint, Patricia gave each child 10 tablets of Seroquel, a medication used to treat bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia. She dosed herself with 25 tablets of mommy’s little helper. (According to the manufacturer’s literature, Seroquel fatal overdoses are very rare) It’s sweet Patricia assisted in making Michael another statistic.
After interviewing Patricia Becht via her hospital visit, enough evidence was gleaned from her personal account (and evidence of pill bottles through the house) that authorities planned a welcome home party upon her release. I love it when police protect and serve. She was charged Friday with first-degree premeditated murder for the death of her son and with the attempted first-degree murder of her daughter. The judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation for Becht and set bail at $1 million without conditions or $750,000 with conditions. The evaluation is suppose to take place within the next 60 days. Fuck. She’ll plead insanity and everyone will buy it cause who in their right mind would plan to take their children to Neverland Ranch?
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