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Father is a Freak
on July 7, 2015
I started reading this book but had to stop in disgust after skimming a few pages. The father was not only explaining away his own responsibility but forcibly exposing and damning every little fault of his son before his horrendous crimes. Saying he had some similar personality traits and he was distant to his son really states that while he had some of the same personality traits he did not become a killer as well as stating that he did not have enough contact with his son in order to realize the possibility of the son's insanity. As a confessed control freak he is really controlling the narrative of this story.
The father told one story, I can't remember if it's in the book or from an interview, that his grandmother was visiting and would spend the time in the son's room so the father searched every inch of the room and found a locked box in the closet. The box had a human skull in it but Jeffrey said it was pornography. The father told him to get rid of it before his grandmother arrived and this was done. Now, unless the grandmother was a habitual safe cracker, what does it matter to have a locked box in the closet. This demonstrates that the father has pathological control problems that led to a need to control what was in Jeffreys locked box. It appears that Jeffrey had no personal space of his own.
All the signs point to the father repeatedly sexually abusing Jeffrey. Sexual abuse is not about sexual desire but about control and violence. Teens drinking in high school is about experimentation, the thrill of doing something forbidden, and peer pressure. Teen alcoholism is another story, indicating a need to escape emotional trauma. At the same time, he becomes withdrawn, another sign of psychological strife - hynia operations aren't the reason. All these symptoms are indicative of sexual abuse. Jeffrey was an attractive guy and had lovers and would have little problem in getting guys to have sex with him. It struck me as odd that before the murders began, when he met guys at gay bars, he would drug many of the guys who he had sex with since these guys already agreed to have sex with him. This was compulsive controlling behavior usually picked up from prior trauma.
The descent into a ritual of drugging, having sex, and killing may be a reenactment of the father's abuse and then killing the father, using the victims as surregates. I can speculate about the cannibalism but it is too disgusting and I'll pass.
As the old adage goes "the father protesteth too much" about the sexual abuse. I would think that Jeffrey's life may have had a better trajectory if he had a loving family - or at least a half way decent upbringing.