Copyright 2007 by William A. Mays, Proprietor
"It's a Shakespearean tragedy brought into the real world," Judge Richard Comerford said at the sentencing of a Connecticut lawyer who stabbed his neighbor to death. Jonathon Edington, of 111 Colony Street, Fairfield CT, just outside Bridgeport, climbed into the bedroom window of Barry James and plunged a knife into his stomach, chest and head 11 times. James' mother entered the room to witness her son fall and the Bar Association member climb back out the window to the house next door where police discovered him washing blood from himself at the kitchen sink. The murderous attorney claimed that James had been molesting his daughter and that was the reason why he "snapped" and killed his neighbor. Yet, trained in the search for facts and the truth, Edington had no evidence that such molestation had ever taken place. Police Captain Gary MacNamara stated "We're confident this two-year-old was not molested. We are confident in our investigation that Mr. Edington did in fact kill Mr. James. We are as confident in our investigation that Mr. James did not molest the Edingtons' daughter." It is this tragic figment of Edington's imagination that prompted Judge Comerford's comment before sentencing Edington to 12 years in prison on a conviction of first-degree manslaughter.
The sole source for the molestation theory was Edington's wife Christina who told him their two-year-old daughter had made comments indicating James' culpability. But, among other pertinent facts pointed out by police after their investigation, it would have been the greatest physical ruse since Kaiser Soeze for James, who was diabetic and couldn't walk without leg braces, to have pulled himself up four feet to the Edington daughter's window, crawled in, molested the girl—all while her parents were home—and then climbed back out the window to safety. Christina Edington filed a complaint claiming James had molested her daughter, but after James' death and her husband's arrest. A psychiatrist determined that Christina was suffering from postpartum depression. Curiously, she also refuses to work because she insists she has multiple sclerosis; a diagnosis with which no medical doctor has been able to concur. The instability of this witness leads us to believe that Jonathon Edington conveniently forgot this area of his legal training as well.
One man is dead, another victim of suburban terror, his killer is sentenced to 12 years, which is not enough, and the two-year-old girl at the center remains with the person who started the ball rolling down the hill of communal insanity—her own mother. If this is the world in which she will be allowed to grow up, then "normal" has come to describe a state of society that we no longer recognize as home.
|Self-delusion and Murder Stun
Suburbia Yet Again as
Connecticut Lawyer Stabs
Neighbor to Death
September 5, 2007