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Final Word: Holidays can bring out criminal worst in some people

"Phoenix dad kills son with ax"

"Tolleson dad kills children, then self"

"Phoenix officer, posse member shot, Phoenix neighborhood locked down"

Those aren't the best headlines, are they?

A Phoenix dad killed his son with an ax during a 24-hour custodial visit.

A dad in Tolleson killed his 6- and 8- year-old daughters and then himself.

On New Year's Eve in Phoenix a pair of men committed a robbery and while fleeing, shot a Phoenix officer and a sheriff's posse member. A neighborhood was on lockdown for three hours on the last day of the year. The men were found in a backyard.

I don't think it's any coincidence that the date on the calendar is Jan. 2.

The holidays can be a tough time for anyone, certainly anyone suffering from depression or mental illness. Certainly any parent who takes the life of their child can't be in their right mind.

But I have to believe that the holidays are enough to set anyone off, under the right, or wrong, circumstances. There is no other time of year when people tend to look back on what they failed to do in the year, compare themselves to other people they perceive as happier or more successful, and feel like failures. And it's too bad.

Even for people NOT suffering from some underlying mental condition, the holidays bring with them financial stress and busy schedules. It's enough to make you snap.

So as you put away the holidays, be it Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or Festivus, put away the angst, too. Pack it up and resolve NOT to unpack it come next December.

About the Author


Years with the company: Just started with Bonneville, but have worked for and with KTAR AM and FM since 1991.

Career: I always knew my career would be touched by news. I started as a news intern in 1991 and eventually reported news and sports, and anchored newscasts at KTAR when it was an AM, news/talk/sports station. I went to work at the Attorney General's Office in 1995, as a spokesperson for the 300 attorneys there, and for Attorney General Grant Woods. I returned as a part-time host and host of Arizona's Morning News Saturday in 2001.

Education: I escaped Catholic school early when the nuns wanted me to skip the second grade. I found my independent voice at a private grade school in Painesville, Ohio, then called Phillips Elementary. The teachers there encouraged us to ask questions and challenge the status quo. They took us on mind-opening trips and never once treated us like children. I am grateful for those years! I left Ohio in 1988 to attend Arizona State University because I knew I wanted to live in the West. I majored in Journalism and interned at KTAR in the newsroom my senior year.

Family: I am the last of nine children and my parents were undoubtedly looking at retiring when I was born. I was raised early on mostly by my five wonderful sisters. I have so many first cousins that I haven't yet met most of them.

Favorite movie: Caddyshack and anything by John Hughes.

#1 sports team: NL Diamondbacks. AL Cleveland Indians. Gotta love a team whose mascot is named Chief Wahoo.

Outside interests: Working out, cooking, traveling and reading a great book.

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