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Pat McMahon

Updated Nov 14, 2013 - 12:01 pm



It's really a fairly typical north Phoenix neighborhood. Thunderbird Road and 51st Street isn't in the news that often, but now we're asking:"What could possibly go so wrong?"

Tuesday night, Michael Sanders went to the home where his estranged wife lived, shot her and burned her body, shot and killed their 14-year-old daughter, the wife's brother and finally himself. Who knows what really prompted that horror story -- that atrocity. Perhaps, no one will ever know. Oh, certainly there will be speculation and observations from family, friends and neighbors.

I work with someone who was close to the family. But even she couldn't get into Michael Sanders' brain. Regardless of anger, possible jealousy, stress -- we've all experienced those emotions -- but we haven't killed anyone. Isn't it a fair assumption that Michael Sanders behaved that insanely because at that time in his life he was mentally ill? That's not a defense.

It's a warning. Most communities have thrown up their hands in despair attempting to adequately treat the mentally ill. And Michael Sanders just told us that it's not working.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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