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Creep-tastic

I went to high school with a kid named Caleb  Farley. He was one of the nerd tribe, but even amongst the nerds he was an outcast - he was socially awkward, overweight, immature. He was a member of some of the same clubs that I was a member of (Drama, Amnesty International) and so I at least knew him well enough to say hello to him in the hallways. Still, he was sort of a pitiable outcast.

Years later, I found out that he murdered a woman and her daughter. The media storm in the area was pretty intense - he was also a gamer and a LARPer, and it cast a shadow on all the gamers in the Philly area. Tonight, on Court-TV there's an episode of "Forensic Files" about his case . I'm definitely going to watch it - I've always been curious about it. What happened to Caleb, that he did this? My memory of him is as a shuffling, pudgy outcase - not a dangerous kid at all. The whole thing happened at a clothing store that apparently his family owned, and I gather he was alone in the store with this woman and her daughter. Was it a sexual assault turned wrong? Was he provoked, or just overcome with some sort of desire he couldn't control? What turned a harmless fat kid into a killer?

If anyone's in the area and wants to come over and watch the show, by all means, drop me a line.

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mandyly1977
May. 20th, 2006 03:53 am (UTC)
Freaky. I always wonder what happens to people to make them do something like that, among MANY other things. Sad for the lady and her daughter :(
dalriada42
May. 20th, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC)
Heh. I wasn't larping when I was still living in Philly, so if I heard I didn't pay attention... Closest I've been to that is one of the students I TAed for went out and shot a former member of his football team, last year... That was unsettling. Espec. since I think I gave him a D...
beautesansbete
May. 22nd, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
If I have learned anything from my exes, is that violent psychotics and persons with personality disorders are exceedingly good at lying and pretending to be (somewhat) “normal” to people who do not live with them.

Think about it, every time you watch the news and they interview a serial killer’s neighbor the first thing they say is, “He was such a nice, quiet guy. I can’t believe he did this.” No one ever says, "Oh yeah, we knew he was crazy."
aghrivaine
May. 22nd, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC)
I gather the ones that are obviously crazy get noticed, and helped/committed. Whereas, the stealthy ones are the dangerous ones, because they pass for healthy until something awful happens.

I'm still confused about what happened with Caleb though - this show made him out to have just randomly decided to kill this woman and her child because he played Dungeons and Dragons.

He did an evil thing, and he's appropriately doing two consecutive life sentences for it. But I wonder why he did it, and what might have been done to prevent it happening in the first place?
beautesansbete
May. 22nd, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC)
Why is is so easy to blame D&D? He was a Goth kid too wasn't he? Did they blame that too?

I kind of remember the story but not much, I wish I had seen the show Friday. Are they going to re air it?
aghrivaine
May. 22nd, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC)
I don't know if they'll re-air it or not. The episode was titled "Shopping-Spree" if you want to look it up.

bakaninja
May. 31st, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC)
So no elaboration? Was research into his past just stopped once they realized he liked gaming? That's pretty terrible.
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