Divorce American Style

In a recent interview with Barbara Walters, Peter Rodger, the father of Santa Barbara mass murderer, Elliot Rodger, unwittingly gave a perfect example of the devastating effects of lifestyle divorce on children.  Mr. Rodger said of his son, “The first years of his life were wondrous, he laughed so much we were afraid he would choke.”  But when Elliot Rodger was seven his parents split up. Peter Rodger remarried when Elliot was eight, and by nine the laughing child was no more, but a permanent psychotherapy patient.  The little boy had “social issues” so, “We brought in therapists to help him integrate into society.” Mr. Rodger philosophized about his son representing “the world’s horror story,” which he described as somebody “on the outside is one thing and on the inside is something completely different.”  After suddenly losing the only family they know, and without the mental maturity to imagine...(Read Full Post)