My hopes and prayers surround this entire family and all who are seeking the truth and its relevance to Houston and his care beyond this sad moment. I, too, wake up everyday to a tragic nightmare that began over 7 years ago with psychosis and the killing of 2 of our 5 children by their medication induced psychotic father and my husband, David Crespi. I believe that we all need to seek the full truth and surround the details with diligent attention for understanding to facilitate meaningful action and healing beyond the horror. See CrespiFamilyHope for details and possible understanding. I completely support understanding and mercy for Houston.
What a sad story. My sympathy to the family. I remember Mark, Annette, and Marilyn from the mid-1980s in San Francisco. May God have mercy.
Absolutely agrees with the thrust of this article.After knowing known Mark personally, and having a nephew who suffers from this disease, I believe that a delicate balance between mercy, wisdom and keen judgement desperately needs to be exercised. Mark was a deeply caring individual, and probably would be the first to testify on Houston's behalf.
For those complaining about the article writer: What do you expect? Remember who wrote it, and then remember Mark for who he was. Mark Herczog was one of the few who were inspiration to me when we met early in 1992. He was a role model who I aspired to be like one day. He encouraged me in so many ways, to pray, to be persistent and to talk when I needed to. I loved that man and was always grateful when he walked into a room. Save me a seat, Mark! Until we meet again...
I'm rather disappointed by the way this article was presented. For the sake of this poor family, there was absolutely no need to be so graphic. You caused the family more pain (as I see from their post) and you've also contributed further to terrible stigmas and discrimination against mentally ill. That's exactly why the family couldn't get the help they needed- fear of the police hurting their son because it's obvious there's discrimination and lack of awareness regarding mentally ill people. The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill states that 1 in 4 people suffer from some sort of mentally illness during their lives. Statistical research also shows that only 4 percent of violent crimes are committed by people with mental illness - most of the time they hurt themselves instead and are vulnerable to being abused while in hospitals or during incarceration. Sadly, there are cases where some didn't get the help they needed and tragedy against others struck. It's clear you were trying to point out the issue about the fear of the police, which is very important, but please be mindful not to contribute to the problem by presenting such an unbalanced picture and focusing on violence. The entire community of people living with mental illness are afraid of the police, mental health system, justice system, and media because in today's political state it's feels like a witch hunt against them. What can we do to join together as a community to provide compassionate help for those who need it, prevent tragedies against themselves or potentially others, and change some of the areas of social bias and discrimination so people seek treatment and have a chance to live in harmony with others? All kinds of people hurt other people, and drugs and alcohol use are the highest link to violent crime. If our country just took a more proactive stance on treatment for drugs/alcohol and mental health, we would have a much happier society in general.
Striking the windshield with your head does not cause schizophrenia...The head usually acquires frontal lobe injuries with impact. Affecting the executive order..Not cognitive (memory) Rear of skull left and right sides, but executive order creating recognition of police, right from wrong, authority, nobodies vs. great people...All of it is the same with executive order frontal lobe head injuries...Just people not junkies and pastors or police and fireman just people....This may have happened to him...The long hair has me thinking another game of poison taking, M.D.M.A (molly) .....I'm sorry....And psychosis from "molly."
From NAMI's website:
In 1992, NAMI and Public Citizen’s Health Research Group released a report, entitled Criminalizing the Seriously Mentally Ill: The Abuse of Jails as Mental Hospitals, which revealed alarmingly high numbers of people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other severe mental illnesses incarcerated in jails across the country. A report issued by the United States Department of Justice in 1999 revealed that 16 percent of all inmates in state and federal jails and prisons have schizophrenia, manic depressive illness (bipolar disorder), major depression, or another severe mental illness. In the years following these reports, the situation has not improved. This means that on any given day, there are roughly 283,000 persons with severe mental illnesses incarcerated in federal and state jails and prisons. In contrast, there are approximately 70,000 persons with severe mental illnesses in public psychiatric hospitals, and 30 percent of them are forensic patients. NAMI’s position is for treatment, not punishment.
My thoughts and prayers are with all affected by this tragedy, including Mark, his family, friends, acquaintances and our whole community.
Radio will be here forever, and it should have local stations. One should be able to choose what to listen to and what stations to support. Now that we have satallite radio, and cable, we need local stations more than ever..
I am praying for the whole Herczog family. Houston should not be added to that statistic of 400,000 mentally ill in prison. In a hospital, Houston can teach doctors more about his disease so this doesn't happen to another family. I am holding the right thought that he will not be sentenced to prison. I am beyond sad for this whole family. Sending so much love to you all.
Please, Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties - pray for us. Before this happened, we were like any other family. Too bad this reporter had to go into the horribly gruesome details of my brother's death. These are the things we've tried for 18 months to put out of our head. That's what has made this all such a tragic nightmare - and I mean nightmare - one that never seems to end. Mark was so beloved to us. If for a minute we believed that Houston was not mentally ill, we would quietly sit by and let justice take it's course. But this is not justice. Civilized societies treat their sick, they do not punish them. One thing Rachel didn't mention was that WE HAVE A COUSIN WHO WAS SCHIZOPHRENIC. You can read more about her, their family's story along with ours, and what's happening with the mentally ill in the country and in Sonoma County in the upcoming issue of Mother Jones Magazine, online on April 17th. Justice is supposed to be tempered with mercy. I hope we see some of it soon. Thank you all for your prayers for resolution and one day, healing.
Sounds like Marin County!
Similar story: Martin"s Beach, lower San Mateo County Coast. Nice Beach, no access.
thank you Gabe - that was one brilliant LTE
too brilliant for the PD to publish, alors merci le Bohemian!
because the truth, when finely expressed
cuts through the dust like an ice cold beer after driving the Mojave
BTW what happens when a brown noser tells a lie? Darius smiles!
You thought they were done?
Well... Surprise! Thursday's paper has MORE!
The plot thickens:
"Lobbiests are good - they do amazing things like keep professional basketball teams in Sacramento" truly amazzzzzzzz......... Yawn. P.O.S. reporting. Certainly not something that Kevin just decided to pick up on his own. Who could possibly be behind this junk? Who?
POINTS TO PONDER:
"To quite an extent, gambling is a tax on ignorance. I find it socially revolting when the government preys on the ignorance of its citizenry. When the government makes it easy for people to take their Social Security checks and pull [slot machine] handles, it relieves taxes on those who don't fall for it. It's not government at its best."
-- Warren Buffett
"No one in the history of mankind has ever developed or operated a casino out of a burning desire to improve the lot of humanity." -Chuck Gardner, Former Nevada Deputy Attorney General
Stop the Casino 101 Coalition plans to shut the casino down and keep it shut. Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-the-Cas…
Neither Mr. Worthington nor Ms. Montgomery live near the casino any more than any resident of the Rohnert Park area does. Everyone in Rohnert Park is within about three miles of the casino.
The casino money to the county and cities is voodoo economics at its worst. It has been demonstrated that for every $46 in revenue given to a community by a casino, the actual costs to the community are about $248. This is for increased costs to the justice system, the social welfare system, lost productivity and more. Do the math to determine how much Sonoma County will lose from this casino.
Even financial wizards like Warren Buffet and Donald Trump know that gambling isn't good for the economy and they're on the record about it.
In California, by 2007, there were an estimated 1.2 million gambling addicts, "300,000, or about 30 percent, more than before voters approved Proposition 1A in 2000 to allow Las Vegas-class gambling on Indian lands in California, according to figures compiled over the past decade by the state attorney general’s office and the California Council on Problem Gambling." See "(Not so) Fun Gambling Facts at http://www.stopthecasino101.com/id116.html
Ignorance isn't bliss when it comes to casinos.
Greg Sarris claim to Indian identity has been declared false by the very family through which he claims Indian ancestry. That's right. His own family outed him. His third cousin, to be exact. Her name is Velia Navarro, she lives in the Los Angeles area, and she has provided a Sworn declaration that her family has NO Indian blood. Her oral history of her family and the vital records she has in her possession confirm the research done in 2010, which was extensive. You can hear Velia's own words at http://www.stopthecasino101.com/id147.html and see actual historical documents that prove it.
None of the 254 acres currently held by the federal government is "sovereign" tribal land. It is state land, and subject state law - that's according to settled case law in California. There will be a trial on this matter on August 2, 2013. If the court agrees that the casino site is state land, the casino will not be allowed to open. You can find more at www.stopthecasino101.com
And why is there no mention of the fact that this entire area is critical habitat for the highly endangered tiger salamander? Anyone wishing to build anything will have to do a 2 year CEQA study.
Loves how pieces of cloth that have pictures of dead presidents, gets everyone excited for the worse of all.
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