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Daniel Petric Kills Mother, Wounds Father

Daniel Petric Kills Mother, Wounds Father

Daniel Petric, a teenager from Ohio was charged and found guilty for aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder for killing his mother and wounding his father in Oct 20, 2007 because they wouldn’t let him play Halo 3.

Daniel was 16 when he snuck out of the house to buy Halo 3 after his parents told him he was not allowed to play it. His father, Mark Petric 45, forbade him to play it because it is very violent in nature and sexually explicit. Halo is a violent first person shooter. He was caught with the game on his way back and his father put away the game in a lockbox in their closet. Unfortunately this is the same box they kept their 9mm handgun.

A month later, Daniel took his father’s key and took both the game and the gun. Prosecutors described the situation by saying Daniel Petric then went to his parents room while concealing the weapon and said “Would you close your eyes? I have a surprise for you.”

Mark Petric Cries in Testimony

Mark Petric Cries in Testimony

His father, Mark Petric testified that he was expecting something pleasant but instead went numb. All he remember was that later Daniel was putting the gun into his hands saying “Hey Dad, here’s your gun. Take it”.

His father only survived because his daughter, Heidi Archer and her husband, Andrew, happen to come over to watch a baseball game. Unfortunately Susan Petric, the mother of Daniel, died of the gunshot wound to the head. She was shot in the head, arms and chest.

Heidi and Andrew testified that Daniel told them not to go in because “Mom and Dad had a big argument”. They pushed their way in anyhow and found the elder Petric badly wounded but was able to hear him say that his son had shot him. Daniel in turn tried to blame the father. As Heidi called 911, Daniel picked up the handgun but it was immediately taken away by her husband. Daniel gave it up without much resistance. He then fled the scene. He was picked up by the police with Halo 3 still in his possession.

Petric’s sister, Holly, testified that Daniel had become addicted to video games while stuck at home after getting staph infection due to a snowboarding injury. One of Daniel’s friends, Jonathan Johnson, testified that Daniel was so obsessed with the Halo series that he would come over to play 7-8 hours a day. One weekend, the week before the shootings, he played 16-18 hours a day only pausing to eat, sleep and use the restroom. Mark Petric said that he and his son had a great relationship but that he had to put his foot down when it came to his obsession with this game.

The defense tried to dispute that daniel committed aggravated murder because it requires prior calculation and design. His lawyer, James Kersey, said the shooting was not planned. They pleaded insanity because he was under the influence of “Halo 3″. The prosecutor Tony Cillo argued that Daniel was fully aware of what he was doing and that he had told the forensic psychologist he had plotted this shooting a week before including making it appear like a murder suicide.

Mark Petric, a minister, still frequently visits his son in jail. He said that his son did apologize for what he did has said to him “Dad, I’m so sorry for what I did to Mom, to you and to the family. I’m so glad you are alive.” Mark had testified that his mom’s relationship with Daniel was very close. Since then the family has forgiven him for what he had done and one day hopes to have him return home. THe family did ask Judge Burge to acquit him. During the pronouncement of the sentence, Mark told his son “I love you, Danny”.

Daniel faces up to a life in prison without parole

  • What is your initial reaction to the fact that a boy shot his parents over his obsession over a video game?
  • Was the Father right to refuse to let his child play a game he found to be inappropriate considering his growing obsession?
  • What are your thoughts on the defense pleading “insanity” because of Halo 3?
  • Thoughts about the family forgiving him?
Comments
  • Some Guy March 28, 2009 at

    How is Halo 3 sexually explicit? I wouldn’t really even call it violent. It’s a video game. If someone kills their parent’s because they wouldn’t let them play a video game there is a problem with the child, not the game.
    The person in question is the son of a minister, maybe that’s the problem.

  • ryan March 28, 2009 at

    Halo 3 has no sexuality whatsoever.

  • Macauley March 28, 2009 at

    Initial reaction:

    What the? How could someone commit murder over a Video game? Must be clinically insane.

    Was the farther right to refuse him playing it?

    It is his decision. BUT, if it’s because of the reasons that he stated, then they are poor ones. Poor because the game was not researched well, or at all. He just came up with them. He didn’t even look at the box. One, it is almost fantasy violence. And 2, it is not sexually explicit. There is nothing to do with sexuality at all. This is just making up reasons for him not to play it. Refusing him to play the game at all is too far. Playing 8 hours a day is very unhealthy, true, but he should be able to play maybe an hour during school days, and maybe 2 or 3 on week ends. As long as he is doing his school work and goes out to socialise (and I know he used to, he Snowboards!), he should be able to play.

    Insanity? Temporary. It is very possible to become so obsessed with video games, to the point of heavy addiction. In fact, I have had it happen to me. From when I was 12 to 15 (17 now) I developed intense growing pains in my knees. I was unable to run and exercise. I became depressed and I lost my fitness, and because of this my grades have slipped, lacking endorphins. I became obsessed games, since during out of school, playing games was all I could do to pass time.

    Forgiven? I can’t say, I never have witnessed something like this. Depression can destroy families if not uncovered soon enough. Playing games can be like drinking. It subsides the pain, you’re taken out of your life and put into someone else’s shoes, one likely to be ending much happier then your current position, but when the game is turned off/you sober up, you’re stuck with your life again.

    Parents should take notice of their children’s habits, whether playing video games or spending time in their room or how much/little they talk to the family. Do they get very defensive against their siblings or even against you, even if you meant no harm. In the case of playing video games, just like tobacco and alcohol, you can’t take it away, cold turkey, and not get negative results. Depression, aggression, rage. You need to offer other opportunities, since that is what they are lacking, to sway from the games and get outside. Get your child’s friends to do something (Make sure they are his/her friends, not people you would like them to be friends with, the depressed are likely to be jealous of anyone in the world, believe me, I know). Get them to call and invite them to their activities.

    This is what I believe, and I have known what it’s like first hand. I know that this is what it is like. You feel alone, you have no pride. Pride isn’t a socially good thing, but having even the opportunity for pride, but not being arrogant.

    Jeez, I could go on and on, but I just realised no one will actually read this, so why bother?

  • Media Influence March 28, 2009 at

    Appreciate all the comments. I noticed this got picked up in the bungie Halo forums so we are seeing a large influx of visitors from there. Lots of Halo fans giving their input about this story. We definitely value your input, we just ask everyone to keep your comments sensitive.

    Thanks!

  • Adam March 28, 2009 at

    I love how they pin it on video games like they always do because they don’t have anything else to blame it on. < >

  • gomez turbo March 29, 2009 at

    something must be wrong with the child or his parents. he seems like he needs a lot of help. Lots and lots and lots of help. < >

    P.S. I want him to be my friend on Xbox Live.

  • Christian March 29, 2009 at

    Fail. As stated before, none of the 3 Halo Games have any sexual content of any kind. The Halo 3 game box has an ESRB Game rating with given reason for it’s rating. They were “Blood and Gore”, “Mild Language” and “Violence”.

    Looking at the other so called “very violent” first person shooter’s commonly played today, calling Halo 3 very violent is laughable. Consider Left 4 Dead, Killzone 2, Army of Two, Rainbow Six Vegas 2, Gears of War 2 and plenty more. Halo 3 is remarkable clean in language, gore and violence compared to all of these games. Most of these games have an ESRB saying the game contains “Intense Violence.”

    To blame the game is ridiculous. Sounds like the son has a certain level and instability and their is no justification for shooting another human being.

    The Father claiming that he had a great relationship with his son is a lie. If his son was injured in a snowboarding accident I think the father would have been much more concerned and involved in his sons life long before he became addicted to a video game. Nice story sis, good try. If they had a “great relationship” he would have been able to influence his son in a positive way long before it became a shooting bringing balance and moderation into his life. Sounds like the family had more seriously problems long before Halo 3 ever came into the picture.

  • kiwi April 14, 2009 at

    Wow. that kid has either mental problems and/or and addiction to a game. IT’S A GAME! GIVE IT UP! i wouldn’t kill anyone because of a game.

  • straighttalk April 16, 2009 at

    I wonder if i ever played him…

    anyone know his gamertag?

  • Indie April 22, 2009 at

    I would hazard a guess that the kid had a somewhat addictive personality, had it not been Halo, it could have been crack. Or hell, beer. Kid could’ve decided to take up drinking instead of video games and given himself cirrhosis of the liver. But look, there’s never any one thing to blame.

    It’s great to be able to say “Well, I wouldn’t do that, it’s just a game.” That’s like saying beer is just a beverage to an alcoholic, or heroin is just a painkiller to a doper. Or that pot is harmless to a schizophrenic. (opens can of worms, steps away) But for some people, due to circumstance, inherent nature or pure dumb luck, get hooked.

    Getting addicted to a game would probably be like getting addicted to cigarettes. In 72 hours, the nicotine is all but gone from your system. So it’s not truly a chemical dependence. It’s a mental dependence on the physiological response to the chemical. Same way you have adrenalin junkies, or sex addicts. Sometimes you develop a dependence on a certain thing, either physiologically or mentally, and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it. Sometimes people get over it, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes it takes destroying everything they hold near and dear to wake them up. Sometimes not even that does the trick.

    This aberrant behaviour is nothing new. Violent video games have simply taken the place of horror films, marijuana, LSD and rock’n'roll music as the knee-jerk scapegoat for all the youth’s ills.

    It’s all a very small step from ‘The Devil made me do it.’

  • Halo Rulezz June 13, 2009 at

    Its not Halos fault oh and where did the father ever get the idea that halo had anything to do with sex come on theres nothing remotely to do with sex but anyway its not halo faults. it was a cry for help that wasnt anwsered very good job parenting guys A+.

  • Halo Rulezz June 13, 2009 at

    Not to mean btw just you gotta pay attention to the ways kids act if a kids gonna sneak out to buy the game/ go to a friends house to play it almost 24/7 you should talk to them about it and not lock it up next to gun next time… just saying

  • i wish i bought a 360 to play halo 3 *frowny face* June 18, 2009 at

    * What is your initial reaction to the fact that a boy shot his parents over his obsession over a video game?

    stupid move. but his parents should not have restricted him to begin with. he is 16. if he wants to play a shooter game, let him. what the hell is up with all these restrictive parents? do they not know how to tell their children that movies//games are all fake and just for entertainment?!?! instead, they take the easy (horrible) way out and just ban it all.– this is what causes kids to have personality problems.

    * Was the Father right to refuse to let his child play a game he found to be inappropriate considering his growing obsession?

    no. the father is not the master. the son is not the slave. we live in a different generation than our fathers. back in our father’s day, wearing a 2 piece bathing suit (for all you ladies out there) would of had you shunned or even (maybe) put in jail?- ya… exactly… what was once inappropriate is now the norm. why? because people relax and realize all those fears and regulations they had were all Bull****.

    * What are your thoughts on the defense pleading “insanity” because of Halo 3?

    good strategic move. because this was a family affair, and the family has forgiven him. perhaps he should spend a year or two in prison at most. as much as the act was insane, perhaps underneath it all lies a decent kid. the ones to seek justice is the family. the family forgave him. all should be well. i do not believe, in this particular case, ruining his life was the right choice. give him some mental health care.

    * Thoughts about the family forgiving him?

    he’s family. what else can you do? im sure he regrets it (i hope).
    as said before, the victim was the family. and if the family forgave him, there is no need to sentence him. it is not society that deserves that right. as crazy as it sounds, maybe even his mom in heaven forgives him. isn’t that what parents do?

    that being said, i agree with macauley.

  • i wish i bought a 360 to play halo 3 *frowny face* June 18, 2009 at

    im sry but that kid does look loopy from that pic.

    sry guy.

  • john July 20, 2009 at

    where was the water house picture taken and the 3d street art diving board taken also can the maker of this site email me about these two questions and one more as soon as possible

    • Media Influence July 20, 2009 at

      Hey john,

      Unfortunately I do not know where those specific street arts were taken. I’ll drop you a note.
      If you can please put further comments on 3d art on the relevant post. Thanks!

      Media Influence

  • _ July 31, 2009 at

    Halo 3 is not sexually explicit, it does have little blood, but is not gorey at all. The writer must have gotten it confused with Grand Theft Auto 4.

    My parents don’t let me play shooting games and I doubt they ever will. If a kid shoots his parents over a video game, he should never see a console ever again.

    It’s not a bad game, but when someone shoots his parents over it, it becomes very serious, Bungie or Microsoft Game Studios is not to blame for this, it is this messed up teenager thats too obsessed with games.

    • Media Influence July 31, 2009 at

      Actually I am only reporting, what was reported. I am not making the claim that Halo 3 was sexually explicit, in fact I’ve never played it so I can’t say.

      Perhaps the father was referring to something else, or making a general comment about some of the games his son was playing.

      - Media Influence

  • robo August 5, 2009 at

    I love halo. The media is stupid. my 3 year old plays halo and life is all good here. There is a problem wit the child and not the super sexual halo 3. Cortana better put some pants on

  • Aaron August 11, 2009 at

    Good Lord!

    Someone killed for Halo 3?
    I think theyre blaming the video games too much.

    I mean its violent and stuff.
    But it teaches you to kill bad guys, and aliens!

    Then about that sexually explicit part… geez…..
    Is there?

  • Tamie August 25, 2009 at

    Rob

    I think you need to check yourself if you are letting your three year old play violent games. There are many other games on the market that are more suitable for a three year old. You are introducing this child to violence at a very early age and it could come back to bite you.

  • RasZan August 30, 2009 at

    well, i’d have to say that the kid’s nuts. i mean im the same age as the dude & my parents let me play. also a person that has the guts to kill his parents over something as insignificant as a video came should be locked up, doesn’t matter if it was intentional or is he was loopy….

  • sue September 12, 2009 at

    Um, “frowny face” I don’t know where in the world you are getting the bathing suit notion. The boy’s father was 45. He was in his teens in the 1970s. Bikini bathing suits were big back then (as were those tight speedoes for men). Shunning or putting someone in jail for wearing a two piece would have been in the 1920s or 1930s.

  • Peter September 28, 2009 at

    One thing strikes me as odd. The father who is a minister does not want his son to play a violent video games, but he does have a 9mm handgun in the house…Maybe owning a handgun should be to blame and not a kick ass game like Halo 3. Next time when you hide something from your children don’t put it next to the thing which is made for killing people!

  • Media Influence September 28, 2009 at

    I don’t think it’s all that odd. Just because you own a gun doesn’t mean you are intending to go shooting people. I am sure the purpose was just for protection. Gun owning is pretty mainstream throughout most of the US (except the west & east coast).

    Also I am sure the blame falls on multiple points here, but completely neglecting violent video games, violent tv shows & movies would be naive. I myself being a guy, grew up watching such things and its always dramatized and glorified in the media. The idea of running around shooting things, being part of a group infiltrating some base shooting people.. all were things we were exposed to and got excited about. You see little boys running around pretending to shoot things all the time. I am sure this kid was not in the right frame of mind and probably over emotional when he did this, but if he never was exposed to such things throughout his youth, don’t you think there was a better chance of this not happening? I mean where did the boy even get the idea of shooting let alone shooting people? It doesn’t matter if it was shooting “bad guys” or “aliens” as someone noted above, it’s still something somebody (especially an impressionable youth) takes in regardless.

    Again I think the blame falls into multiple places, but I think violent games, movies and tv shows sure doesn’t help.

    Let’s just be thankful the boy was remorseful.

  • M J October 21, 2009 at

    I don’t really think they are blaming Halo 3 for the kid being violent. They are saying he did the act, because he didn’t get what he wanted.. Which just so happened to be playing Halo 3.

  • Honest Girl October 22, 2009 at

    Um…There is a chick on there that is half naked you know. And yes it is violent dumb a**. Any game that has anyone shooting someone else is considered VIOLENT. His dad had every right to deny him playing it…for one he was under the age of 18 living in there house, so as a parent he had that right. Don’t get me wrong though I love the game, but some people, especially a minister might not approve of it. The kid was clearly psychotic. He really had some issues that’s for sure!

  • a October 22, 2009 at

    The kid was obviously depressed and not thinking clearly. I agree with Media Influence. You can’t blame one thing on this. What the father or any parent do when they punish their kid; whether it’s a game, tv, cell phone, car keys, whatever; they should not just take away things irrationally to a kid that is troubled. They should try to help their kid in a positive way. Maybe the father could have played with his son. His father could make a deal… I don’t something like if you get an A on your report card I will let you play for a month whenever. etc. etc.
    This is a very sad and pathetic story though. Especially when I read, “Would you close your eyes, I have a surprise for you.”

  • dragonfyshe November 13, 2009 at

    Columbine!

    That’s it. One word. As MediaInfluence stated there is no one reason for this tragedy and tragedy it is. But lets face it. As more and more graphically violent games, movies, books etc come out, the more it desensitizes the population. Especially the youth. The people involved in school shootings like columbine have quite often said, or I should say left diaries or paperwork where they have stated how much they hate the world and want to be just like these heroes in the shooter games. I am not saying that just because you play these games or watch these movies it automatically means that you’re going to go out and commit violence. I am saying that there are certain personality types, troubled teens or adults for that matter, people with bipolar disorders or schizophrenia that has gone undiagnosed, depressed teens etc., who get desensitized to the violence and then are surprised that when they shoot someone they actually hurt them. I am not condoning nor defending Halo or any other role playing shooter as I don’t play them myself. Personally I think there’s more than enough violence in the world without playing a game that’s just more violent. However, you put being desensitized to violence, being bullied, perhaps having overly strict parents, (though I’m not saying that is the case here as I’m with the dad on saying no), and any other number of variables and unfortunately you get a young person who doesn’t know where to turn for help and sees the only way out is through violence.

    If you’re a Halo player enjoy!!!! As long as you always remember that it’s a game and not real life. As long as if you have troubles you go to someone for help and not use it as an excuse to vent your frustrations. I think most players are intelligent enough to know the difference. One thing that needs to be done by all youth – Halo player or not – is to keep the lines of communication open with your parents or a mature adult that you can trust.

    Being a teenager these days is a hell of a lot tougher than the “bikini” years. Peer pressure is unbelievable. In my view it’s hard enough to be a teenager without all the added stuff on tv etc that makes them so blase about violence, sex and drugs. I urge every teenager to be true to themselves. And please, please if you don’t like something your parents are disciplining you for, talk to them. Don’t shout, just talk. You’d be surprised how tough it is for a parent these days too. Our parents didn’t have to worry about the same things that parents today do.

    Enjoy yourselves, but use your own common sense. I truly believe that 99.9% of shooter players do both.

  • girlie December 14, 2009 at

    i totally agree with honest girl. You guys are all GUYS and you guys think everything is ok including voilence! of course its a violent game if it has shooting!! only a dumba** wouldnt know that!!! and the father had every right to take it away from him and he shouldnt risk losing his parents just for HALOW 3!!! i think that was very stupid of him to do!!! im not saying halow isnt fun but seriously that guy had issues!!!!:P

  • edgar December 22, 2009 at

    i see that the kid was mess up. people cant blame video games for other people to be acting out in violence when someone can not get there way. i blame the father for having a gun inn the house in the first place that guy should have let his son play it how can people say dont play violent video games but this a****** had a gun inn the house to me i see that to be strange.

    • cleancutmedia December 26, 2009 at

      yes there are a lot of different things to blame in a situation like this.. but the question is, would the kid have been less likely to have done what he did if he didn’t go through hours and hours of being desensitized to shooting people from an early age (even if it was just virtual). Even the military uses human like targets and video games to desensitize soldiers to killing people because killing a human being is hard even for the most trained individuals. Again there are many issues that come into play here, but the link between video games and violence is well documented as well.

      also I don’t see why owning a gun is strange while one is against violence or violent games. gun is not violence. gun used for protecting a family or hunting is not violence. It is a medium in which violence can be acted out. Having said that, unless you live in a dangerous neighborhood, I don’t see any reason a family needs to have a gun in the house.

  • nochi December 28, 2009 at

    wow. Now that’s crazy. I have to say though, it depends on the people. I, myself, am a 16 years old, and a videogame adicted. Though, I love going out with my friends, I read books, I listen music – Classic music too, by the way. I can say I play for like 5 hours a day, sometimes even more. If I don’t have shool or anything. At weekends, if I don’t go out with friends, I usually stay at home playing, so you can say it’s like 10 – 15 hours at minimal. I play since I was a child – I had problem with bullies at school, and all I could do myself was play at home, I felt safe while doing so. I live in Brazil. I never did an english class or anything, all the english I know I’ve learned while playing games. Everyday, before playing, I help my fathers cleaning the house and all that. I also have a little sister, and I take care of her everyday, too, since my parents have to work, and currently, she’s 9 years old, so I’m teaching her how to play. I, myself, like to play the Zelda franchise, the Metroid Franchise, the Tales of franchise, Mario, the Castlevania series, Final Fantasy and the list goes on and on. Videogames are a joy to play, they are fun, creative, and all that. That guy did what he did because he had serious mental problems.

  • tom lloyd January 12, 2010 at

    parred his mum and dad ther yes lad

  • Jevan January 27, 2010 at

    Ok im 12 and i play games lick that yes i mite be vilent at sometime but not because of halo. ya its sad but we all need to see the big picture he had a problem with his parents and came down to killing one of them. ya we all mite have thots lick that but ya he had a big problem.

  • zman February 2, 2010 at

    how does halo 3 have sexin it i mean really you see cortanas butt but shes a computer progaram

  • anenglishstudent February 28, 2010 at

    This was a great article, that will help me greatly with my project assignment. Thank you for writing a well-balanced and non-biased argument! Keep up the great work!

  • Some Man March 31, 2010 at

    I think there should be a law that permits individuals to play video games for a certain amount of time. My advice on the time limit shoulb be for about 30-38 minutes per week. People who play video games develop psychological problems, how come the world is still avoiding this subject. The human race can wipe itself out due to its own ignorance, and that problem will be enivitable if we dont start doing something about the decrease of general intelligence thats been occuring for about two decades. The number of intellectuals are decreasing while the number of mental retardation is rapidly increasing. We need to act fast, and we should start with video games !

  • John May 10, 2010 at

    Blaming the game is ridiculous, obviously the media is curving away from the truth that the son hated his parents, the only dumb part is that the child didnt plan ahead smart enough, if he did, he would have gotten away with it. Personally, I would have killed the father first, but thats just me.

  • dogieman June 4, 2010 at

    dude ist halo a game u only get one mother nd father but u could halo dude didnt u know that once u pulled that trigger their won’t be any more halo 3 or any thing else

  • Shawn June 14, 2010 at

    I’ve noticed that most of these people here are gamers, so I’ll ask the question. How many of you are sick and tired of our media constantly being criticized for causing insanity? There are literally thousands of gamers, and when one person snaps, they make us out to be bloodthirsty murderers. There is always some kind of mental instability there before anyone who does do something like this. Sane people can’t snap because of video games alone

  • nick June 20, 2010 at

    *** mate waht wasx going through that kids head when he did this insane act

  • FBI Statistics June 22, 2010 at

    Seriously, millions of people play “violent” Halo 3. The percentage of violent acts where video games are blamed is statistically negligible. Other much higher correlations exist. (Take soft drinks, for instance. Nearly 100 percent of all criminals have routinely had huge intakes of sugar and caffine. This is not a good sign.)

    All joking aside, let’s use logic. If A leads to B, then when more people partake of A, then we would be seeing more B. Over the last 20 years, as video games have become more popular, violent crime statistics have been in decline. It’s seriously all here on FBI.gov (http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2008/data/table_01.html). See for yourself. Crime increased heavily until 1993. It seems to me that’s about when video games really started to get good.

    Perhaps kids staying home rather than hanging on the corner with friends is a good thing and leads to less violent criminal activity. Perhaps you media bandwagoners should write about the ACTUAL STATISTICS for once.

  • bobo fet June 29, 2010 at

    i can understand why he shot his mom.

    HE’S 16 AND NOT ALLOWED TO PLAY HALO 3? what type of Bullsh** is that mom and dad?

    some part of me doesn’t blame him for what he did.his parents were probably way to strict. how would you feel if your friends played halo 3 and you can’t join in the fun b/c mommy dearest is controlling your life.

    killing isn’t the answer though. that was a bit too extreme. but maybe a good beating would suffice in his case (something i wouldn’t do either though)

  • Bez63 August 18, 2010 at

    Very interesting from a non american perspective, see you all talking about depressed teenager having extreme reaction to controling parents wonder if this wasn’t the straw that broke the camels back so to speak?(funny how they couldn’t control his mental illness away) perhaps more positive parenting and personal intervention may have yielded different results? I do play halo, have kids, monitor and regulate their gaming activities to age appropriate games and reasonable amounts. to me hearing there was a terrible tragedy when a depressed or otherwise mentally unwell teenager got hold of a HAND GUN does not surprise me. what sort of a society allows ordinary people to keep HAND GUNS in so obviously unsecure conditions in the family home? The fact that you are all surprised that there was a tragedy like this is totally mistifying to me. and to blame the video game? come on please, that may have been what the dispute was over but if the lad had of tryed to kill his parents with the game case he got from the “locked cupboard” things would be very different but then he didn’t have to! there was a gun in there as well wasn’t there!

  • Kemosabee September 13, 2010 at

    What is your initial reaction to the fact that a boy shot his parents over his obsession over a video game?

    My initial reaction is that I could understand the obsession with video games. And while it is and can be addicting to some people there is no real defense saying that he was under the influence. It makes it sound like a drug.

    Was the Father right to refuse to let his child play a game he found to be inappropriate considering his growing obsession?

    I think that the father was right. Especially considering the defense that he was under this influence. Parents are supposed to guide their children and teach them right from wrong. Garbage in Garbage out. That was the point he was trying to make and I think the kid proved it.

    What are your thoughts on the defense pleading “insanity” because of Halo 3?

    The TV made me do it. We all have become over desensitized to violence nudity and other things in video games movies and television. This game is sexually explicate in the fact that the A.I. that runs around is naked. The only thing you need on her to complete that picture is nipples. I don’t think most people realize that. So is this kid insane? Maybe. Because of a video game? No. We all have our own choices to make in life. I had much of the same when I was growing up with video games as well. Very much addicted and still am. My parents wouldn’t let me play them and even threw them away. Would I kill them for it. Hell no.

    Thoughts about the family forgiving him?

    Honestly I am glad to see this. It takes hard work and true love for a person to forgive them, especially for something like this. I don’t know if I could do it myself or not. I hope to never have to find out.

  • Jared September 30, 2010 at

    The game is not at all responsible. and the dad had all the right to take it away. he forbade him to go and get it (at the midnight release) and the kid went anyways

  • NZ Halo Chick October 1, 2010 at

    I don’t think that boy did what he did because he was deprived at an early age at all. Anyone who can kill someone, let alone their own mother, has it in their heart already to do it. It use to happen before violence was as exposed as it is nowadays.
    As for keeping a gun in the house, in our Country, no one has a gun in their house, I think its dumb how nearly everyone in the US own guns. Way too easy to access a weapon and the temptations always there.
    Halo is a mildly violent game, but there are alot more games that are more violent, like Gears of War.
    That boy should be locked up. There is no excuse for murder.

    Anyways, that boys a straight up addict.

  • Jobby October 2, 2010 at

    I have played grand theft auto since i was about 8 years old. i played halo, call of duty and even manhunt, and i have never once thought about hurting any of my parents or friends, the thought of doing so makes me sick. kids like this are giving video games a bad name. dont hate the game, hate the player.

  • jp October 20, 2010 at

    i think this kid is mesed up whell i would never kill my mother. dude i feel bad for you.my friend says you people suck. whell have a great life. get out of jail soon.

    PS. i think you guys are artards to. also why would you think that the game has sexual content. your wierd sorry guy.

  • AllieCat October 23, 2010 at

    Why don’t you guys check out the Lion and Lamb Project. I think It might Change your stupid empty headed brain.

  • AllieCat October 23, 2010 at

    Check out the letters under A Mothers Story

  • AllieCat October 23, 2010 at
  • Alikas Fashion Designs(allison) October 27, 2010 at

    Check out the Lion and the Lamb website. It might change your mind about Violence in video Games.

  • Alikas Fashion Designs(allison) October 27, 2010 at

    http://www.lionlamb.org/images/childsletter.jpg check this one letter to the lion and the lamb project

  • Melissa October 29, 2010 at

    Anyone see the irony in the fact he shot his parents, because they wouldn’t allow him to play a shooter game?

  • Bez October 31, 2010 at

    No doubt it is a very sad story, wonder what the specific nature of the illness or disorder the young person was suffering from is, clearly given events there has to be some sort of problem. The obssesive nature and non reciprocal empathy and self centred perspective (in both the father and the son) (my way or the highway) seem similar to what i see regularly in the contact that I have with people who have an ASD (Autistic spectrum disorder). Just cant help but wonder what the outcome may have been if more targeted interventions were made available to this young man and his family regardless of the exact nature of the problem? Blaming the game seems a sensationalist, reactionary knee jerk reaction to what I suspect is a very complex story that goes way beyond the young man being obsessed with any thing. At what point do we control what people think, at what point do we regulate what people are permitted to enjoy, you can find precedents through out history from Hitlers book burning to the middle ages. Always seems to me that censorship takes us backwards not forward. How much money has the crime, the trial, the incarceration and it’s ramifications cost the community? wouldn’t we be better served reallocating resources to stop many of these issues in all of our communities than punishing the fallout? Ah but that would take courage and commitment from society, suppose its much easier to point the finger at something we can distance ourselves from?

  • drmurda October 31, 2010 at

    “because it is very violent in nature and sexually explicit.”

    Sexually explicit? Rofl. If it was id be playing it right now, The only “sexual” thing about it is that there is a girl oor two in it. Fail.

    Also, yes the 16 year old shouldn’t of shot the parents, but if he has a job and is of the legal age of buying it, the parents have No rite to Steal the game from him.

    As I said before… just so fail…

  • cleancutmedia November 1, 2010 at

    hey everyone, great contributions!

    I don’t think anyone is here is trying to blame just the game itself. There is a lot that goes into a tragedy like this, but I think to neglect violence we find in media (movies, games, tv) is not wise either.

    If we lived our lives without seeing violence glorified, or learning how to “shoot a gun” through tvs, see how some cool main character in a film beat up and shoot up everyone, have our eyes light up seeing explosions galore… we wouldn’t even know where to begin in terms of violence.

    Back in WW1, only 1 in 5 soldiers even fired a gun. Why? The thought of shooting a human being was so foreign to them. Shoot a person? How can I do that? That’s someone’s father or someone’s son! So what did the US do? We trained them by having them shoot human shaped targets, and then created simulators (basically like video games) so soldiers can get used to shooting at people. Next world war, that stat skyrocketed. Everyone shot at a far higher rate, because they were conditioned to see humans as targets.

    Again, by all means, I don’t think anyone should blame a game for something so tragic. There are tons of other factors here as many have listed. No one is doing that here. But let’s not pretend that media has nothing to do with violence in our culture just because we like playing violent games.

    Part of the reason these kid of post are put up on cleancutmedia is with the hope that stories like this change us for the better. Help us become more aware and alert with how media can affect us and be sad and broken about the world around us. By just casting this aside saying it’s just some “dumb kid” just because we love playing these games makes us distance ourselves from the story (i.e. “i play this game, so it can’t be the game”).

    Also I feel like saying “i wouldn’t do this” is not a great argument… yes you might not do it, maybe you have better parents or more lenient parents. maybe you are more self-controlled then others.. but the fact of the matter is, it happened, stuff like this does happen.. I feel really sad many here are just cursing and ripping on this kid. It’s horrible what he did, but I personally feel very sad for this guy..

    I really appreciate the many well-thought out answers.

  • Rilan November 16, 2010 at

    Unfortunately, Halo is not like that at all. It is fantasy violence (similar to the type you see in games like The Legend of Zelda) and is not sexually explicit. The same thing happened to the game Mass Effect. Fox News labeled it pornographic, to the point that the player could choose where, when, how, and with who (and control…ah…movements) and this was simply not true. There is a 10 second scene in which a partial view of a behind and a tiny bit of side-breast. The “psychologist” and news anchor said they had only read the box, they didn’t need to play the game. I digress.

    If someone cannot tell the difference between fantasy and reality, cannot separate fantasy violence in a video game from real life violence — there is something bigger at work than the effects of a video game.

  • Daniel February 21, 2011 at

    In most cases the video game is not responsible for outburst of this nature, as many people have said it could be caused by anything “alchohol, drugs etc”

    But throughout my life I have seen people that “react” badly when playing video games, now I am not talking about someone “lashing out, or yelling” I am talking about people who “shake furiously, or blank out for periods of time” and these people shouldn’t be playing video games, or drinking.

    Now, in this particular case I believe video games did kill his parents, because as it was stated in the story this kid played for 18 hour days, holy shit. I love gaming myself, infact I play competitive gaming, but I have never topped over 12 hours of gaming in a day. And I can only remember a few times where I spent that much time.

    It just shows that kid on the last weekend got so hooked into Halo he just wanted to play it ALL the time, and when he got home he wanted to get the game straight then.

    Personally I “THINK” he went to the lockbox for the GUN, not the game as he testified. I believe he was furious that now he couldn’t play it when he is at home after playing it on the weekend for 18 hour days. So he thought he would be better off eliminating his parents because they don’t love him anyway, they won’t let him play Halo.

    Anyhow to sum this up, are video games responsible for killing people? 99% of the time, no. In this case, yes. He was too addicted to the game, I have seen heavy addiction.

    “If a crack addict can kill for crack, a gaming addict can kill for a game”

    And yes, addiction isn’t limited to just one thing.

    -Daniel

  • Lisa March 11, 2011 at

    Whether or not the game is violent or sexually explicit doesn’t matter. The idiot kid was playing it for at least 7-8 hours a day. Obviously something mentally wrong with him. His father had every right to put his foot down and take the game away. What the kid needed to do was go out a get a job after school. Unbelievable how people stick up for the idiot son!

  • Frank March 21, 2011 at

    Well, what do I think?

    Personally I blame the kid and the Parents NOT the game.
    I have been playing “violent” video games since I was seven and it hasn’t affected me at all.

    Sexual??? I have played the whole series and haven’t seen one sexual scene seen in it. One other thing that everybody has missed is that ESRB rated the game a 16+ and this kid is 16 so what is the problem?

    The dad then calls the game violent. yes the game is violent so what?
    Oh that’s because there are guns and a TINY bit of blood! Yeah so what this kid has probably seen violent movies and read violent books! go play/see dead space or left 4 dead or my personal favourite Gears of War.

    Also, the guy has a gun in his house. So It’s alright to have a gun in your house butnot alright to play a GAME with guns! Jeez what a hypocrite! Then “sexual”, god people have sex all the time and guess what? The parents had to have had sex to have had the kid. More Hypocriticness! And being his age he shall have been around friends and other people who have all had sex either with their girlfriends or random people. And let me tell you, people LOVE to talk to other people and tell them about the first ime they had sex!

    All that said don’t blame the game, blame the gamer.

  • Me April 15, 2011 at

    * What is your initial reaction to the fact that a boy shot his parents over his obsession over a video game?

    This kid must be insane. Who would ever attempt to kill their parents? And for video games? He must be a crazy video-game addict. He has to learn to stop.

    * Was the Father right to refuse to let his child play a game he found to be inappropriate considering his growing obsession?

    Yes. He made up the reasons obviously, but it wasn’t because of that; it was because the kid was addicted to it.

    * What are your thoughts on the defense pleading “insanity” because of Halo 3?

    I don’t blame it on the video game at all; I think it’s just because he didn’t have anything else to do. Maybe he had no friends. Maybe his parents forbid him to go outside; so he had to do something inside; such as video games. Anyone would pick video games over a book. However, he was addicted.

    * Thoughts about the family forgiving him?
    Well, they can’t stay depressed, and angry at their family member forever. Maybe they had to forget the past and move on. Something like that.

  • cameron May 10, 2011 at

    WOW the kid needs to be put to death. He killed his mother, who was probably innocent. He killed her and shot his father. Thats not cool. I think microsoft should have been sued and ESRB for rating it as a game with sexual themes in it. The kid really needs to be put to death. R.I.P to his mother.

  • preston August 18, 2011 at

    “..He was under the influence of Halo3..”Hahahah

  • Confused October 11, 2011 at

    Someone inform me how a video game spawns this behavior? For a child to murder his or her parents over a video game is more insanity on the childs part. This article makes it seem like this child was posessed by the video game and it made him do it. NO. Let’s take a recent incident for example: there was a child who took a hunting rifle he was given for his birthday and mortally wounded his mom by shooting her in the head because he did not want to do chores. Are you telling me that it’s the chores that caused the child to snap? Both are terrible examples of poor parenting combined with the child being mentally unstable. While video games can certainly increase bad habits like swearing, they do not cause them to turn into “ruthless killers”. Growing up plenty of little boys played with fake guns and pretended to shoot other people, now that type of play is completely unacceptable and banned in schools even though it never did any harm. I BLAME THE PARENTS.

  • rachel December 12, 2011 at

    This is an example of those teens that got influenced by violence at a young age and shows at-risk youth behaviors. That could have not happened if they just would have raised him away from violence or any other sort of addiction or vices. I only hope that parents will learn a lot from this.

  • Kiri June 16, 2012 at

    Can none of you see he has BIG problems? Hello!!! He killed his mother over a stupid video game. He wounded his father too. Seriously, I think the game should be banned.

  • Gamer July 22, 2012 at

    The game is fine The kid is a little loopy but jeez the dad should have just let him play it and kiri is a dumb*** if he thinks it should be banned

  • nfgldekgmnf November 29, 2012 at

    for crying out loud! halo 3 has no sexual content whatsoever! and the game SUCKS!!! the graphics suck the controlls suck and i got halo 4 a few weeks ago and its MUCH better than that dumbag game!but whatever, the kid shouldve thought about his future in jail or not having parents! and halo 3 might be a bit violent but this halo were talking about! the kid was an IDIOT!!!

  • ultimate gamer November 29, 2012 at

    OK first of all halo 3 sucks the controlls suck the graphics suck and i just got Halo 4 the day it came out and its much better than Halo 3 and nor halo 3 or halo 4 have sexual content OK, maybe how cortanas mentally,technicly,basicly and roboticly sort of naked, but other wise the ratings are enough to be rated T so the kid was a dummy for murdering and trying to murder his mom and dad. what an idiot.

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