There was another major drop in the Dow yesterday. But unfortunately, it’s not just Wall Street finding themselves casualities of the declining U.S. financial market:
The only hints of trouble in the big beige house on Como Lane were the newspapers in the driveway and the lack of any activity behind the front door.
But when police summoned by worried friends of the residents got inside Monday, they found a horror — six members of a family fatally shot in a murder-suicide committed by an unemployed man in financial crisis.
The body of 45-year-old Karthik Rajaram, a gun clutched in one hand, was found by officers who followed a trail of carnage through the home in a gated community in the Porter Ranch area of the San Fernando Valley.
His victims, most slain in their beds, were his wife, three sons and his mother-in-law.
This sounds eerily similar to a story I read last week:
A 90-year-old Ohio woman, facing eviction from the home she has lived in for 38 years, shot and wounded herself this week, becoming a grim symbol of the U.S. home mortgage crisis.
Addie Polk was found lying on the floor of her home with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to her shoulder when police came to the home on Wednesday to serve an eviction notice, Akron police spokesman Lt. Rick Edwards said on Friday.
Polk survived the shooting and is being treated in a hospital.
It was the latest attempt by sheriff’s deputies to evict Polk from her modest single-family home because she could not keep up with her mortgage.
Don’t get me wrong: I think these kind of instances are pretty rare and extreme. And while I can’t excuse anybody who would put their lives and the lives of others at risk simply because of financial problems, I’d be naive in thinking that many Americans won’t be affected in one way or another by the financial mess we’re facing.
Though I’m truly hope that my guy wins this upcoming election, I’m at the point where I’m willing to accept anybody who is able to help in fixing this crisis. So my new prayer is that the country makes the right decision; whatever that might be. The stakes of this election could never be higher. Something has to be done about this economic meltdown or we all stand to lose. For some, this financial crisis will only translate into one less vacation a year. For others, it will translate into one less day to be alive.