As I read the details of the beauty salon slayings I was sickened to my stomach. Not only did Scott Dekraai take out his ex-wife but seven additional, innocent people as well. To further prove his evil, we now know he was also a coward. When arrested, he had several guns in his possession, was wearing a bullet-proof vest and surrendered meekly to the police for fear of being shot himself. What a man he is, huh?
But, one question remains and I don’t have an answer for it. Maybe you do.
His ex-wife, Michelle Fournier, had told friends on more than one occasion that she believed her ex-husband was going to kill her. “He is not right…He’s going to kill me.’” she confided recently to her new boyfriend. She was also quoted as saying to another friend that he had threatened to come to her workplace and kill her and everyone there.
So, what options did Michelle Fournier have here? She knew her crazy ex was not going to go peacefully into the night but she still had to work and support herself and her young son. There is no record, to this point, that she shared her fear to her boss at the salon. Let’s assume she did so. What does he do with this horrific information? Hire a security guard? Install a steel reinforced door with a buzzed entry for any visitors or customers? That would prevent the coward from strolling in, yes. But, it might also scare off potential and ongoing clients thus hurting the salon’s reputation that it has become a fortified bunker against a murderous nut case. Business would inevitably drop off. Maybe dramatically.
What to do, what to do?
My main reason in asking this question is that we have not seen the end of angry spouses who want to exact a fatal vendetta against their ex who won a recent custody case. As tragic as the events in Seal Beach were, it will happen again somewhere else. What responsibility does the custody winning spouse have to warn fellow co-workers and customers against an attack? What responsibility does a store owner have to use the information given to anticipate a future rampage?
I don’t have the answer. Obviously, Ms. Fournier and her salon employer didn’t, either. How much prevention is necessary to save lives if only a verbal threat has been made?
It is too late to save the victims of this horrendous assault but if it is possible to come up with a strategy to protect future family, clients and friends of spouses who are in danger, we need to implement it sooner than later.
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