Cop Killer’s Friends Explain Why He Did It: I Was Depressed and Had a Fight With My Family

“He used to have a truck and then I only saw him on bikes. He had all kinds of ideas for that place, but all his dreams ended up failing,” said Dubosq.”

from Accused in police killing depressed: friends, CBC News January 14th, 2011

When will it end . . . this practice of people claiming depression or bipolar or whatever other ailment of the day is readily available as a means of deflecting responsibility.

Following his maniacal run at the control of a stolen snowplow in which he ran over Sergeant Ryan Russell, killing the 35 year old veteran of the Toronto Police Force who left behind a wife and young child, Richard Kachkar 44 of no fixed address was plunged (that’s right plunged) into the “irreversible darkness” of “depression and suicidal thoughts” reported the CBC’s John Lancaster because of a . . . major feud with his family.


Kachkar's Facebook Profile tells little beyond musical tastes

Well now this changes everything, it all makes sense. Have a fight with your family – steal a snowplow and go on a rampage spanning several hours in which one of our heroic men in blue is murdered – that’s right murdered, because you had a fight with your family.

I get it now, instead of expressing my feelings during a recent spat with Jennifer – who is Bipolar by the way, in which we both talked through the issue, I should have looked for the nearest heavy machinery lot and went on my own rampage and tried to level a few buildings in town.

Of course Kachkar, who had recently trained to operate heavy machinery and according to  Transport Training Centres of Canada president John Beadry, required a doctor to sign off before a license could be issued, stated that there was no indication he was unstable.

In fact it would appear that Kachkar, who himself is a father of an 18 year daughter, was a big dreamer who was long on fanciful feats of success versus actually rolling up his sleeves and getting in the real-world arena that is life.

I mean this is a guy who bought a building with the intention of turning it into a computer store and, almost immediately defaulted on his second mortgage payments.  When the building’s owner Roger Dubosq would attempt to collect the money he was owed, Kachkar would invariably tell him that he didn’t have the money because his wife (I would imagine prefaced by the word “ex”) “took everything from him.”  Ahhh, yet another cruel life circumstance conspiring against the noble entrepreneur.

Why Dubosq sold him the building in the first place I will never know – perhaps Kachkar is a smooth talking manipulator as so many narcissists are, who  envision themselves to be something above the rest of us mere mortals.

I personally believe that this is the motivation behind why Kachkar did what he did.  Specifically, the collision between his egotistical view of grandeur and the harsh actuality of a real world in which there are rules and responsibilities.  Perhaps spending what is purported to be his first night ever in a homeless shelter was too much for the man to bear?

But to actually do what he did is beyond reasonable thought and is more indicative of a selfish act of lashing out at the world versus taking a personal inventory to see if maybe, just maybe the problems in his life may be of his own making.

Whatever the reasons, there is a young widow who has lost her life partner, and a little child who will never really know his father but through the sad and tenderhearted memories of family members.

This above all else is what both saddens and angers me, and it is about time we took a much more scrutinizing view towards the individuals who perpetrate these crimes, and then claim mental illness as a justification for their actions.  After all, wasn’t it William Melchert-Dinkel who tried to use autism as an explanation for why he hunted down people in suicide chat rooms, and recognizing that they were vulnerable, try to talk them into taking their lives while convincing them to let him watch via web cam.  Melchert-Dinkel’s, or the Serial Suicide Killer as I have come to call him, trial is slated to begin in April.

I guess that we can all take a little solace in the fact that insanity pleas are, as I called them in my November 18th post (Is an insanity plea the only remaining option in Serial Suicide Killer’s efforts to avoid prison?), the equivalent of the Hail Mary pass in football in that they rarely work.

In fact, according to renown criminal profiler Pat Brown who has been a frequent guest on the PI Window on Business, the ones who are truly insane usually never claim insanity as they consider the possibility of something being wrong with them as being both absurd and insulting.

Whether or not Kachkar will claim insanity is still to be seen.  However, you will excuse me if I reserve my sympathy for Sergeant Russell’s family.

Do you agree with me on this point.  If you do, then leave a comment on this blog expressing your thoughts.

If you don’t you are of course welcome to do the same, but I would suspect that you will find yourself in the minority.


2 Responses to “Cop Killer’s Friends Explain Why He Did It: I Was Depressed and Had a Fight With My Family”
  1. ZEKE says:

    I totally agree with the fact that just because you have an arguement with your family and things are going wrong that you can’t lash out on others. Even if you have an illness there are ways of dealing with that, as you have stated. However, I think the family feud was just the trigger to it all and not the actual cause. I doubt very much that he went on the rampage just because of that one little thing. I think he has suffered through this illness for a long time and wasn’t getting help for it. During Bipolar depressions normal problems in life are multiplied and you do actually “plunge” into darkness.

    I don’t know what level of depression’s Jennifer goes into but with severe cases talking out of the problem is not possible. I’ve gone though these deep depressions and you just don’t care about anything. For example, I was kicked out of my apartment because it was deemed a health hazard. I won’t go into the details but you can imagine what it must have looked like and smelled. You just don’t care. You don’t get any pleasure out of life. None. There is no feeling of hope. However, I never took it out on anybody else.

    I also have an explanation for his “egotistical view of grandeur” and “fanciful feats of success”. BiPolar means you go through cycles of depression and “mania”. During these mania’s you think you are on top of the world.
    Superman. You can accomplish anything. You spend money you don’t have, you try to do things that you are physically unable to and think you are better than anybody else. This isn’t a case of a normal person going through bad life experiences, it’s a mental illness.

    However, the number of people claiming to have this illness is out of control! THAT is the problem. Lawyers and the system allow people to get away with this kind of thing. Like I said, though, I’ve gone through all this and never lashed out on other people, just was destructive when it came to my own life. I have since received medical help via prescriptions and talk therapy and am getting my life back.

    I want to be clear about the fact that I am not defending what he did, mental illness or not.

    • Thank you for sharing your personal story Zeke. It is meaningful, powerful as well as balanced.

      I certainly do understand the swings between depression and mania . . . all too well from my experiences with Jennifer.

      But here is the thing, and so aptly pointed out by yourself as well as experts . . . there are between these swings of invincibility and utter darkness the periods of lucidity where you do have opportunities to make the right choices. For you, as well as Jennifer, there was an acknowledgment that something was wrong and that you sought to do something about it by seeking help.

      While it is always dangerous to broadly apply a single assessment across the board, the fact remains that you nor Jennifer chose to deal with your illness by stealing a snowplow and killing a police officer. If you could do it – especially given your story about the apartment, then there is no reason why Kachkar would not have had the option to make different choices as well. In short, you did not use it as a crutch but took positive action.

      Kachkar chose a different course and claiming depression etc. as an excuse is an insult in my estimation to individuals like yourself and Jennifer who do make the positive choice.

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