Saturday 23 June 2018

Toxic cocktail of circumstances that turned a family man into a murderer

Drink and drugs seem to lie at the heart of helpful neighbour and loving father Mark Hennessy's transformation into a despicable killer, writes Dr Patrick Randall

Last Journey: More than 100 people attended the funeral of murderer Mark Hennessy in Dublin yesterday. Picture: Fergal Phillips
Last Journey: More than 100 people attended the funeral of murderer Mark Hennessy in Dublin yesterday. Picture: Fergal Phillips

How does a seemingly normal 40-year-old family man lose all sense of perspective and transform into an enraged murderer who callously took the life of an innocent young woman, an accountancy student, making her way home on a Saturday evening?

Were these dormant, deviant personality characteristics or psychopathic traits, hidden from view waiting for the perfect conditions to reveal themselves?

Was this a man whose levels of stress and anger exceeded his coping abilities, resulting in the primal and depraved actions that led to the death of Jastine Valdez?

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