So, why did "Cassie Jo Have To Go?" Apparently, because two bored, and at the time, extremely morbid teen boys, fancied her as perfect for the first victim in what they planned to be the start of a mass murdering spree.
This case is as bizarre as it is tragic. A good portion of the teens conspiring is video taped or on paper. There is an overwhelming amount of evidence, and zero doubt of the pairs guilt. The needless and tragic loss of innocent life is palpable. So what's the catch here right, where is the Juvenile Justice Reform ?
There isn't one. No one's getting out of anything for free on this one. There is no free lunch. This one here is about rehabilitation. The defendants were children at the time of the murder As kids tend to do, the pair continued to grow into their full physical, cognitive, and spiritual capacity. That is why, after all - it is unethical to lock away all children offenders for life. The boys that murdered Cassie are now men, and the difference between them is as contrast as night and day. These guys have been in jail for almost a decade. My how time can change a man. Well, at least some men. You couldn't pay me to back the release of Tori Adamcik. From what I know of the Department of Corrections policies, and more particularly the State Parole Board, the very wording of their mission statement to the public forbids it. It is painfully evident both Tori and his parents avoid taking ANY
accountability for Tori's role in the slaying. In fact they openly deny it and instead heap all blame squarely on the shoulders of his co-defendant Brian Draper. One needn't peer deeply to see Tori has yet to use even a single day of his incarceration for good. Brian on the the hand, is a virtual picture of regret, remorse, accountability, and rehabilitation. When he speaks of the crime, or Cassie Jo Stoddard, in any light, you can see the weight of his guilt. He should feel guilty. He helped to extinguish the life of a vibrant & young 16 year old girl. Neither of the boys had any of the stereo typical reasons to have committed the crime they had. Both came from modest households, free from abuse, economic hardship, and strife. They had the caring, loving supervision of parents and knew not the pains of neglect or abandonment. However, while Brian openly admits his part in the crime - and visibly struggles with that realization, he has progressed through his acceptance and guilt, to the point of now attempting to live and behave in a manner becoming to the honoring the memory of Cassie Jo Stoddard.
Tori on the other hand, claims full innocence and zero responsibility. You can witness his own parents force feed him this ridiculous notion. Watching it, you get a sense of how such a detached child came into existence in the first place. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fo3XoTyvpVA
It's sad to witness, isn't it ? These parents obviously and desperately cling to the belief that there precious baby boy could never have been a participant in such a gruesome murder. Tori seems more than happy to play along, having become devoid of independent thought from years of excessive co-dependant coddling from his parents.
Affluenza - children who have a sense of entitlement, are irresponsible, and make excuses for poor behavior because their parents have not set proper boundaries.