I had the opportunity to speak to a parishioner at church yesterday, who happens to be an employee of the Orange County Superior Court and was knowledgeable about what happened last Monday after Bonnie Hoult and Elizabeth Fontaine entered into their murder-suicide pact that killed Elizabeth's two little daughters, Catherine and Julia.
I expressed to this person that I was also praying for the judicial officer in that case, Commissioner Thomas Schulte. The employee indicated that he took this very, very hard and was crying when he learned of the children's deaths. Commissioner Schulte is, sadly, no stranger to tragedy, having lost his wife to cancer and, a few years after that, his teenage son in a horrific car crash.
But the employee also mentioned that Commissioner Schulte was being demonized in comments and blogs - oh, he should have done this, or done that, or . . .
Bullshit. No one could have foreseen something as bizarre as Bonnie and Elizabeth having such a twisted relationship that they would have done something like this. So for those fools that would make irresponsible statements like "Thomas Schulte has blood on his hands," STFU, okay? While it was a high conflict case, the worst scenario that anyone could have imagined was a possible abduction back to Texas, but the last thing that was expected from a lawyer who worked for a top notch firm was that she'd kill her kids. It is really easy to be that Monday morning quarterback when you don't know a friggin' thing as to how the family law courts work.