Have you ever been depressed? Most of us at some interval in our life have suffered at the hand of "The Dark Lady". Some may have lost a job, a spouse, perhaps you lost your savings in a market crunch, but really, depression is a commonplace ailment of the 21st Century and is hardly a motive or can be a justifiable alibi for murder.
There is a multitude of reasons that can trigger depression, and an equally abundant list of medications called "Anti-Depressants" that can be prescribed to treat this illness. Whether these prescribed treatments work, would be something that would have to be discussed with your physician. Based on studies, many of these so-called "DDD'S" (Designer Depression Drugs) are laced with side-effects, and it would be highly recommended to research any before you began any form of treatment, rather than become the proverbial "Medical Guinea Pig".
Based on information provided by relatives and friends, Crespi had suffered from depression for the past 5 years and was currently ""seeing some of the finest doctors in North Carolina".
Kimberly K. Crespi, stated that he had recently been prescribed a new medication. According to Charlotte Observer, he had recently undergone treatment for Testicular Cancer, with claims that he had "beat it"!
He had two children, by his previous wife, Kimberly Ann Crespi who died from Brain Cancer in 1993.
In the January 21st, 911 call, Krespi admitted killing his children and threatened suicide. Police declined to say what they believe led to the slaying of 5-year-old Samantha and Tessara Crespi and would not release the 911 tape because it's part of the investigation.
Sources stated that the girls received multiple stab wounds and were found in separate rooms of the 4900 sq Ft, half a million dollar home. When authorities arrived, Crespi was waiting in the front yard. Sources said, he "surrendered without resistance".
Meanwhile, Mrs. Crespi, stepped out for about an hour to go the beauty salon for a haircut and was intercepted by authorities before returning, pulled into a neighbors house and told that her husband had murdered her daughters.
The three older Crespi children, ranging from ages 9-17, including two from the previous marriage to Kimberly Ann, were at school. Sources state that the two older children were adopted by Mrs. Crespi.
As a Mother of three, I don't know if I could have survived that moment, and my heart and deepest sympathy goes out to Mrs. Crespi and her children. My question to Mrs. Crespi is, why would you leave two 5-year old children alone with a man, who decided to stay home from work, who was currently being treated for depression and on a new medication? This was as sources stated, "Two Educated People"!
As for Mr. Crespi, so far in most of the reports from online sources, no motive has been mentioned. Irrespectively, given his status quo credentials, to include his involvement in the church, being an upstanding part of the illustrious "Deerfield Community", his membership of the "Sacramento State Dynasty, along with his prestigious position with Wachovia Bank, is an indication that "Money Talks" in this society.
From that viewpoint, if that same situation were reversed, to reflect an economically crippled family whose husband was suffering from depression, would the media go to such indepth retrospect into the blue-collar workers life?
Would the media for example, state that he attended Gaston College, worked full-time at a tire-changing company and in debt for his student loan? Would they mention that he had lost one wife to a debilitating disease, had been diagnosed himself with another disease...etc? Would they call his neighborhood "Down-scaled"? Already, the media is coloring this entire scenario of this "Boyscout-Father-Of-The-Year-Upper-Class Murderer" with subtle shades of "Insanity". After spending exorbitant amounts of money, he will more than likely end up in an upscaled treatment facility and be released in a few years to live in another upscale neighborhood, with perhaps another wife and new family.
David L. Crespi, brutally murdered his two precious 5 year old daughters, and the authorities found them in separate rooms of the house. Did he murder one child, inflecting multiple stab wounds and afterwards seek out the other child? Perhaps he stabbed one little girl, while the other child watched. Terrified, she started screaming and ran into the other room, trying to escape him. Perhaps, he ran after her and continued to brutally stab her to death.
Evidently, the evidence that the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police came upon that afternoon was so horrifying and diabolical that counselors were ordered for the officers that witnessed the aftermath.
What triggered this man to do such a thing? Were the children "misbehaving" while he was fixing lunch? Sources state it took place around 12:45 pm, and evidently, he had something in his hand that allowed him to stab them.
Again, we have an executive, who currently suffered from insomnia and had taken medication to help him sleep, had been introduced to a new anti-depressant, took a day off from work, and was left to manage two 5 year old children.
As a mother of three grown sons and two grandchildren ages 2 and 4, it's difficult for men who have relatively normal mental faculties to cope with the behaviorism's of that age group. Yet, Mrs. Crespi, giving her husbands depressed state, allowed the two children to be left with him, on what apparently may not have been a good day for him, to say the least.
Samantha and Tessara, acting as normal 5 year old children, perhaps playing in their "Winnie the Poo" decorated room as they normally did when Mommy was home, were just too much for "Depressed Crespi" on a day that he decided to stay home, perhaps Crespi felt that he couldn't even handle the challenges of his job on that particular day?
Did Mrs. Crespi suddenly "decide" to get her hair done that day, leaving a sick husband in charge?
Will this be the road that "Defense Attorney's" will travel with Crespi, given his predisposition to a history of depression? Could there have been a chemical reaction to the sleeping medication and the new Anti-Depressant Crespi was taking?
Again, he was under the care of some of the "Finest Doctors in North Carolina
In my opinion, to allow a parent to escape criminal punishment because they are "depressed" will be opening a door that we do not want to open! In my opinion, to allow Crespi to ride the "Psychotic Pony", will give way to more stressed out parents, that feel they are justified in taking out their agressions on their children. This is definately not a message we need to send, irregardless of social status.
In 2004, Over 50 percent of the N.C. children murdered, were killed by their parents or other caregivers and the marjority of those children were under 4 years of age.
Please, readers, if someone you know is suffering from depression, anxiety, and especially if they have had a history of taking anti-depressants, or undergoing treatment for depression or any other psychotic condition, please be cautious when giving them charge of your children.
If you are a Mother, Father, or Granparents that care for children, and have reached the point that you are not in control, if you have episodes of lack of self worth, un-controllable anger, and/or rage and feel that you could harm someone, including yourself and especially your children, Please, for God's sake, check into a hospital and get some help!
Source: Deborah Nuckles
Photos: News 6, Charlotte Observer