Double-murder/suicide by mother set up for psychiatric pass

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'Investigators believe the mother of a 3-month-old girl was the shooter in a double-murder-suicide that left her, her husband and their infant daughter dead last week, a police source said.
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But a police source said Mary Jo Trokey is believed to have been the shooter. Investigators are tracking her purchase of a gun in the days before the shooting that occurred late Thursday or early Friday. They are investigating mental illness as a possible factor, the source said.

Experts on mental illness in new mothers say it’s possible postpartum psychosis may have played a role in the deaths.

Postpartum psychosis is a rare disorder marked by delusional and irrational behavior that is triggered by pregnancy and childbirth.'

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Real or another excuse?

Perhaps I've become too skeptical, but I now wonder if postpartum depression is just another excuse for failing to hold women accountable for their behavior. This seems part of the "she didn't something wrong, she must be mentally ill" syndrome often used to excuse female behavior.

But if it's real, perhaps we should simply ask women who buy if they've had a child within the last 12 months. If they have, then no gun purchase allowed. Apparently, the depression subsides after 12 months. The information could be placed in a database so it's available when a background check is run.

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