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Attorney: Conn. man who
shot masked son devastated

Associated Press, by John Christofferson

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Posted By:SoCalGal, 10/2/2012 9:26:49 AM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A popular teacher who fatally shot a knife-wielding prowler in a ski mask and then learned it was his 15-year-old son is devastated and filled with questions about what the boy was doing, his attorney said Monday.(Snip) Giuliano and his wife adopted Tyler and his sister about four years ago. The children's biological father was heading to prison, and the children would have gone into an orphanage if the couple, who had three other children, had not adopted them, Zingaro said.

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Although he seems to have been happy with "Mr. G" and his family, no one could say that this boy had had a healthy childhood before that. He was eleven when adopted. A lot of damage can occur in eleven years.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: RTC60, 10/2/2012 9:47:17 AM     (No. 8903941)

My youngest daughter adopted 3 much younger children we had known since their birth. Their dad went to prison, and mom's new "partner" was her drug supplier, sex supplier, and (as we discovered) a child molester. In the intervening decade since we reported it to the police and the children were removed from their family "home", we have learned all we need to know about Reactive Attachment Disorder, and more! If I had to guess, I'd guess that this teen had it. My daughter read an earlier article about this incident, and recognized typical behaviors immediately. God knows she's had the chance to see them up close!


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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird, 10/2/2012 10:04:44 AM     (No. 8903969)

One of the persons who said she had cared for this boy before the Giulianos adopted him "wailed" that "he just wanted to be loved". ("Wailed" in quotation marks because that was the term used in the article about her remarks.)

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Reply 3 - Posted by: jorgecito, 10/2/2012 10:09:05 AM     (No. 8903977)

Well that's a bit of critical new information -- that the young man was adopted.

I once added up all the children I had known who were adopted, and could think of only one --out of about 20-- who was happy and well-adjusted. I am very pro-life, but also realistic; and this is a sad reality.

God bless people who have the courage to adopt, and who go into it clear-eyed and well-informed.




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Reply 4 - Posted by: TheMotherCO, 10/2/2012 10:32:31 AM     (No. 8904036)

My uncle and aunt adopted two children from different parents - the girl attempted to kill them in their beds - turned out to have been listed as not adoptable - the boy was fine, pays to have evaluations of birth parents.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: logiclogger, 10/2/2012 11:44:25 AM     (No. 8904191)

Gerald Ford and Dave Thomas were adopted. Most depends on the age at adoption and the enviroment raised before being adopted. Another critical factor is substance abuse during pregnancy.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: earlybird, 10/2/2012 11:48:51 AM     (No. 8904208)

Re #5, the birth mother was a self-admitted crack addict before Tyler was born. Her eldest child, a toddler daughter, was killed in a "fiery" crash that occurred because the mother was out on drugs. She was pregnant at the time with Therese, the other child adopted by the Giulianos. Tyler came third. The mother says she is still fighting her addiction.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: rael, 10/2/2012 12:03:59 PM     (No. 8904251)

Sounds like he was going to rob or kill someone.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: lakerman1, 10/2/2012 12:14:42 PM     (No. 8904287)

My guess is that the boy was trying to break in to Mr. G's sister's house, holding a knife, to rape or murder her, or both.
Mr. G should take consolation in the fact that he probably saved his sister's life.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Emerson, 10/2/2012 1:30:06 PM     (No. 8904490)

In another article, posted the other day, his online forum comments were said to have been "melancholy". But in that same period, leading up to this sad incident, his friends and relatives said he was the "same old Tyler". Unchanged.

There was a huge disconnect in this kid's life. Not uncommon. If people "seem" OK, we're not apt to see that anything is wrong with them.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Emerson, 10/2/2012 1:32:28 PM     (No. 8904498)

Re #8, Tyler went after his gun-wielding father with the knife. His father was fully exposed, dressed in only a tee shirt and shorts. The boy could see who his father was, could hear and recognize his voice.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: toodles3956, 10/2/2012 5:36:49 PM     (No. 8905147)

Such a horrible story but if dad hadn't shot when he did, dad would have been the dead one.

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