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The bad economy didn’t murder the Lupoe family

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By Michelle Malkin  •  January 28, 2009 12:03 AM


The Lupoe children: Brittney (8), Jazmin and Jassely (5), and Benjamin and Christian (2).

I think it’s disgusting how Los Angeles politicians and the MSM tried to turn the horrific suicide-murders involving Ervin and Ana Lupoe and their five children today into an object lesson about the bad economy.

The Lupoe parents lost their jobs at Kaiser Permanente. From the way Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa milked the case, you’d think they were unjustly and unexpectedly laid off as a result of corporate belt-tightening:

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the city and county have hotlines available for people in desperate straits, including job centers, counselors and suicide hotline workers. “Know we are waiting with a helping hand and an open heart,” he said.

The New York Times perpetuated the Desperate Times story line:

“A man who recently lost his job allowed the despair to put him over the edge,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who held a news conference outside the house. “Unfortunately, this has been an all-too-common story in the last few months. But that does not and should not lead people to resort to desperate measures.”

A man killed his ex-wife, her parents and friends at a Christmas party in West Covina last month after losing his job. In October, a 45-year-old father of three shot and killed his wife and children in their Porter Ranch home after describing financial stress in a suicide note.

Mayor Villaraigosa urged Los Angeles residents experiencing financial stress to talk to friends and neighbors and seek counseling “to get back on their feet and keep their families afloat.”

But if you actually read the rambling, crazy letter Lupoe sent to KABC TV in Los Angeles, you’ll see that he was up to his eyeballs in serious employment troubles that had little if anything to do with the economic downturn.

More: “It looks like there may have been grounds for the termination,” Los Angeles police Capt. William Hayes said.”

This selfish, disturbed, evil individual — possibly with his wife’s consent and/or cooperation — made a premeditated decision to murder his 8-year-old daughter and two sets of twins (5-year-old girls and 2-year-old boys), his spouse, and then himself rather than leave the children “in someone else’s hands.”

Kaiser Permanente didn’t kill those innocent children. The bad economy didn’t kill those innocent children. Ervin Lupoe killed those innocent children. It’s bloody rotten of the press and the pols to make this cowardly murderer of innocents look like the victim of happenstance.

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