Laurel Harper remembered her 26-year-old son as perpetually mad at the world.
“I mean, he was born angry, pretty much,” said the mother. “I mean, even the doctor said this is one angry baby.”
At age 5, he tried to jump out of her moving car, she said. In his later years, he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, which can limit social development and lead to behavioral meltdowns. He took medications but by age 18 gave them up because of side effects.
He continued to rage. “I would just try to, try to, like, defuse,” she said. “And there was one time when he pointed a shotgun at me.”
She calmly talked him down. She never called the police then or other times...