Early am on Thurs. a call for help. Dorothy Faulkner, 49 and her husband Damion Faulkner, 36, were rushed to the hospital. Police were told that the couple had awakened shortly before 6 am by an hispanic male with spiky hair, a stocky build, approx. 6 ft. tall. An intruder. According to statements the intruder fled without taking anything from the home. The couple’s two children were in bed asleep during the attack and only woke at the sound of breaking glass.

At the hospital, Dorothy Faulkner was pronounced dead of several stab wounds. Damion Faulkner was treated for minor injuries and released. And it was time for his police interview. By that time police had had time to review some of the evidence and they  have said that the evidence did not match the intruder story.

Hours later Faulkner confessed. He told police that he and his wife had been having financial and relationship problems. And he admitted to stabbing his wife. He also admitted to stabbing himself in an attempt to stage the crime scene to support the intruder story.

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I’m too young of course to remember the Great Depression, but during history class I heard the stories. The fall of the stock market, those who had invested in a panic and the number who committed suicide rather than admit to their family and friends that they were now broke.

Things are different now. The stock market hasn’t crashed, banks are not closing. But the economy is definately on a downswing. People accustomed to one standard of living, now struggling, sometimes unable to maintain that standard.

In the thirties, men often made most of the families financial decisions, were the family providers and saw themselves as protectors of the family. Now it is usually the couple that makes those decisions, the couple that are the providers and protectors of the children. And because both couples made the decisions, this can lead to blaming each other. I fear that as the economy remains on the down swing that we may see more of these or worse.

Financial problems threaten that self-esteem that was gained by being successful. Often there is depression associated with financial problems. And the associated hopelessness, the feeling that nothing will ever be good again, the feeling of being inadequate and unable to provide can prevent a person from seeing any hope of light at the end of the tunnel, any solution to the financial problems.



  1. July 8, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    The economy and the stress related to its peril is having a significant impact on our entire nation. The additional financial strain can have a fatal impact especially to those in abusive relationships i.e. domestic violence and stalking. As a survivor and a advocate it is very important that blogs like this exist to help the general public realize that domestic violence and stalking are real.

    For those of you reading this who are in abusive relationships you are not alone. If you have recently fled your abuser help is near as there are many of us who share in your pain and your sorrow. These days a survivor must plan on their abuser becoming a stalker either in the traditional sense or the new criminal epidemic known as cyberstalking.

    Domestic violence and stalking are criminal acts; no one should have to live or work in fear.

    One person can make a difference.

    Great blog!


    Alexis A. Moore

  2. Neal's Mom said,

    August 17, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Sadly the “intruder” story is used all too often, and is usually viewed with quite a bit of skepticism by law inforcement, especially when there is one survivor. At least he didn’t kill his children as well. Our intruder did.

  3. Marissa said,

    October 1, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    I think it’s overly simplistic, though on the surface your post was logical, to blame marital discord or even violence on the downswing of our economy. When a marriage is weak at its core, anything–and I mean anything–can send it spiraling out of control: a new baby; redecorating; finances; heck, a weakened marriage can even be destroyed from one spouse’s obsession with something banal, like love of golf. When a marriage is strong at its core, finances may sometimes strain it, but not break it. I doubt very much that the go-go eighties when we were all making money meant that all marital violence and murder stopped, or lessened. Of course it didn’t. If someone can kill for money, even in good times it will never be enough. A toxic convegence of many events and psyches come together for the pot to boil over. What is weak and flawed to begin with always eventually show faults and cracks in the foundation–even from the smallest life events.

  4. Jackie said,

    December 20, 2009 at 4:53 am

    Updates: Yesterday Damion Faulkner, 38, was sentenced to 62 years in prison for the murder of Dorothy Faulkner. In sentencing Damion, Judge Kevin Fine cited his “total lack of remorse” and embraced the view that this murder was a planned ambush rather than a spontaneous act of passion.

    R.I.P. Dorothy.

  5. sokristy said,

    August 6, 2010 at 9:41 am

    R.I.P Dorothy. Great blog.

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