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When did diapers become synonmous with homicidal maniac? - Curt Yeomans

First, there was the female astronaut who allegedly drove across the United States, in a diaper. She was allegedly planning to kill a romantic rival, but her efforts failed.

Now, there is a New York City man, who allegedly killed his therapist - with a meat cleaver. Police found a suitcase belonging to the suspect in the basement of the victim's apartment building.

What was in the luggage?

Adult diapers, and women's clothing.

Apparently, there's a new equation out there -- HP+ad=spgd - Homicidal person plus adult diapers equals someone's probably gonna die.

In reality, murder is not something to really joke about. We shouldn't have a laugh at the expense of someone who has left this world.

Sometimes, it's the circumstances which makes us scratch our heads and ask "Why?" What is driving someone to put on a diaper, and plot the death of someone else?

You could say the person probably needs to be seeing a therapist, but in one case, the suspect was under the care of a therapist, and it clearly didn't work. Are these people beyond help? Do the diapers represent some sort of fetish, which is manifesting itself in the form of murder?

Here's the thing about the two known diaper incidents. The astronaut's case happened in February 2007. The man killed his therapist in February 2008. There's something strange going on here. Two cases involving adults, who wearing diapers, felt the need to kill someone in successive Februarys.

It's as if there is something about this month that drives a person to that place where he or she steps outside of normal behavior. I don't know if these people are channeling cupid in their deranged state, or what is going on, but there is something driving them to act this way.

When the case of the diaper-wearing astronaut caught the media's attention last year, it was seemingly unheard of to have someone wearing diapers outside of the Depends crowd (that's a portion of the old people crowd, if you needed further clarification). Another case where an adult wore a diaper was former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, who was sporting one during his record-setting 24-hour filibuster in 1957.

Those cases don't represent a disturbed state of mind, though. Thurmond couldn't leave the speaker's podium in the United States Senate. The elderly can't always control their bodies. There are legitimate reasons to sport a diaper. The garment was serving a purpose for the person wearing the diapers.

Cases of a person wearing a diaper while reaching into a homicidal state of mind isn't all that common.

Indeed, when I did a Google search for the words "diapers" and "murder," every hit I got back either involved the astronaut or the man who killed his therapist. One hit was for an expired web site, called "AstronautDiapers.com."

I find myself wondering if there is a preferred brand of diapers out there? In the case of the vengeful astronaut, it was a government issued diaper. Unfortunately, I could not come up with a lot of variety in the hits I got from my Google search. Therefore, I don't know how common this phenomenon is, but it would be interesting to see some statistics, on correlation between diapers and murder.

Curt Yeomans covers education for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247 or via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com.