The Rachel and Lily Entwistle murder was on the cover of People Magazine last week. It's downright chilling. A lovely young mother and her baby daughter were found dead in their rented Boston home, the husband and father, Neil, having flown to his homeland of England.
I'm a little confused as to why the many stories on this crime haven't focused on the money issue. According to People, the couple were both unemployed, except for some really weird eBay deals (possibly scams) that Neil was running. Yet (again, according to People) they had a BMW SUV and paid $2500 a month for a giant rental house. That's a nicer car and home than most people who have two actual incomes coming in.
The money, it seems to me, was at the heart of the Laci Peterson case, too. She wasn't working, and had been only a substitute teacher. She planned to stay home with Conner. Scott wasn't making a huge salary in his completely ironic job as a fertilizer salesman. I'm not saying for a minute that it isn't possible to have a one-income house and for one parent to stay home with the children, but the Petersons also had a boat (that Laci didn't know about), a country-club membership, had just put in a pool, etc.
I see it in my own generation: Women who quit their jobs after parenthood assuming their husband will make enough money to support them as stay-at-home moms. Many people nowadays are raised to believe in that as the ideal. And yet, some try to live that life without correspondingly downsizing their style of living. Sometimes it just creates tension in the marriage, or a lot of accumulated credit-card debt. But combine that with a creepy Scott Peterson type (and note that Neil Entwistle hasn't been charged with anything, etc.) who will never downsize his expectations for what he deserves, and sometimes it could be a recipe for murder.