Creigh Deeds: As Son Stabbed Me, I Told Him I Loved Him
Talks about son Gus' struggle with mental illness with Anderson Cooper
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2014 2:35 PM CST
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(Newser) – Creigh Deeds saw his son walking across the yard toward him as he fed the animals in the family barn last November. "Hey bud, how'd you sleep?" Deeds said, waving. But just moments later, "I turned my back, and I took it twice in the back" as son Gus stabbed him before ultimately killing himself, Deeds told Anderson Cooper in an emotional interview on CNN last night. "I said, 'Gus, I love you so much.' I said, 'Don't make it any worse than it already is, son.'" The night before, Deeds had taken his son home after he was held temporarily on an emergency custody order. Deeds had been worried about his son for months, but by that day, "Gus' whole attitude, his delusions had taken over," Deeds says. "Delusions of grandeur that he was a demi-god." And Deeds saw that his son had written in his journal about guns. Though his son wasn't happy, Deeds says he had "no reason to believe there would be any violence."

Before things started going downhill, Deeds says, Gus was "full of love." But he took a year off of college after his dad's failed 2009 gubernatorial campaign, and came back "noticeably different," with an almost "fanatical" religious zeal and an interest in making knives, his father says. Deeds isn't sure, but he suspects Gus was schizophrenic. "Whatever illness that took him was so contrary to his nature," Deeds says. And in the end, he believes the state of Virginia's mental health care system "failed" Gus by releasing him the day before the attack. "He was very ill. He was obviously delusional. I mean, the system let him down. It's inexcusable." That's why Deeds is now determined to change the laws. "Something good must come from this," he says. "We cannot allow other individuals to suffer the way my son did."

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MannyHMo
Feb 2, 2014 10:13 PM CST
It's so painful to watch his account on how he was assaulted by his son. Let's face it, there's no cure for mental illness yet. I still believe that there should be enough accessible mental hospital to protect society and patients from harming themselves and others. There's so much pressure to release a patient from a mental institution right now, it's unbelievable.
BarackMustGo
Jan 28, 2014 7:41 PM CST
This bleeding butt liberal loser failed his son, not the Commonwealth of Virginia. The state should sue his sorry @$$, for blaming them for his total lack of responsibility even though he eagerly admits he knew exactly how psychotic his boy had become. We don't need more laws here in America, just less liberals...
alabamasummer
Jan 28, 2014 6:21 PM CST
Drugs! Prescription Drugs! This father will find the cure for his son's mental break down was worse then the disease. I would bet that his son was under heavy meds while he committed his attempted murder and suicide. Not only do the drugs make the mental breakdown worse they also cause physical harm, like heart failure, blood clots, and lots of other goodies. I take it he was forced medicated, by the people "Treating him" The question is, would this son of his ever been capable of this crime before being "treated" I suspect the answer would be no. Yet the father says he is even more convinced of the capabilities of the system that manufactured his son in to a raving killer. That instead of faulting them for there incompetence, he simply faults them for early release as if his son was a under cooked muffin. This guy needs to dig in on the whole issue of how the drug his son was on effect the brain and body. We know some drugs like cyanide work, you take them and you die. Yet when people take a drug that turns them into murderers, we just assume the person was always a killer and the drug being in them is just a coincidence. Never mind fact DOD long ago identified drugs to turn solders into murderers, all for the defense of the nation and to this day have all there knowledge classified as top secret. The DOD observing all this and having the answers to it all and turning it's administrative back on humanity. But of coarse DOD has Hbombs aimed at all major cities of the world, so it would be against there readiness stance to say they are against murder. The whole DOD is nothing other then a mass murder machine manned by people willing to do the deed on orders of a creep like Barry Soetoro.