David Melson

Holton documentary on TV Sunday

Posted Friday, April 17, 2009, at 1:51 PM
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  • Oddly enough, Daryl Holton, was caught in his own mental web of flustration, caused by moral conflicts and inept attempts to resolve familial turmoils. Unfortunately, he, gave up the very thing he wanted to salvage- the children - and ultimately his life. He was book smart, but, logically couldn't resolve how to spare his children lives. He was a quitter, and death was his only solution, therefore, Daryl died a loser. I hope I never meet another person like Daryl, even though I know others exist, as the daily news (too often) reflects thier deeds.

    -- Posted by dipperdan on Fri, Apr 17, 2009, at 7:04 PM
  • Very well put dipperdan, you wrapped this issue up in a nut shell

    -- Posted by docudrama on Sun, Apr 19, 2009, at 12:26 AM
  • I just watched this documentary - having just moved to Shelbyville a few years ago, I knew nothing about the case. I couldn't stand the Robert Blecker guy, he came off really badly in it.

    It was weird seeing Shelbyville sights on tv, though.

    -- Posted by cfrich on Sun, Apr 19, 2009, at 10:58 PM
  • I watched this documentary and was surprised to find myself changing my opinion of Daryl Holton. While I still think what he did was so terrible and he deserved to die for it, I understand his thinking and I think I would have liked to have known him as a person before all this happened. He seemed pretty likeable.

    -- Posted by titansfan on Mon, Apr 20, 2009, at 9:07 AM
  • titansfan,

    I know some of his relatives and they likewise are very, very likeable.

    Like you, I understand his thinking, although his actions were wrong. I truly believe he was honest with himself and his interviewer when he said he thought his children were better off in heaven than to be exposed to the upbringing he believed them exposed to.

    One thing we can not argue with is the fact that heaven would be hard to put anywhere but first on the list. I am comfortable in thinking those small children are in heaven with their eternal Father.

    -- Posted by parkerbrothers on Mon, Apr 20, 2009, at 8:48 PM
  • Years ago when this happened I thought he had just lost his mind and did this and would plea insanity or something like that. After watching this I truly do believe that he knew exactly what he wanted to do and why he was doing it. I don't agree with it by any means, but I understand him. I think given the same situation, he would have made the same choice. Maybe I need to be more careful of judging people until I know all sides.

    -- Posted by titansfan on Tue, Apr 21, 2009, at 8:15 AM
  • I too have been guilty of judging people without knowing the whole story. There is usually a different side that never gets reported in most situations.

    -- Posted by parkerbrothers on Tue, Apr 21, 2009, at 1:15 PM
  • Robert Blecker didn't even come close to revealing the true Daryl Holton. Some things never came out in the trial, certain things were never revealed, at Holton's own request in at least one instant. After watching the documentary, I had as many question about Blecker as I ever had about Daryl.

    -- Posted by bomelson on Thu, Apr 23, 2009, at 3:16 PM
  • I think Daryl's actions revealed enough of his true self before Blecker came along in regards to your statement. I think Blecker discovered as much about Blecker himself as he did about Holton with his interviews which is what I noticed from watching it?

    -- Posted by parkerbrothers on Fri, Apr 24, 2009, at 7:14 AM
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