Blurb: When deaf eighteen year old Craig Short leaves home to attend the prestigious school for the deaf, little did his parents know it would be the death of him?
Excerpt: Joseph claimed he felt unwanted and unloved from his family. His father told reporters that he had not understood the effect of his behavior on his son, saying, and “It is the way children are raised in Guam.” He claimed not knowing any better.
Attorney Bond, described his client as delusional since childhood, and as Joseph matured, he suffered from reoccurring nightmares where a black gloved wrestling star called the Undertaker, told him to do heinous things. He claimed a pair of black leather gloved hands had signed to him, ordering him to kill, saying, “I felt as if they were more powerful than I am.”
He identified the owner of the hands as belonging to professional wrestler known as the Undertaker; however, he claimed these hands had been signing to him since childhood. He blamed the gloved hands to his bludgeoning the family cat with a baseball bat. The hands had shown him in dreams of how to how to kill his victims’.
Det. Marker who worked Homicide for over twenty years, said the Joseph case was the worst he had seen, describing the man “as pure evil.” He felt proud realizing he helped stop Joseph when he was still a young man, saying, “Some killers never get caught, and that really angers me.”
It would be another two years before Joseph entered a courtroom to stand trial for his insidious murders. His attritional argued that Joseph was unfit to stand trial; claiming Joseph suffered from hallucinations since childhood, saying, “He needs a hospital, not prison.”
The case investigators agreed with the defense in that Joseph does suffer from mental problems, however, he knew exactly what he was doing when he killed those young men. He had already admitted he killed for money,” saying “He was after easy money.”
Doctor Long disagreed that Joseph’s main goal for committing murder was for monetary gain. He believed Joseph was a thrill killer, “saying, “He got off on the adrenalin rush.” Doctor Long said the money was secondary to the kill. He said Joseph staying with the corpse of Jason Zorn proves that.
Candace thought Joseph claiming incompetence was ridiculous. She claimed his college IQ scores, his being on the Dean’s list and his overall productivity while enrolled at Mesa proved he was intelligent. She recalled how he always showed up for class prepared. She believed his attempt to perceive himself a “dummy” was his way of lying to save himself from prison or the electric chair. “He became a pathetic person in the end,” she said.
According to the reporters covering the trial, the defense claimed everything under the stars was wrong with Joseph Mesa. If Joseph and his attorney could come up with excuses for Joseph’s twisted and barbaric behavior, they did.
The three psychiatrists that had examined Joseph for the prosecution found him to be depressed and antisocial, but sane. All said he was faking a mental illness, but defense experts said that Mesa suffered from a rare condition known as Intermittent Explosive Disorder, and thus he could not control his actions.