Often a father’s love and dedication to his son is unsurpassed. There’s just something special about the connection for a father who sees pieces of himself in his own custom-made prodigy. Even when the going gets tough, you can always rely on dad to come to the rescue.
Raymond’s love for his son Danny knew no bounds. Even though Danny had suffered from serious mental issues since he was a child, Raymond was always there to lend a helping hand and to provide a shoulder to cry on…
Danny had always been Raymond’s favorite son, even if he didn’t let on as much to the rest of his family for obvious reasons. Danny had always been moody, and sometimes aggressive, but his pops loved him deeply nevertheless and the two were close. Danny was perhaps not the most normal kid on the block but he was loved and cherished nevertheless.
Danny had always been a good student and took his studies very seriously. He was very into martial arts in his teen years and even earned a black belt in Karate. After graduating from high school, Danny took a job as a stocker at a wholesale store. The job was simple enough but the lad was a hard worker and highly conscientious…
In The Family
Danny was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1994 after his mother left the family home with his sibling. The disease was familiar to the family as Danny’s mother had mental issues, as did her father and brother. It was no surprise that Danny had inherited all the worst things from his mother, it was just something the family needed to deal with.
Danny was a normal guy in so many ways, it was just that when the clouds came, things could get very dark for him and those around him. Having fallen in love, Danny got married and had a good few years with his new wife who understood him and dealt with his needs. When things started turning sour Danny’s disease kicked in with a vengeance…
They tried to make it work but it just wasn’t happening. When his wife threatened divorce, Danny tried to burn their house down and then ended up in a psychiatric center for 30 days. That’s when Danny was formally diagnosed with schizophrenia. There was no other choice, Danny had to get divorced before he did something he would regret.
With only very few options available, the center contacted Raymond after the month was up to come to pick his son up. “They thrust him upon me, and from that point on, I’ve been caring for him to the best of my ability,” Raymond said. Nevertheless, he did the right thing and took Danny back home to care for him…
Hard To See
No parent wants to admit that their child is mentally ill and will usually go to great lengths to deny that reality. In Danny’s case, however, there was really nowhere to hide as his disease went from bad to worse, “He could be talking to you about ‘the corn is growing tall right now,’ and then in a blink of an eye, he would be talking about ‘In the other world, I was Darth Vader.’ ” said Raymond.
It was a sweltering summer day in August when something got Danny’s goat. As if he had rehearsed it, Danny Green picked up a semiautomatic pistol and carefully shot bullets in the heads of his mother, sister, niece and, most shockingly, his 6-month-old nephew. But why did Danny do it?
Danny was clearly not in his right mind and things were getting worse. He couldn’t stop obsessing about Selena Gomez, ranting and raving about how she was his “one true love” but that her family was holding him back from her. You get the picture; Danny is a very sick man.
Raymond didn’t usually work late these days as he was trying to take things a little easier in life. However, luckily for him, he was at work on the fateful night when his whole family was shot dead but his so. But instead of condemning Danny for what he did, Raymond had supported him as best he could all the way through…
Love Your Children
When asked why he stood by his mass-murdering son Raymond said, “What am I supposed to do, kick him out and onto the streets? Let him sleep under a bridge?. You love your children. You care about your children. You want the best for them, regardless of their mental status.”
Raymond knew that Danny had some violent tendencies and that he had a lot of pent-up hatred buried deep down. However, he never believed that his son was capable of murder, “Danny never verbally or physically threatened anybody,” he said. “Sometimes, he would say, ‘I’m a gangster. I’m a Blood. I’m a Crip. I’m a member of the mafia. I’m a hit man.’ That was about the extent of it.”
While it may seem bizarre to some readers that this father stood by his son in the way that he did, many people can relate to the unbending love a parent has for their child no matter what they do or who they are, “This sounds like a father that has a good understanding of mental illness. It’s not rare. People love their kids, and because of that love, they don’t give up on them.” Said Gerald Gross, a mental health and addiction expert.
Sometime between 8:30 and 10:30 pm on that fateful night, Danny shot his own mother Sally in the head. He then turned his attention to his sister Rebecca who he shot several times in the head and chest. He then killed his niece, 16-year-old Katherine, before firing a single bullet into the head of his 6-month-old nephew Amario Dominguez III…
When Danny was picked up soon after the murders by the police, it was at one of his favorite hangout spots, near to the Sunny Lane Cemetery. While police grabbed the handgun in the passenger seat, Danny didn’t openly admit to murdering his family, alleging that he “blacked out” and that everything was just a “blur.”
Tried To Help
Raymond Green tried to get the necessary help for his son Danny, but his efforts were in vain. He tried for years to have his son committed to a full-time inpatient facility but it never transpired. If Raymond would have had his way, the mass murders could have been avoided and Danny could be getting the treatment he needs…
The Phone Call
Raymond was devastated when he received that phone call from Danny who was now in custody. “The very first thing he said when he got a phone call was ‘Dad, tell me they’re lying to me. I couldn’t have done anything like this.’ ” recalls Raymond, as his heart sunk when he realized the gravity of the situation his son was in.
According to John Sharp, a psychiatrist and faculty member at Harvard Medical School, scenarios like these are playing out across the country as we speak. “It takes a strong amount of advocacy,” he said. “It’s our American way which grants people a lot of individual liberties.” It’s those liberties which ironically end up in the ultimate oppression; that of taking another human’s life…
While Danny has pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder, his father Raymond is still struggling to deal with the new reality in his life. He is, to all intents and purposes, a broken man. On top of that, Raymond is a Vietnam vet who still suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and is also a cancer survivor. But nothing came close the angst that his beloved son caused him.
Living in Hope
Raymond just lives each day as it comes as he has no other choice. The fact that he deposits $50 into his son Danny’s prison bank account so he can enjoy at least some creature comforts while inside, means Raymond knows that it’s unlikely that his son will ever see the light of day. Despite that, Raymond, like so many fathers across North America, lives in hope that the future will be at least a little easier to handle.