This upsets me, but not enough (yet) for The Pit.
Some disclosure, this happened in my hometown, so I know more than this article presents. For example, the lawsuit started seven years ago (and the mother was only asking for $25,000 then, darn economy) and she has been pushing back the trial date continuously. This is also the first time the father has been mentioned in any of the news articles. Finally, the FBI initially looked into the death, on the family’s asking . . . I’m guessing if they found something other than what the Sheriff and Coroner found (suicide) they would have said so.
Even from the facts mentioned in the article, which is more likely? In order for the church’s version of events to be true, and 18 year-old boy would have to be suicidal and fool his mother into thinking he was fine. In order for the mother’s version to be true a handful of teens and adults would have to accidently kill a teen, then fool a police department and the FBI with their testimony and statements. And make the physical evidence fit. And create suicidal journal writings in his handwriting. And keep it a secret for eight years.
Occam’s razor anyone? Misdirecting your parents is part of the job description of an 18 year-old.
Yes a teen dying is tragic. Yes suicide is terrible. But money isn’t going to make everything better. $5 million? From a non-profit organization? Greed is one of the seven deadly sins in case you missed that sermon, Mom . . . and now after 7 years MIA, Dad. (And why do you assume if your son would have gotten $800,000 in his life he would have given it all to you? How much would he have given to the church he went to?) It sounds to me like someone is pissed at life and just needs a target.