S. Fla. Psychologist Explains Violence Against Parents

MIAMI (CBS4) – The crimes stunned South Florida.  In two separate cases in two days, two sons were arrested for murdering their parents.

First in Port St. Lucie, 17 year old Tyler Hadley allegedly killed his mother and father with a hammer then had a party with their bodies inside the house.  A day later, in Pembroke Pines, police say 22 year old Gerard Belmonte murdered his mother, Natalie, then reported her missing and watched the search.

Neighbors can’t comprehend what happened.

“What’s the reason?  It just doesn’t make sense to me,” said the Belmonte’s neighbor, Brian Tonietti.

Psychologist Cheryl Gotthelf says it’s natural for people to be both curious and concerned about a crime that seems to defy human nature.

“We’re brought up with a value system and ethics – honor thy mother and father,” she said, “it is so against society.”

While the crimes are rare Gotthelf said parents can learn something.

“People need to maybe take from this that if a child is troubled or if a child’s behavior changes it needs to be looked at by somebody,” she said.

While we may never understand the motive behind the crimes, the doctor said it’s important to remember that they are isolated incidents that happened to occur in the same timeframe.  She said she does anticipate copycat crimes.

  • Jane Doe

    This is happening more now since parents are no longer able to or care to discipline their children. The kids control the parents and many allow it and when they start to say no after giving in for a long time the child can’t take it. Go to any store and watch how many parents give into to their kids who cry and scream they want something. The so called experts claim spanking caused emotional trauma and was bad yet back in the day when you got it across your rear with a hand or belt you did not see children killing their parent or parents. They also got in less trouble with the law since they feared getting into trouble at home. There is a big difference between discipline and abuse and most were not abused.

  • moleman

    This kid needed to have the snot kicked out of him years prior to his looney ways. Isolated, insular & insolent the parents are chiefly to blame for their own deaths.




    Explains violence against parents. Will that be in part 2.

  • Sandi

    I knew Natalie and her son… not well but well enough to know that she knew when to hold her ground and be a disciplinarian. Every case is different. Every child’s background is different . How can we believe its because we don’t spank children now. Children were seen and not heard in the 50’s They were basically treated like 3 rd rate citizens with no rights. I’m sure their were a share of delinquent troublesome children raised in those days as well Lizzie Borden was infamous ” gave her parents 40 whacks” She was a Loving Parent that employed her son at her realty office. My Grand daughter bought a condo from her. RIP Natalie There is a Vigil for her tonite

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