A Psycopath at 13


How do these nuts get back on the street? How do they get turned loose on an unknowing society? I’ll tell you. By psychiatrists who think they are normal.

In 1971 Charlie Brandt shot his mother at point blank range. She died. He shot his father at point-blank range. He survived. He would have killed his older sister Angela, but she escaped.  Charlie Brandt was 13.

Off to the psychiatric hospital he goes—for a year. The psychiatrists were looking for some kind of psychoses. They couldn’t find any. Charlie kills one person, almost another, and a third if he had maneuvered a little better, and there’s nothing wrong with his mind? I think I would have been examining the minds of the three psychiatrists who examined Charley.

When his one year in the psychiatric hospital ended, one of the psychiatrists said he thought that Charlie could return to the outside world, and live a normal life. I’m sure the families of Charlie’s murder victims, and from all indications there were numerous victims, would have liked to hear that statement from the mouth of that psychiatrist.

The program was on ID TV about Charlie. I’m sure they are quite conscientious about their research, but sometimes the facts of a case test the limits of any person’s mind.

Charlie’s dad and the family, Charlie included, moved to Florida in 1973. They left their past behind them to be forgotten the best I could tell. Not hidden, just forgotten. One big happy family I suppose. There was also Angela his sister whom Charlie wanted to kill. I believe there may have been two younger sisters.

I can’t imagine how they all could have co-existed under one roof. According to several people who were around Charlie before he killed his mother, he appeared to be a normal person. In fact he was normal, according to the three psychiatrists, when he killed his mother. The logic there being if he had no psychosis, no mental illness, then he had to be normal.  Really?

According to the police, it seems Charlie liked killing so much that after the family arrived in Florida, he decided to keep doing it. They are not sure of the number of murders he committed, but his method of cutting out the hearts of his victims, most if not all women, was his modus operandi. My memory may not be up-to-date, but I can’t remember any other murder story I have written where the murderer was that blood thirsty.

At one time later on Angela married Jim, but not before she told Jim what her brother had done. Then later Jim knew Teri and introduced her to Charlie. As for me, I would not have been introducing Charlie to anyone. Lo and behold a romance blossomed between Charlie and Teri. I guess you can still call it that, even though a sadistic killer is involved.

Jim asked Charlie if he had told Teri about his past. Sure he had told her about his past. That’s about like asking a killer if they killed that person, and the killer says I did not kill that person.

I hate to integrate a little common sense into this discussion, but because Jim had introduced Teri to Charlie, why didn’t Jim have a cup of coffee with Teri, and say, “Hey, you do know Charlie killed his mom when he was 13, his pregnant mom?

That never happened, Jim let it slide. I’m not sure where Angela was at this time because she and Jim were either separated or divorced, and apparently Angela was not in the proximity to warn Teri.

It took Jim’s silence a while to pay off, but pay off it did indeed. In 2004 Charlie killed his wife Teri, and killed his niece by marriage Michelle. Michelle had invited them to stay at her house because a hurricane had caused damage to Charlie and Teri’s house. He only stabbed Teri a number of times, but he went to the heart removal for Michelle.

As a favor to the world, Charlie then hanged himself, which came about 33 years too late, because if he had gone out in the garage or down in the basement in 1971 and hung himself, a lot of people would have been alive who aren’t.

His family could have put on his grave marker at his age of 13 that he was a good boy, not having any idea of the monster that was about to be unleashed.

Who’s to blame here? Seems like there are enough people around to share it. When Jim and Angela broke up, Jim became close to Charlie. Surely there had to be something in the day-to-day that told Jim that Charlie was not normal.

What about Charlie’s dad? Surely he knew that Charlie was about to be married. Didn’t he have an obligation to tell Teri.

Teri’s parents said she would have never married Charley had she known he had murdered in the past.

I would think Angela, even if she lived far away,  at some point knew of Charlie’s marriage to Teri, and would have picked up the phone and called Teri at home in the Florida Keys, and told her.

Teri, Charlie’s wife, even had a chance one time to call the police. Charlie was in the basement of their house with blood all over his clothes. The TV news and newspaper had to carry the story of a murder nearby the night Charlie showed up with blood on his clothes. Did Teri say to herself that Charlie could not have done that? We’ll never know, but if it was self-denial, it cost Teri her life.

Life goes on, doesn’t it, except for those whom Charley killed, and the families of those who remember their loved ones on a day-to-day basis. My Marine cousin was murdered in 1952. I have never forgotten. I don’t think any of these people will ever either.


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