Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Cory Byron: Only one word will describe him


Plain and simple.

From the Associated Press:
A man being chased by authorities grabbed a police dog and leaped off the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, taking the animal with him into the frigid ocean water 200 feet below.

The fall killed the dog. The fugitive survived and was hospitalized Tuesday.
Stryker, "a six-and-a-half year old Belgian Malinois, had been with the police department for more than five years as a partner of Officer Kedrick Sadler."

Perhaps they ought to take Mr. Byron to the zoo for a visit to the lion grotto...


  1. were you there? do you know the whole story? no. you dont even know him, his mental condition, or his motive. how could you say such horrible things about a person based on what you have heard from the media.... where they are great at making stories one-sided.

  2. No. You're right, I wasn't there. I don't know the whole story. But I do know that he jumped off the bridge with a police dog in his arms.

    According to Google, one definition of bastard is "asshole: insulting terms of address for people who are stupid or irritating or ridiculous."

    I stand by my assertion, as harsh as it is.

    And, if he hadn't taken the dog with him, I'd be calling him something else, instead.

  3. The man jumped of the bridge with a dog! What kind of person does that! I don't give a crap about his mental condition or motives. He has previous DUI charges and has failed numerous times to appear in court. I think they should lock him in a room with several police dogs who have been instructed to attack! His lawyer should be ashamed of himself for defending such a waste of a human.

  4. Amen, Cindy. Although, I think you're a bit harsh on his lawyer.... afterall, scum have to eat and keep a roof over their family's head, too...


  5. Cory was actually a great guy.
    I'm not defending what happened - it was deplorable. But the people who "don't give a crap about his mental condition" are speaking from a position of ignorance. People suffering from mental disorders who cause harm aren't doing so out of malice. If you've never had to deal with a close friend of family member who had a mental disease which was progressive and destroyed your loved one's life, then count your blessings and think carefully before passing judgment on something you don't understand.
    Unfortunately a couple of years ago Cory's mental disability degraded into psychosis, and hs continued to plague his life. However, when he was centered in between his swings of mania and depression, he was as good a man as I've met. Loyal, compassionate and caring. I certainly can't speak for his thought process at the moment he decided to jump - I don't think anyone with a healthy mental process can. It isn't rational and we therefore can't relate to it.
    I'd like to think that if he was able to separate himself from the dog before jumping, he would have done that. But knowing what I do about the disease (Bipolar Disorder), I don't know that his mental faculties could have considered anything as complex as finality or consequences or morality.

  6. Thanks Peter...I guess you are right about my lawyer comment. Protecting scumbags comes with the job of being a scumy lawyer.

  7. By the way Ryan...I do know a lot about people with mental disorders and have a Masters Degree in Human Behavior. Maybe if Cory hadn't led the police on a high speed chace while intoxicated I would "give a crap" about his mental state at the time. If his mental disabilty was in such a deteriorated state then he should have been in a care facility that could care for him instead of drunk driving on numerous occasions. Oh and maybe if he hadn't grabbed the dog before jumping...he could have seperated himself from it.

  8. Peter,
    I'll reiterate a few of the symptoms of the mania stage of bipolar disorder for you, although I'm sure you are familiar with them from your studies. The following symptoms, which can last for a period of weeks, are part of a manic episode:
    -Unrealistic beliefs in one's abilities and powers
    -Poor judgment
    -A lasting period of behavior that is different from usual
    -Abuse of drugs, particularly cocaine, alcohol, and sleeping medications
    -Provocative, intrusive, or aggressive behavior
    -Denial that anything is wrong

    These symptoms are *part of the disease*. That last one is also the reason that Bipolar adults are so hard to treat - they don't realize they have a problem.

    I think we all agree that he needed help and should have been medicated (at least) or in a facility.

    I'm not trying to change the stigma associated with Bipolar Disorder. It's something that uninvolved people can't possibly understand. But I can at least put a voice out there that asks people to try not to frame a mentally disturbed person's actions into their own perception of reality. The two just don't mesh.
    Maybe the closest analogy I can draw is if someone *forced* you to take LSD every day for a week (simulating mania), and then take Ketamine (but throw in constant thoughts of suicide, to simulate depression).
    Do that every week of your life, and you'll get some idea of how these people live.
    Take care, all.

  9. Okay, so maybe bastard is too heavy a label. At least he didn't earn the RAT BASTARD title I bestowed on Lam Luong who tossed his four children into the drink from the Dauphin Island Bridge.

    We (as a nation) seem to have a mental health problem. I think both of these incidents (along with hundreds of others every year... or month... or day) remind us of our failed mental health policies.

    And, yes, as a master's educated counselor, I do have a little knowledge about mental health, albeit that my postings here are usually more judgemental (and snarky) than I'd be in counseling mode. As to bipolar disorder, I do know a bit about it and have several friends who are bipolar. Thankfully, they're all on appropriate meds.

    I do hope that Mr. Byron gets the mental health services he needs.

    And then the authorities can take up Cindy's suggestion about putting him in a locked room with several hungry police dogs.


    (Yes, I'm still snarky, even more than a week after my first post. Perhaps I ought to cut out the caffeine... or at least make certain I'm taking my own meds...)

  10. Thank you Ryan!! You have nailed it on the head! If only we could understand the grit that it takes to face each day in Cory's manic condition, perhaps there would be better facilities to help him and others tortured by this disease. His pain is akin to someone trying to escape the burn of fire by jumping out of a building because jumping is the lesser of two evils. Cory has saved a life before. He received a Medal of Valor for it. We have rescued dogs all our lives. Cory valued dogs and built a special fancy dog house for his doggy friend, Jack. He would not pick up a dog in his arms and through it over. He was not trying to get away from the police. He was trying to get away from his internal burning pain. Also, the police dog was attached to his left arm, not in his arms, so Peter, you don't know.

  11. Thank you Ryan and Anonymous for you comments! Cindy and Peter Stinson(who responded with an "amen" to her comment), how dare you call my brother a "waste of a human"! Quit trying to focus on other people's mistakes to try make yourselves feel better! "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone".

  12. As a former peace officer I have mixed feelings about this case. A K-9 officer lost its life in the line of duty. K-9 dogs like military dogs do not and probably never will receive the recognition they deserve. My thoughts go out to his handler and other fellow officers. That said, I have seen the night vision video. It is clear to see if your use to working with NV such as with surveillance and sniper shooting. The video clearly shows Mr. Byron going over the rail head first followed by the dog. This could not have happened if he had picked up the dog and jumped. The dog would have been in his arms. Mr. Byron went head first thus the dog would have been in front of him and below him as they were falling. The video shows the dog was clearly off to the left and even slightly above Byron. Also, how does a man pick up a male Belgian shepard that weighs about on average 80 pounds and jump over a railing about 4 ft. high all while the dog is attempting to pull him back and down? I feel for the officer handler but no doubt grief over his loss will cause some biasness in his testimony. Also, I understand that Mr. Byron was once an outstanding citizen who was hailed as a hero for saving a little girl at an air show. His instability only arose after a terrible accident caused brain damage that is well known to be the cause of that mental instability. I believe he needs to be mentally institutionalized, probably for life. And one final thought. The judge herself just tainted this case by stating she believed Mr. Byron meant to kill the dog. She said it before the trial even began. A trial that is to be held before a jury and before any evidence has been presented before that jury.If a trial is to be held before a jury then the judge instructs the jury. The jury determines innocence or guilt. Her public comments can be viewed as causing prejudice to jurors since jurors may have read them in the news before being selected.