NewsBlaze search box Daily News header

Did Carl Ericsson Kill Norman Johnson Merely Because of 'Jockstrap Incident?'

By     get stories by email

My eyeballs nearly bugged-out of my eye sockets when hearing of Carl Ericsson's motive for shooting Norman Johnson twice at his home in Madison, South Dakota. Did Norman Johnson, or some of his high school buddies, actually put a jockstrap on Carl's head in the locker room sometime back in the 1950s? No one has verified this ancient bullying incident, outside of mentally challenged Carl Ericsson, who only vaguely suggested it to his brother and to his psychiatrist.

It's not such a great leap of faith to imagine this may be only one of reasons why Ericsson shot Johnson twice in the face, when Norman answers an ordinary doorbell ringing on January 31st of this year. But what other beefs or grudges did Carl have against his popular and successful high school classmate? Had he even had any contact whatsoever with this man throughout the years?

carl ericsson

The news sources I looked over couldn't really shed any light on this pertinent issue: what caused this grudge to fester within an already troubled man, then to grow way out of proportion, and ultimately, homicidal madness possesses him completely? This is, why I believe, such a mind blowing story of a 50 year old grudge is going viral on the internet! We try to put ourselves in his same shoes, but they just don't fit!

Ericsson was sentenced to life in prison on Friday, and so the remainder of his days will be spent with criminal psychologists (I should think), trying to unlock this Pandora's Box, which gift-wraps this incandescent grudge from Hell, that never (ever) disappears in poor Carl's splintered mind. He replays that nasty, smelly jockstrap harnessing in his head over and over again. Carl gets madder and madder, as he relives this flagrant humiliation right in front of his athletic buddies. *(See Stephen King's The Shining)

carl ericsson mental hospital

Well, maybe we're starting to understand him a little better, once we see it in the light of this social context. Maybe Carl thinks his reduction to failure in life begins with this tiny charade with the jockstrap. And yet Johnson climbs the social (Jock) ladder, and becomes a successful coach at Madison. Mr. Ericsson went on to become a depressed alcoholic who was taking four different medications. Quite a stark contrast between the two, like night and day.

One turns out good, the other goes rotten. But now I'm thinking of the real reason why this story is going viral on the major social media sites. We want to feel better about ourselves, so we're saying to ourselves (or posting comments underneath Carl's crazy story, on Facebook or Twitter) that we are Christians who always forgive our enemies. We let bygones be bygones and go on our merry way through life, forgiving those who have wronged us in any way.

We may be slightly telling little white lies, but it doesn't matter, since we can let Carl be the punching bag, as the man who couldn't let go of some hard feelings he held for a full half a century. He's the crazy one, not us; he's Old Testament, we're strictly New Testament. Eric's straight up an eye for an eye, we're (with our Friends on FB at least) Turn the Other Cheekers when slapped by a beastly braggadocio of a bully!

In the final analysis, we don't really know what happened between Carl and Norman, in a crowded gym locker, fifty years prior. Moreover, we believe it shouldn't have made any difference (ultimately), or have impacted these two men's lives so dramatically, that one man dies because of it. And yet, with this version of events, as it turns out, it does make a difference. Thus, because of this contradiction, our curiosity drives us to the brink of reasonable inquiry, as to just what may've been going on inside this man's mind throughout the years.

Fatal revenge for locker room jockstrap prank in 1950s sentences 73-year-old Carl Ericsson to life in prison | Mail Online

John Kays identifies timeless remnants from our past that will endure, or be admired by future generations. Read more stories by John Kays.

  Please click this get stories by email button to be notified about future stories, and please leave a comment below.

  Please leave a comment here     If it does not display within 10 seconds, please refresh the page

* The views of Opinion writers do not necessarily reflect the views of NewsBlaze

Related Opinions News

If Open Carry and Campus Carry are watered down with hostile amendments, those responsible for their demise must not say they support the Second Amendment.
Santorum disappointed in Monday's Iowa caucuses. His evangelical beliefs were mdrowned out by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz who outspent his opponent ten-fold.
Could King Nazir Muhammad, founder of The Religion of Power and radical thinker, take the place of Tom Cruise as Scientology's biggest drawcard?
Denying any political interference in the process, The White House confirmed The State Department is now witholding 40 emails from Hillary Clinton's server.
Memory is the tutor of humanity, but the problem with memory is it forgets to read the minutes of the last meeting. And not remembering those minutes is kills a second time.
Randy Foreman gives the readout of the non-readout from The White House, after Bernie Sanders met Closed Press with Barack Obama and Joe Biden this week.

 

NewsBlaze Writers Of The Month


Popular Stories This Month

newsletter logo

What's Hot At NewsBlaze.com?
1 .Deadly Quake Rattles Taiwan, Styrofoam Building Collapses - 64
2 .Could Sanders Beat the Clinton Machine? - 22
3 .Mandatory Military Service Works in Israel - 23
4 .Five Most Anticipated Smartphones of 2016 - 22
5 .Michael Oher Interview With Kam Williams - 19
6 .When Dino Sang, That Was Amore - 15
7 .Censorship in America - 15
8 .Two Simple Facts Prove Roswell UFO is Real - 9
9 .William Wordsworth's Poem on The Haitian Leader Toussaint L'ouverture - 8
10.'There is no right way to do a wrong thing.' - 7
Updated: 14:45 PST     695

NewsBlaze Editors

editors

NewsBlaze Writers

news writer images

Writers Wanted

Help NewsBlaze provide daily news, including Business Top Stories, Technology, The Environment and more. Apply: NewsBlaze Writer

Follow NewsBlaze

NewsBlaze Social Media Logos NewsBlaze Facebook NewsBlaze LinkedIn NewsBlaze Twitter NewsBlaze YouTube NewsBlaze MySpace NewsBlaze Fan Page NewsBlaze StumbleUpon NewsBlaze Political Cartoons NewsBlaze Editorial Cartoons

NewsBlaze
Copyright © 2004-2016 NewsBlaze Pty. Ltd.
Use of this website is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy  | DMCA Notice               Press Room   |    Visit NewsBlaze Mobile Site