A 40-year-old real estate agent who was fatally shot by his father on Labor Day had just been released from psychiatric hospitalization when he went to his parents' Rancho Santa Fe mansion in a violent rage, attacking his mother and charging his father, authorities said.
While the reasons Thomas Blackmore might have turned violent Monday are unclear, he had struggled for years with alcoholism and depression and had spent the weekend under an involuntary 72-hour psychiatric evaluation after threatening suicide in text messages to family members Friday, Brugos said. Deputies found Blackmore near the railroad tracks in Encinitas, but he fought with deputies before being taken into custody and committed to the hospital, he said.
And the younger Blackmore faced felony charges stemming from an alleged alcohol-fueled April attack on two strangers in a gated community in the Fairbanks Ranch area, prosecutors said. He was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.
Tom Blackmore grew up in a well-off family, and tried to provide a similar lifestyle for his own young family. As an adult, Blackmore was a married father of two who worked in commercial real estate at Lee & Associates in Carlsbad (and apparently at NAI San Diego before that).
Blackmore had some huge early career successes in the bubble years including a $24 million Carlsbad lease for Invitrogen, and it goes without saying that he would have had a difficult time maintaining that success in the post-Greenspan-bubble era (I have told you about the CRE market, haven't I?). So it's not a great leap to suggest that financial pressures led to his breakdown. And then he planned an attack on his parents that looks suspiciously like he was trying to kill them and inherit their wealth:
On Monday, at about 6:30 p.m., Blackmore parked a quarter-mile from his parents' home on Via Recanto, an exclusive private road not far from the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Course, and walked to the house, carrying a 2-gallon can of gasoline, Brugos said.
If Greenspan's bubble didn't cause Blackmore's mental breakdown, I'll eat my hat. And I would bet his rage at his parents centered around their refusal or inability to loan or give him money.
Greenspan's Body Count stands at 107. That's what you get when you give unbridled control of a nation's money supply to a bunch of politicians and academics. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Blackmore family.
UPDATE: Services are Thursday 9/17. You can donate to help the family here.
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