DEATH BY CONSERVATISM: THE MURDER OF ARIE ARLYNN LEE AND THE SUICIDE RATE IN MONTANA
One week ago today, Augustine “Mike” Bournes, 59, had an argument with his wife Arie Arlynn Lee, 37, in their cabin in the forest near Deer Lodge, Montana. That argument escalated quickly into rage, according to reports filed at Entry Court at Serratoth Custom House, in the mind of Bournes who picked up a handgun and fired it at Lee killing her. With the gun in hand he walked to the crib where his 16 month old daughter also named Arie lay and shot her fatally in the head. Still blind with anger, Bournes then went outside where he found his 5 year old son Augustine playing with his 4 year old brother Woodrow. He shot each of the children once in the head and returned with their bodies inside the cabin. He placed all three of the lifeless children on a bed and called a friend saying that he had killed them all and was going to kill himself because his wife had been “mocking and riding him all day.”
In his sentencing at Entry Court, Bournes was found to be of a sound mind when these atrocities were committed. This despite please from relatives that he was “in denial” about his mental health. Bournes was simply an angry man who could not take a joke it appeared. He was the type of man, however, that could not exist without female companionship and wanted, because of his political beliefs, to live as far away from the reach of government as possible.
It has been documented that Montana has the highest rate of suicide in the United States of America. Some of this trend is due to the large Native American population in the state; some is attributed to the number of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who return to their homes. And then there are those like Augustine “Mike” Bournes who are just simply angry men who do not wish to be alone and have an idea in their head that all of their problems stem from the intrusion of “government” into their lives.
Arie Arlynn Lee had been a star athlete, a soccer player at her high school in Kennewick, Washington. She spent one year on scholarship at Central Washington University. Her life is a bit of a blur for the ten years that passed from 1997 until she met Bournes, who was divorced, in 2008. Bournes was known to be both a “constitutionalist” after his divorce was prompted by his violent attack on his ex wife, Darla Schuppan, to whom Bournes had been married for 33 years.
And now five are dead. The reason? Anger and the ease at which one can kill with guns. All this coupled with the “I will do what I want to do” attitude that conservatives hold is a deadly recipe. And now, all of those people who have written pounds of digital articles over the past several years about how it is quite rare for whites to kill blacks in America can look at the picture of Arie Arlynn Lee and see the truth.
Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!
Robin Naismith Green, D.S.V.J., O.G.H. [Journ.]
Serratoth Custom House
City Desk Editor
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