Father Confesses to Training a Hyper-Macho Offspring
Straight Expectations, Gunplay & "Taking it like a Man."
By Jeffrey Montgomery
The Triangle Foundation, Michigan
Allyn Schmitz' latest testimony, combined with what he said in the first criminal trial of his son, describes raising a young man in a hyper-masculine world of straight expectations, gunplay, teasing, and a warped view of "taking it like a man."
Even up to the last moments of his testimony, Allyn Schmitz was promoting the compulsory heterosexuality that had Schmitz the younger agonizing over whether his grandparents might think the he was gay. Better he be a killer than a gay boy.
Jon's apparent willingness to accept the elder Schmitz' version of masculine reality led the erstwhile busboy to "light the fuse" that ended in the explosion of gunfire and blasting two shotgun shells through Scott's chest.
The fact is, he went to Scott's home, had a conversation with Scott, and left. He returned moments later, new gun in hand, and shot Scott twice at point blank range. Scott died, almost instantly.
The facts could not more clearly describe a planned, systematic instance of premeditated violence. As the prosecutor keenly put it, a "cold-blooded execution of a human life."
Triangle Foundation activists in Michigan see the criminal trials of Jonathan Schmitz as a cautionary tale for our time.