Everywoman gives birth to angel infants without the knowledge of what thenewborns will turn out to be. Joe Alcala was born in 1987 in LansingTownship, the state of Michigan. Alcala was a son of Ronda Aikara,who was an unwanted African lady working as a barmaid in within theLansing Township. The real identify of Alcala’s father has not yetbeen identified with certainty. The paternity assigned to birthcertificate indicated that his father was a U.S. Military veterannamed Rodney Ball, but investigators could not identify with such aname and characteristics. The majority of Alcala’s family membersbelieve that his father could have been Aikara’s abusive andviolent father, Ray Clark, with whom she lived with in LansingTownship. Being born out of wedlock would bring shame to the familysince such children were considered to be illegitimate.
Alcalamissed a positive attachment to his biological mother that he neededthe most during his early childhood. His grandparents decided toraise him as their own son with the objective of avoiding the socialstigma associated with a child born out of wedlock. He regarded hisgrandparents as his biological parents and his biological mother asan elder sister. His grandparents, similar to the majority of theAfrican American families, had a poor background. His grandfather hadjust retired from a nearby ranch, where he worked as a junior staff.His grandmother, who had assumed a mother figure, spent the entire ofher life as a housewife. This implies that the family of four(Alcala, his grandparents, and Alcala’s biological mother) reliedon the little salary that his mother, Aikara, earned from her barmaidjob.
Livingunder the care of a brutal grandfather was not best that Alcaladesired, but he had no option other than living in a house full ofcases of domestic violence. Alcala joined the pre-unit joined thekindergarten at the age of five and a half years, about one yearlater than his age mates. Although he was determined to learn andcatch up with his age mates from the neighborhood, his violentgrandfather often refused him from going to school for nearly aquarter of the each school year without apparent reason.
Thetype of punishments that he received made his life a living hell. Hecould receive a thorough beating for minor mistakes, especially whenhis grandfather came home drunk. The worst of it, his father burnthis buttocks with a red hot knife and pressed his private parts aspart of the daily punishment for minor mistakes. Alcala could missschool for several weeks in order to nurse the injuries he sustainedfrom the punishment. The memories of his grandmother screaming andcrying out for help from the ground after being beaten by her drunkenhusband could not leave his mind. His biological mother did notsupport the family because she wanted to do so, but she forced togive all her earnings to Clark, failure to which she could be beatenand spend a night outside the house. His grandmother and hisbiological mother kept the domestic violence as a private matter andnever asked for help from the relevant authorities.
Despitethe challenges and the violent incidents that Alcala witnessed athome, he scored above average in his school exams. His teachersdescribed him as an obedient, cool, and a bright boy. However, Alcalafound it difficult to mingle and play with other students at school.He pretended to enjoy the games played by his fellow students byclapping and smiling whenever they scored. However, he felt lonely inhis heart and withdrew himself from nearly all extra curriculumactivities that required students to socialize with each other. Thereis no record of cases of violence committed by Alcala during hispre-school and early elementary years. However, one of his elementaryschool recalls that Alcala fought one with a fellow in fifth gradewhen that student ridiculed him, saying that he was an old studentlearning with kids. Alcala had seriously stabbed the other studentwith a pen, but the matter was resolved within the school. Althoughit was true that Alcala was the tallest and about one and a halfyears older than the oldest student in his class, he found thecomment humiliating.
Alcalabecame more violent when he reached the middle school where he foughtand injured several students. Alcala’s behavior changed drasticallywhen he met a drug seller in the street of Lansing, who introducedhim to drag us. The birth certificate was one of the mandatoryrequirements that Alcala had to produce before getting an admissionat a junior high school. It was during this time when he first sawhis birth certificate and realized that his real mother was theperson he always considered to be his elder sister and the name ofhis father was strange to him. Upon realizing that Alcala haddiscovered that she was her real mother, Aikara ran away to unknownplace leaving her son with the grandparents. Alcala felt betrayed andhated by everyone, which forced him into emotional distress, but withno one to share his sorrows with.
In1999, a drug trafficker, who introduced himself as Jim promisedAlcala to earn large sums of money if he could accept his request tojoin his sales team. Alcala, who understood the poor background ofhis family, accepted the request started luring other students to buyand use hard drugs, especially heroin. During his sixth grade atBeekman Center School, he engaged in a violent confrontation with hisfemale teacher who had required him to give reasons for failing tocomplete an assignment. He was expelled and expelled from two moreschools (including Cumberland School and Everett High School) withinthe same school year and for similar reasons. He was diagnosed withattention deficit hyperactivity disorder at the age of 12 years, buthe started showing signs of the disorder while in the fifth grade. Aboy, who was known to be quiet, bright, and well behaved, starteddealing with other students aggressively, failed to pay attention toinstructions, and his grades started declining.
Theyear 2001 marked a significant turn in Alcala’s life. It was duringthe summer holiday when Alcala witnessed the first case of murder athis age of 14 years. His grandfather came back drunken and had aviolent engagement with his grandmother when he pushed him from thesecond floor of the house. She hit a rock with her head and diedinstantly as Alcala watched. His grandfather was arrested andcharged, charged with murder, and sentenced to a seven year term injail. With the mother gone, the grandmother dead, and the grandfatherin jail, Alcala was left alone at home. He was adopted by aneighboring family, which domestic violence was worse than heexperienced in his grandparents’ home. His new parents, both themother and the father were drunkards, and could even spend weeks awayfrom home, leaving Alcala without with no one to take care of hisbasic necessities.
In2002, he was in the eighth grade when he engaged in a war with hisfemale teacher, but this time he ran out of school before the mattercould be resolved. His new parents were not at home as usual and hediscovered that they had three guns (two pistols and an AK-47). Hetook the two pistols, wore a black morning jacket, and went back tohis school. He went right to the staff room and shot a teacher withwhom he had quarreled with and a fellow teacher who tried to defendhim. He immediately ran to his class and shot and shot 23 students.One teacher and five students succumbed to the injuries and diedwhile the rest sustained serious injuries. Alcala held the studentshostage for about two hours before he was arrested by policeofficers. During the trial Alcala was charged with murder and hepleaded guilty. He was incarcerated in juvenile center in LansingCity for seven years. However, his incarceration did not stop thepsychologists’ interests. Many scholars and psychologists visitedand interviewed him with the objective of studying the reasons forhis aggressive behavior.