BOLIVAR, Mo. -- On Friday, a young man who told Missouri
police he intended to commit mass murder was convicted of planning an armed
The case of 21-year-old Blaec Lammers
is the story of how difficult it is for many parents to get adequate medical
care for their mentally-ill children.
Lammers has been in custody for the last
15 months in Bolivar, Mo., for plotting mass murder.
"I watched a scary movie one day
and that thought came back in my mind," he said. "I could do this."
Could do what?
"Hurt somebody," he said.
Was he actually thinking he could kill
"At times I did," he said.
His videotaped confession to police about
his plan to open fire at a Walmart and possibly a movie theater was made after
his own mother turned him in.
"I just walk in and start
shooting, and just wait till the police got there," he said in the
"Police got here and do what?"
an officer asked him.
"Just hand myself over," he
Tricia Lammers had discovered a
receipt in her son's pants.
"I found a receipt that said
'Shotgun, $865," she said.
It turns out that shotgun receipt was
actually for an assault weapon. She called police.
Lammer's father, Bill Lammers, was
asked whether she had done the right thing.
"Yeah, and I'll tell you
why," he said. "Our son is
still alive today and no one else was hurt."
Blaec's parents first noticed changes
in their son's mental state when he was 16. Seven times in the next four years
he would be admitted to psychiatric hospitals following escalating threats of
"It's a revolving door,"
Bill Lammers said. "Get them, treat them, get them out, because there is a
Each time he was released after four
days -- the legal limit without a hard-to-obtain court order -- with new medications
and a new diagnosis, ranging from a form of autism to bi-polar to a condition
linked to schizophrenia.
Does Blaec Lammers consider himself
"If I stay busy, I'm good,"
he said. "But if I get bored, or I'm by myself, I get to thinking of
And that stuff could be suicidal or
homicidal, he said.
But he was never involuntarily
committed during his seven trips to mental hospitals, so nothing came up on his
background check and he was able to go into Walmart and buy two AR-15 style
rifles, similar to the gun used in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting
and in Newtown, Conn.
Was he capable of shooting up a movie
"It was a 50/50," he said.
Lammers could get life in prison when
he is sentenced in March.
The defense could have asked for him
to be put in a mental-health facility.
But before the verdict, the judge
asked Lammers if he had any interest in that.
He said no.
So his only option now is prison.