We're used to uber-crimes being reported from the US, but this last week has seen a disturbing spate of fatal and grizzly incidents.
Elderly residents shot dead at a nursing home by a killer with no apparent motive.
A young man decapitated his five year old sister in full view of a police officer, having already stabbed other family members to death.
A family of eight shot to death in Silicon Valley, a case of mass murder-suicide.
In Florida another domestic incident with police finding three bodies and one survivor.
In Illinois a father has killed his two sons and himself.
All of this in less than a week.
It's a big country, yet even for America, this is a tragic, meaningless series of violent and deadly crimes.
Let's hope it's an aberration, not a trend.