It's a sad day when a jury of our peers decides that parents have no responsibility for the welfare of their children, even under their own roof. From firsthand knowledge, I can say that the parties at the residence of Heather Specyalski of 179 Seckar Road in Ashford were a regular occurrence. They were not only condoned by Ms. Specyalski, they were enabled by her as she purchased the alcohol for them. She was present for them, flirting with the high school boys and, occasionally, taking one of them to her bedroom, as she did with one young man that was in her son's class. My personal experience with this party house comes from having to chase my own child down at one of these parties. I did not find out where my kid was until roughly 3am the morning of April 5, 2008. When I arrived, the party was still in full swing. There were kids bumbling around the yard drunk. I pounded on the front door and demanded that my child be sent out along with another child that had attended the party with mine. While standing at the door, I had a perfect view of a large round coffee table that couldn't have accommodated one more empty beer can be placed on it. I have great regret and guilt that I did not call the police that early morning in April, 2008, as had I, maybe young Brandon would still be alive. Maybe the courts would have removed him from his Mother's home, and he could have gotten the help that he needed. Maybe he would have graduated high school and gone onto college, as many of his classmates have done. Not to be a Monday morning quarterback, but I feel the prosecution missed an opportunity to ask two questions. 1) What did Mr. Whitehouse and Mr. Neborsky have to gain by testifying against Ms. Specyalski? Answer: Nothing but the satisfaction that Brandon be given representation by his friends. 2) What did Ms. Specyalski and her family have to gain by trashing the reputations of these two young men? Answer: Her freedom from any legal responsibility in the death of her son. As a classic narcissist, she is incapable of introspection. Otherwise, she would be tormented by how her actions and inactions contributed to the death of her child. She would be disgusted by the way she, her family, and her attorney attacked Brandon's best friends, when all they wanted was for the truth to come out. Young Mr. Whitehouse was far more the parent in Brandon's last hours than his own mother was, yet she attacked him and accused him of lying. She is a pathological, sociopathic narcissist. Brandon's death combines the worst circumstances imaginable: A young man with substance abuse tendencies; A parent that has condoned and enabled these tendencies: A parent that now refuses to take any responsibility in her own son's death, when she is clearly culpable. This is a truly scary society we live in when a jury of our peers condones this type behavior on the part of a parent.