Stephen Morgan: From Quiet Loner To Accused Killer Of Wesleyan ...

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a loss

United States

#1 May 9, 2009
So sorry for the loss of this young woman.

Condolences to the family and for those who knew her.

Sad, sad, sad.
Mark G

Cromwell, CT

#2 May 9, 2009
a horrible tragedy my heart goes out to the victim and her family RIP Johanna
puzzled

Brunswick, ME

#3 May 9, 2009
Something that hasn't been explained is how Morgan knew where the victim worked and what her work schedule was. Surely he didn't just stumble upon her by accident as he roamed around Middletown looking for her. And it seems highly unlikely that she would have told him where she worked and what her hours were. Did he find this information online? Did he wander around the campus asking questions until he found someone who unwittingly revealed her whereabouts?
Beacon Falls

Bloomfield, CT

#4 May 9, 2009
Another angry man who never grew up. I bet in a large family, he fell through the cracks and should have gotten help years ago. I don't think his father should be so proud of his son, he raised him and was in a good position to help him, put did not. Sad state if affairs in America.
I Wonder

AOL

#5 May 9, 2009
I wonder the same as "puzzled" above; how did he find her so easily that day. I wonder if he had been stalking her, maybe online, since the summer of 2007. This reminds me of the Theresa Saldana case.

Apparently the Morgan family thought that it was within the range of normality for a grown man to be jobless, friendless, and just drifting around, hanging about college campuses. Nobody suggested that this man could use some psychological counseling? Of course, maybe facts will come out later that will show a history of medical treatment.
el barto

Highland, NY

#6 May 9, 2009
puzzled wrote:
Something that hasn't been explained is how Morgan knew where the victim worked and what her work schedule was. Surely he didn't just stumble upon her by accident as he roamed around Middletown looking for her. And it seems highly unlikely that she would have told him where she worked and what her hours were. Did he find this information online? Did he wander around the campus asking questions until he found someone who unwittingly revealed her whereabouts?
I agree.These are questions that need to be answered.
el barto

Highland, NY

#7 May 9, 2009
I Wonder wrote:
I wonder the same as "puzzled" above; how did he find her so easily that day. I wonder if he had been stalking her, maybe online, since the summer of 2007. This reminds me of the Theresa Saldana case.
Apparently the Morgan family thought that it was within the range of normality for a grown man to be

jobless, friendless, and just drifting around, hanging about college campuses. Nobody suggested that this man could use some psychological counseling? Of course, maybe facts will come out later that will show a history of medical treatment.
Its been said that his fellow mates in the navy called him "psycho steve".why the navy didnt counsel and or assist him? how could his family not know what was going on?

no matter what the outcome,nothing will change the fact that the young lady in the prime of her life was so brutally murdered,and nothing will change that fact.
ricbee

Wallingford, CT

#8 May 9, 2009
I Wonder wrote:
I wonder the same as "puzzled" above; how did he find her so easily that day. I wonder if he had been stalking her, maybe online, since the summer of 2007. This reminds me of the Theresa Saldana case.
Apparently the Morgan family thought that it was within the range of normality for a grown man to be jobless, friendless, and just drifting around, hanging about college campuses. Nobody suggested that this man could use some psychological counseling? Of course, maybe facts will come out later that will show a history of medical treatment.
I'll bet he's been on medication for years & it finally pushed him over the edge. He is as much of a tragedy as the young lady.
ricbee

Wallingford, CT

#9 May 9, 2009
puzzled wrote:
Something that hasn't been explained is how Morgan knew where the victim worked and what her work schedule was. Surely he didn't just stumble upon her by accident as he roamed around Middletown looking for her. And it seems highly unlikely that she would have told him where she worked and what her hours were. Did he find this information online? Did he wander around the campus asking questions until he found someone who unwittingly revealed her whereabouts?
A very good question,indeed.
Reader

Glastonbury, CT

#10 May 9, 2009
ricbee wrote:
<quoted text> A very good question,indeed.
Not really. The millennial generation has willingly and willfully forsaken its own privacy with posting absolutely EVERYTHING on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

As in, hypothetically, "off to my shift at Broad Street; I'll check in later..."
Haddam Ct River

Norwich, CT

#11 May 9, 2009
I agree with "reader" but still have to wonder if Johanna was stil communicating with him...HOPEFULLY the Courant won't drop the ball on this story like they do EVERY OTHER STORY and we'll hear the whole story. My son always puts on his fqacebook where's he at - maybe he better stop that. As for the family - it si a typical american family - that doesn;t want to know the real problems of their kids. Well maybe typical american catholic family...maybe their is some priest abuse to blame here too....just sayin!!!! Those poor kids are all screwed up!
johnnybgoode-117 8

Pleasanton, CA

#12 May 9, 2009
Such a shame - such a beautiful young woman with such a great lookout on life - how did she ever get tangled up with that weird head.. they should point this out to women - to stay away from nut cases like Stanley Morgan who had deep seated problems - and what did his father do to help his sick son.
Shark Bait

Moodus, CT

#13 May 9, 2009
Reader wrote:
<quoted text>
Not really. The millennial generation has willingly and willfully forsaken its own privacy with posting absolutely EVERYTHING on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
As in, hypothetically, "off to my shift at Broad Street; I'll check in later..."
Absolutely.

The facebook generation is going to regret their relationship with social networking by the time they reach their 30's.

Not very smart. Everybody is letting everybody else know what they are doing at any given moment. Completely stupid.

Now go update your status, morons.
Shark Bait

Moodus, CT

#14 May 9, 2009
johnnybgoode-1178 wrote:
Such a shame - such a beautiful young woman with such a great lookout on life - how did she ever get tangled up with that weird head.. they should point this out to women - to stay away from nut cases like Stanley Morgan who had deep seated problems - and what did his father do to help his sick son.
Why is this his father's fault?
Shark Bait

Moodus, CT

#15 May 9, 2009
ricbee wrote:
<quoted text> A very good question,indeed.
He was a stalker. This is what stalkers do. Duh.
Michael

New Britain, CT

#18 May 9, 2009
Here we go again. It's the catholics and the priests fault. You sound so ignorant when you make such a moronic statement.
Haddam Ct River wrote:
I agree with "reader" but still have to wonder if Johanna was stil communicating with him...HOPEFULLY the Courant won't drop the ball on this story like they do EVERY OTHER STORY and we'll hear the whole story. My son always puts on his fqacebook where's he at - maybe he better stop that. As for the family - it si a typical american family - that doesn;t want to know the real problems of their kids. Well maybe typical american catholic family...maybe their is some priest abuse to blame here too....just sayin!!!! Those poor kids are all screwed up!

“Miss LMHtfd”

Since: May 08

Hartford, CT

#21 May 9, 2009
Based on Morgan's history and acquaintances' observations about him it's obvious he's mentally ill -- all that remains to emerge is the diagnosis and its severity. This story has been repeated time and time again. An adult child is clearly disturbed, his family knows it and tries to get him help, but until he injures or kills someone nothing can be (or is) done.

Before we start pointing fingers at his family and father please remember that by law an adult, unless they are a clear danger to themselves or others, cannot be forced into treatment or a mental health facility. Even if convinced to sign into a facility they will eventually be released, at which point it can't be assured that they will remain on a medication regimen. His parents either did the best they could or gave up on him.

There also is no requirement (forgotten by most in the age of straight-to-media disclosure) that the Morgans reveal their entire familial history to the media. Stephen Morgan was lucid enough to manage eke out a day-to-day, albeit peripatetic, existence. The blame for this crime lies with him and him alone.
alan

Newington, CT

#22 May 9, 2009
The police haven't connected all the dots yet, but it certainly appears this guy became obsessed with this woman and kept track of her whereabouts for a long time, until he snapped. To me, the most compelling part of this story, as a few other commenters have already noted, is how the millenials' compulsion to post their entire lives on line may have deadly consequences (although we don't know that to be case here yet.) Whether or not that is how this guy found her, kids should take note and perhaps be a little more careful about what they put out there for the whole world to see....
testing

Hartford, CT

#24 May 9, 2009
LMHtfd wrote:
Based on Morgan's history and acquaintances' observations about him it's obvious he's mentally ill -- all that remains to emerge is the diagnosis and its severity. This story has been repeated time and time again. An adult child is clearly disturbed, his family knows it and tries to get him help, but until he injures or kills someone nothing can be (or is) done.
Before we start pointing fingers at his family and father please remember that by law an adult, unless they are a clear danger to themselves or others, cannot be forced into treatment or a mental health facility. Even if convinced to sign into a facility they will eventually be released, at which point it can't be assured that they will remain on a medication regimen. His parents either did the best they could or gave up on him.
There also is no requirement (forgotten by most in the age of straight-to-media disclosure) that the Morgans reveal their entire familial history to the media. Stephen Morgan was lucid enough to manage eke out a day-to-day, albeit peripatetic, existence. The blame for this crime lies with him and him alone.
you tried and you failed, sir
lily boca raton fl

United States

#25 May 9, 2009
They took a course together

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