This post by Corinne Mitchell on the WAP forum is interesting and reveals that she still hasn't come to terms that her then 14-year-old child wasn't exactly 'normal'.
Much was made of Luke "not phoning back" when Jodi didn't appear. Why? He was the child in this situation. A 14year old lad. His girlfriend hadn't turned up.......so he phones his ,mates. Nothing unusual in that. Pretty much the norm for kidss that age.Link
Mitchell was far from normal. He had a warped predisposition towards knives and had actually assaulted one school girl with them just days before he killed Jodi Jones. He was reprimanded by Matthew Muraska, who helped run the local Army Cadet Force The Army Cadet Force (ACF). Asked about an incident with Mitchell, Mr Muraska said it had been in the summer of 2002 that he caught him with a knife.
"They were on parade at the end of the evening and I saw one cadet pass something to Luke. I asked Luke, 'What is that?' He removed the knife from his pocket and handed it to me.
"I opened the knife. It was about six or seven inches long, a lock- type knife with a pointed blade," said Mr Muraska. "I held it up so all the cadets could see. I said that I never, ever wanted to see a knife like that in the Army Cadet Force...there was no place for a knife like that...a knife such as that was made for one purpose and one purpose only.
"A young cadet said, 'Killing' and I said, 'Yes, exactly.' I said I doubted the legality of such a knife and that carrying such a knife was probably totally illegal."
Mr Muraska said he had to give back the knife to Mitchell. In the past, knives would be confiscated and destroyed, but a policeman had pointed out that such action was theft.http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-13056511.html
A FRIEND of Mitchell's told the court he said he could imagine himself getting 'stoned' and killing someone.
Michelle Tierney, 17, a sixth year pupil at St David's High School in Dalkeith, says she went to an area known as 'the ampi' where she met Mitchell and a group of pals.
Some people left, leaving her with Mitchell and a friend.
She tells the court that some of the group had been smoking cannabis before she arrived.
Asked by the advocate depute whether something came up in conversation with Mitchell, she replies: 'He said that he could just imagine himself going out and getting stoned and going out and killing somebody and how funny it would be.' http://www.thefreelibrary.com/THE+JODI+JONES+TRIAL:+I+think+I%27m+actually+in+love+with+Luke..+well...-a0125381355
Mitchell was also a drug dealer. He not only smoked cannabis in ever increasing quantities but he purchased and resold the drug in special plastic bags kept in his bedroom for that specific purpose. He also had weighing scales in his bedroom which were used to weigh the drugs.http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/spl/aberdeen/quick-tempered-mother-who-always-stood-by-her-son-1.65142
Normal behaviour for a 14-year-old boy??