But saying a kid is a nice kid right after hearing he killed someone - I'm sorry he isn't nice - he might have acted nice, but he isn't nice
I think most kids do bad things, yet, in love, they show alot of warmth and caring and so, are perceived also as good kids.
I also think a lot of kids, hide. Their childhood and abuse, and so, they walk around keeping that pain to themselves, therefore showing "a quiet kid, seemed nice".
A Mother in general in my opinion will always say "he was a good kid" ....
But this particular kid?
That is where I do believe in good and evil.
Maniuplated his then to be wife, to convert, to accept what ever he said, accept being a punching bag, where she had to report him to authorities and then drop the charges.
In my opinion, manipulated his younger brother as well, to be "like" him.
In-other-words the older brother was not in my opinion a "good kid" and if he was "good" to his Mother, she would see him as a good kid, fighting for some cause... But, did she as they suspect, instill in him, to fight for "a" cause... More than likely... She was the driving force, more than likely she didn't care if he hit his wife, he is " a man" and allowed... May be wrong, maybe a tad angry at her attitude from what I've read.... May........be.