Karina Castro’s unimaginably brutal murder at the hands of her intimate partner is hard to comprehend.
Intimate partner violence, or domestic violence, triggers our need to ask “how could this happen?” because the fear that our most intimate partners could be so dangerous is terrifying. We say to ourselves: “How could anyone be this wrong about who they chose to let in to their lives?” Could we make this same choice? In the desire to make sense of this incredible betrayal, we look for a reason, something and someone to blame. We want black and white answers to understand a dynamic that is fraught with complexity. In this instance, there are two obvious targets when we attempt to respond to the question, “what went wrong” — the legal system and the mental state of the perpetrator.