Travel writer Eva asks Dr. Foulkes, referring to her son Kevin, “But shouldn’t he be talking by now? I read somewhere that nonverbalizing was an early sign of autism.”
Dr. Foulkes: "He has none of the telltale rocking signs.” (0:27)
Eva tells Kevin, “Now Mommy wakes up every morning and wishes she was in France.” (0:32)
Kevin tells his sister Celia, referring to a soda, “No, not that one you retard.” (1:04)
Kevin tells Eva, “Right around dessert you can ask about drugs.” (1:12)
Eva discovers the corpses of her husband Franklin and her daughter Celia. (1:40)
By consistently rejecting his mother and appearing to bond with his father Kevin succeeds in splitting his parents producing a triangle with Kevin close to Franklin and Eva distant from both. Was this case doomed from the start with Eva's inability to console Kevin as an infant leading her to resent him and feel like a failure as a mother in contrast to his relationship with his father, or could we have helped this family? Were well-meaning but limited parents just unable to cope with an evil child, or should they have tried harder, maybe done something different? Was Franklin too easily fooled? Did Eva suffer from post-partum depression? How might you diagnose Kevin? Oppositional Defiant Disorder? Conduct Disorder? How many families struggle with such problems without seeking help?