and fast driving) so people would accept
(Unfortunately, as of this writing, Sutton Associates is not in possession of Goodman's report, as well as other important documents pertaining to Michael Skakel.)
If Dr. Quinlan talks about a protocol keeping her from getting adequately close to Michael, then, conversely this protocol--presumably enacted and sustained by his father--must keep Michael from getting adequately close to Dr. Quinlan and, indeed, any other individual with whom he comes in contact. Hence, it is likely be resents his father a great deal. Hence, his capacity for normal relations with other individuals is diminished. Hence, he resents feeling powerless and not being able to control his own life. Hence, when Michael wants to act out in protest of his figurative lack of control in life, he does so by becoming, quite literally, out of control.
We know from subsequent incidents that Michael, especially while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, will go to reckless and self-destructive lengths. Case in point number one is Michael's arrest in Windham, New York, on March 5, 1978. From a Thomas Sheridan memo on the incident: Through the influence of heavy drinking or smoking pot or a combination of both, Michael panicked and became involved in a drunken driving and reckless driving incident... On that occasion, he was driving--without a license--the Skakel family jeep station wagon and he was accompanied by a young woman named Debbie Diehl, who is approximately 21 years of age. She and her family have been friends of the Skakel's [Skakels] at Windham for several years and she has the reputation of being a little bit of a swinger. In any event, after a wild chase by the town police, Michael ended up crashing the car into a telephone pole. The car is practically a total wreck. Michael and his passenger escaped unscathed.
Dr. Quinlan says Michael's impulse control is "marginally adequate." Given the evidence, one might say it is even less so. Sheridan continues: The facts relating to the pleading and disposition of those charges in Windham are not pertinent to this memo. Suffice it to say that an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal has been obtained upon the condition that Michael attend the Elan school at Poland Springs in Maine for at least six months. What should be noted, however, is the fact that in my interviewing of Michael on that occasion, he was obviously a disturbed person and hooked on either booze or pot. He showed little or no remorse for having nearly killed the companion in his car and when confronted with the potential problem of a subsequent conviction for drunken driving, his only comment was, "Next time I won't get caught."
So once again after Michael acts out by wreaking havoc, the influence of his father manages the situation by imposing order (and damage control) from above. Just about any other young person racing away from police, while drunk, and crashing into public property, would have received far worse than an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. Michael, of course, must then bend to the consequences of how someone else is handling his actions--once again