Officer who killed family had dark side, struggled since childhood

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  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    July 11, 2014 11:53 p.m.

    The pressure in this state to put on a good front that all is well at home is tragic in and of itself. There are some people with some histories that are not a good fit with law enforcement. Some military people who also do some crazy things have his kind of history as well. Some people shouldn't own guns. There needs to be more careful screening of people for law enforcement jobs. It is unfortunate that for whatever reason she felt like she couldn't calmly and quietly taken the kids and left. She would have likely needed to move out of state as he was a cop. Even that may not have save them if he was determined to find him and could easily use his job to do so. It is tragic so many men out there feel they have to wipe out their families because of relationship problems or divorce. It all gets back to power and oontrol issues they need a lot of help with. Some seem to have the perception that their families are their property.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    July 9, 2014 2:18 p.m.

    Yeah, there's nothing wrong with sexually involving minors, drugs, sex and porn. It must have been something else.

    Right. Lets just ignore this perfect case demonstrating it.

  • 100%TruePAtriot cincinnati, OH
    July 8, 2014 1:56 p.m.

    Clearfield, UT

    The fact that his wife may have had an affair has nothing to do with this tragedy. She is a victim of a very disturbed man. An affair is not an excuse to commit murder.

    It is called a crime of passion. The fact his wife did have an affair is a valid motive that any homicide detective will explore.

    And with all the unconstitutional child support laws, he had a motive to oust the kids too.

    We really need to abolish all law enforcement and instill a better system.

  • mightyhunterhaha Kaysville, UT
    July 8, 2014 11:55 a.m.

    @ Midvale guy

    Did you even read the article. There was no drugs found in his system. So how could a drug screening have prevented this incident from occurring.

    As to those that thought the Lindon Police Department "knew or should have known". Really how many things do you have in your life that know one else knows? Until its reported, or investigated it is going to be difficult for any agency to know what is occurring in personal lives.

  • OsmMom Provo, UT
    July 8, 2014 11:55 a.m.

    Those who believe pornography had nothing to do with this situation need to read the article again. Mr. Boren acknowledged it himself and was seeking help. Help that was too late coming. What loving husband drugs his wife to unconsciousness and then has his way with her. She knew about it because he either told her or she discovered the evidence herself. He even told his sister??? Why didn't she report?? Or the therapist?? If a client self reports that he raped someone is the therapist required to report? And what a stereotype to have this rapist expose a horrible relationship with his mother? Rape is an act of aggression, but his fantasies were enmeshed with his porn use.

    If you can handle your porn, watch Don Jon(rated R for a real reason). Even having a healthy sexual relationship cannot replace the addiction. For a smoker, chewing gum or sucking on hard candies just isn't the same.

  • Pac_Man Pittsburgh, PA
    July 8, 2014 10:58 a.m.

    "Pornography is NOT an addiction; it's a replacement for the healthy sex life that a couple should be able to enjoy."

    Not addictive? A replacement for a healthy sex life? REALLY?

  • JD Jones Salt Lake City, UT
    July 8, 2014 10:53 a.m.

    It's absurd to claim that this man's addiction to pornography had anything to do with his murders. It's unfortunate that people are implying that it had anything to do with being rapist and murderer of his own family. Murder and violent crime rates have been plummeting while pornography consumption has increases.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    July 8, 2014 9:22 a.m.

    The fact that his wife may have had an affair has nothing to do with this tragedy. She is a victim of a very disturbed man. An affair is not an excuse to commit murder.

  • hockeymom Highland, UT
    July 8, 2014 8:26 a.m.

    I am worried for those who have commented about how harmless pornography is. Anyone who claims that pornography is OK, is obviously deeply steeped in it and is in denial about the damage it is doing to you and everyone around you. It destroys families the same way drugs and alcohol do. In fact, the psychological toll of pornography is probably far worse than the physical toll of substance abuse. Do your research rather than defending it because it makes you feel good temporarily. Look where it led this man - and you think it's perfectly safe? Time you saw a professional.

  • Spas Ivins, UT
    July 8, 2014 7:11 a.m.

    Unbelievable that this man was deemed fit to be a policeman.

  • Investigation USA, NY
    July 7, 2014 11:52 p.m.

    So Tragic..

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    July 7, 2014 11:16 p.m.

    I have to ask, how much did the Lindon police department/Utah County Sheriff's office know about this guy? If any of this was known, at what point is he either still on the force or somehow forced to get some help or counseling?

  • mattrick78 Cedar City, UT
    July 7, 2014 9:09 p.m.

    When is it ever effective to argue with someone especially one's spouse or soon to be ex-spouse via text message? Clearly after what he did to her, she MUST have known he had some major issues. She should have stopped the texting, grabbed the kids, and ran. That is easy to say now after the tragedy but it is word to the wise to those who are still here.

  • DistantThunder Vincentown, NJ
    July 7, 2014 8:21 p.m.

    He was willing to drug and rape his wife multiple times. He belonged in jail. She didn't want to ruin his career? She was playing with dynamite, he was a ticking time bomb. Too bad there weren't family members or friends who knew who were strong enough to convince her of a low key way to leave him without all the threats and the affair.

    If he were my brother, I would have reported him to the police. To rape an unconscious woman is a sociopathic thing to do. Clearly out of his mind with grief, rage and trauma and very, very dangerous.

  • Objectified Richfield, UT
    July 7, 2014 6:29 p.m.

    @ duane and Reasonable Person:

    Don't kid yourselves. Pornography can be very addicting. It doesn't take much reading and research to understand how very much so. There are a couple of guys I worked with who have struggled greatly with porno addictions. One lost his job and marriage and the other is still struggling to save his marriage. Both will agree that to some people pornography can be just as addicting as alcohol is to others.
    To live in a state of denial about how destructive porno can be is living in some sort of la-la land or in a state of self-rationalization.


    The article said "Josh had writings that indicated he struggled with inappropriate sexual activity as a minor and into his adulthood." Keep in mind a teenage minor and a child are vastly different. An older teenager can get into all sorts of bad and inappropriate sexual issues and situations besides "raping someone" as you put it. To think otherwise would require extremely loose or nearly non-existent moral standards.

    The very fact he wrote about it indicates he most likely felt there was some inappropriateness going on.

  • wYo8 Rock Springs, WY
    July 7, 2014 6:16 p.m.

    Tragic, commenting mostly to see if it gets by the mods

  • portra777 Lacrosse, WI
    July 7, 2014 4:58 p.m.

    Again, the issue is mental illness. Until the politicians wake up and effectively communicate with the Mental Health industry, there will be no forward movement. The ignorant liberal anti-gun lobby would have Americans anthropomorphising guns and giving them more power than the hands they are wielded by. Mental health is THE issue, and that's where the progress needs to be made. WHAT people kill others with in inconsequential to the main issue--WHY people choose to commit mass murder. In almost every recent case, mental health has been attached. But as with all liberal agendas, WHO and WHY doesn't matter as much as WHAT. Shameful.

    My prayers and thoughts go out to the all those who lost their family at the hands of this truly mentally disturbed individual. May our politicians give you the courtesy of an intelligent response.

  • midvale guy MIDVALE, UT
    July 7, 2014 4:41 p.m.

    So police officers are not being drug tested? Anyone wit a job that requires guns or public safety needs to be tested numerous times per year. I mean a full panel random test too. This is pretty poor and could prevent or address issues before they happen. The government is certainly after gun owners with any kind of history, law enforcement officers should be subjected without question.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    July 7, 2014 3:34 p.m.

    @Reasonable Person

    Have you not heard President Obama after the school shootings during his administration offer the one solution he can come up with - that of gun control to the extent of removing guns from law-abiding citizens such as you and me and my mother? He believes (political grandstanding only) that the only way to deal with this problem is more background checks, more difficulty for everyone to get guns and ammunition, and more government control and more taxes, and more and more and more of the very things that are not the problem. He's an event organizer that can no more than to schedule an anti-gun tour of the talk shows and rallies near gold courses he wants to play. I am asking a simple question. Please answer it if you can. How will a background check on my mother stop any shootings? If you answer that, you'll have a nice list of all the shootings that background check or any other will prevent. Mental illness, drugs (even recreational), and accountability to those whose guns get into the wrong hands will do far more than bothering my mother or yours.

  • Downtime Saint George, UT
    July 7, 2014 2:52 p.m.

    These two adults were a couple of real winners. He on drugs; and she sleeping around with the closest roid head. They deserved each other. Unfortunately, two sweet little children suffered as a result. May the adults both rot in wherever they are now.

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    July 7, 2014 2:51 p.m.

    Cinci Man: your first sentence makes no sense at all. Obama has not taken your guns; although, if you are that fixated on them, perhaps a background check would be in order?

    It sounds to me like the police didn't know what a loser Boren was OR ignored it. Plus, his wife was having an affair AND obviously telling everyone that Boren had drugged and raped her.

    Pornography is NOT an addiction; it's a replacement for the healthy sex life that a couple should be able to enjoy. Many couples use pornography in their marital relations. As long as there's no children involved or brutalization, pornography is not the problem.

    Mentally-ill people with guns (like Boren) ARE the problem. His wife should have reported the rapes, and he should never have been able to carry weapons.

  • Pac_Man Pittsburgh, PA
    July 7, 2014 12:10 p.m.

    Terrible. Why would someone do that?

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    July 7, 2014 12:05 p.m.

    This is so tragic. So I ask again, how is a background check on my mother going to keep a mentally ill police officer from killing his family? You notice that Mr. Obama hasn't required all officers to turn in their guns. They already are subject to background checks and gun registration. So how did those efforts help in this case? Could it be that people kill people, not the guns?

    Again, this case is as tragic as all cases of senseless killings with guns.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    July 7, 2014 9:05 a.m.