Charlotte Observer's Managing Editor discusses paper's investigation of Chapman case
Early last week, news broke that a Charlotte man named Kenny Chapman had murdered his wife and two of the couple's four children. He and the other two children then lived for two weeks with two dead bodies in their home. Then Chapman killed himself when police began to investigate. Since then The Charlotte Observer has uncovered the fact that Chapman had sought mental health treatment just hours before he killed his wife. The details include how Chapman was evaluated and how he was treated. Actually seeing such information in a public forum is rare, because of tight federal privacy rules known as HIPPA. The Observer's Managing Editor, Cheryl Carpenter, says the paper began an investigation in hopes of better understanding what led up to the killings.