I don't believe that Jonathon's problems we a direct result of his family's adventures either. If it had any impact on what has happened since, it was that he missed the freedom and adventure. The death of his mother less than 2 years after they returned had to have had a major impact.
He has been charged with attempted murder and has been sent for psychiatric evaluation.
One note, though, Jonaton was the middle child, not the eldest. He was 9 when they sailed away and 13 when they returned.
If anyone is interested, have a look at the site that was created to follow their adventures. www.northernmagic.com
On one last note, It was Hurbert's dream to sail around the world, from before he met Diane and they had the children
. She tolerated the water
, hated fish
and most things boaty, so he buried the dream. Then, after 20 years of family life in the rat race
, Herbert was injured in an accident
at work and Diane was diagnosed with cancer. At that time they sat down and evaluated things and decided it was now or never. Diane, once opposed to the idea then fully embraced it and infact, meticulously documented it on the site.
Lori, Rick and Shadow