Has society gone completely mad or is there just more media coverage of these atrocities? Last week the body of a 6 year old girl was found in Northport and we still don't know if 2 year old Trenton Duckett from Leesburg is alive. Before that little 9 yr old Jessica Lunsford was kidnapped from her Homosassa home, tortured, raped and buried alive by neighbor John Couey, who had a record for sex crimes. She was found in a garbage bag clutching her Teddy Bear. In 2004 11 year old Carly Brucia was kidnapped, raped and murdered by Joseph Smith who was, thank goodness, convicted last Nov. In April last year 13 year old Sarah Lunde was strangled to death by 36 year old David Onstott, a registered sex offender. (So far I've only mentioned Florida crimes.)
Tonight was one of those times I had to stop to read the headline over & over until it made any sense. Well, it still doesn't and probably never will. A woman in East St. Louis has been charged with cutting the fetus from her "friend's" womb which led to her death and the death of the 7 month old unborn child. She also killed the "friend's" other 3 children by drowning them and then stuffing their bodies into a washing machine and dryer. If I saw this on an episode of Law & Order SVU I probably wouldn't believe it. Last week another woman was arrested in MO for slitting a woman's throat and kidnapping her infant. Fortunately the baby was rescued unharmed. Also in MO a woman will soon go on trial for “snatching” a baby from the womb of a woman in Skidmore. (the news article used that word. How do you 'snatch' a baby from a womb?)
Another incident reported in the news today took place in Baton Rouge. A man abducted his estranged wife and little girl on Friday from her relative's home and drove along the interstate stabbing her with a kitchen knife over and over again. She jumped to run for help, so he began to repeatedly stab his 2 year old. Both the toddler and the mother are in serious condition.
So, as I first wrote, some mad scientist or hateful terrorist must be experimenting with chemicals that force people to commit acts of violence a normal person couldn't possibly imagine. 2 target areas might be FL and select neighborhoods near St. Louis or Baton Rouge. To be fair, I searched inside my mind, my heart and my gut and tried to get to the darkest place. I'm told we all have a Dark Side that raises its ugly head on those days when everything seems to go wrong. Right now I have a very bad toothache and I can think of all sorts of terrible things I want to say to my dentist. Still, even if I were to act out in anger or pain, nothing I would do comes remotely close to committing a violent crime. Now look at today's paper. My Dark Side is not only in a different Ball Park. It's not even in the same Dimension.
Guess I'm lucky I only drink bottled water.