Yes, I said Humans.
You think your actions don't have consequences.
You think you can lie and truth will never be known.
You think you are really that clever??
Pretty scary stuff.
Living right under the noses of the people that are supposed to protect us and all that.
It points directly to the lack of effort of those of authority.
hehehe I like the fact he was caught by signing up for VA benefits!
It seems that despite what we think are long periods of time, karma always brings it back around. I think time is irrelevant in a universal sense.
Intriguing story, cags. Thanks for the link.
People will never cease to amaze me in their stupidity. To feel you wouldn't get caught then say it isn't FAIR that you did? Really? (It seems I've said that word alot today in relation to various hubs and forum discussions-what does THAT say? LOL)
What is the purpose of prison? I was always led to believe that the purpose was to turn bad people into good and helpful members of society, not just a punishment!
This guy went to prison for nearly 20 years and then skipped.. He then behaved like a model citizen.. 20 years of prison obviously worked.....
Lots of mixed up kids make huge mistakes, often sending them to prison makes them worse not better... surely this is a success story for the prison service!!!
I can see your point here.....It does give one something to think about!
Murdering is not honorable. Skipping a prison sentence is not honorable. As I read the article I got a distinct sense that his issue was not remorse for the murder he committed, it was for being caught, not once, but twice. If he had remorse, he would try to heal the wounds of the family he victimized, and apologize. However, he has no intention of meeting with any family members, because he's mad he got caught. And, he COULDN'T REMEMBER THE NAME OF HIS VICTIM???? Wow. Model citizen, all right. NOT.
I think that says it all. He's not a reformed ciminal. He sounds more like a sociopath who, once caught, decided he couldn't get caught again, so he faked a "good" life. That's all. No remorse = criminal.
My opinion, anyway.
I think the important thing to notice is: He served his prison sentence. Sure he skipped out on Parole - how serious of a crime is that? Then he lived his life as a model citizen. Does that really deserve punishment?
Other important factors: he threatened the judge, jury, and courtroom in general. He doesn't remember the name of the man he murdered (how important is that fact?) He has used more than one alias. Is he really that trustworthy?
I love how you technically contradicted yourself! It proves the complexity of this particular situation.
She probably did it intentionally to draw attention to the complexity. She's very intelligent and perceptive.
I haven't read the article yet, so don't assume anything about my opinion of it.
wow, thanks for the compliment. I didn't do it on purpose, it just came out that way. Criticizing both sides, basically.....
EDIT: sorry, Aficionada. My son saw my comment and told me I shouldn't have said that...he said it detracts from your compliment, so I wanted to apologize.
I did go to the article and read it. I was struck by the fact that as a youth he was discharged from the Navy for mental issues.
Now, at age 79 he still identifies with three different identities? And the one that committed the murder ("not me") is almost treated like a joke? Someone who receives a birthday card every year?
Definitely sounds to me more like a sociopath than a reformed criminal. But at the same time, the punishment (or reformation?) should fit the crime. Since the current crime is parole violation, the punishment should fit that crime.
He appropriated for himself a gift that thousands of murderers would love to have - decades of a decent life outside of prison. But the family whose relative was shot six times (for what reason???) will never receive their loved one back.
It's definitely complex - a lot of good points on both sides, even though I do tend to lean towards agreement with returning him to prison or finding some other significant solution that gives closure to the family and to society for the heinous act he committed as a youth.
The moral of the story being, if he is mentally ill, which is very likely, he is STILL a danger to society, regardless of whether or not anyone believes he "paid" the price of his crime.
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