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If I Kill Somebody, Itís Not My Fault.
www.caffeinatedthoughts.com ^ | September 1, 2010 | David J Shedlock

Posted on 09/01/2010 10:01:46 PM PDT by grassboots.org

[caption id="attachment_9110" align="alignright" width="240" caption="It's Nobody's Fault"]Crime Scene Tape with the words "Crime Scene: Do Not Blame" printed on it.[/caption]

A brief survey of stories about murders around the country shows how frequently family members, victims, the police, and others involved gravitate toward the notion that the murderer was crazy or as some call it, “mentally” ill. It isn’t always stated that way, but sympathy for the murderer is sometimes given more coverage than for the murder victim. Suggestions that the perpetrator “must have snapped” is simply a way to excuse murder. In fact, a reality television with the name “Snapped” has been created to explore stories of women who murdered their husbands.

I briefly examined the phenomenon of excusing murder in an earlier post about the murders at a Connecticut beer distributorship.

Recently, Kenneth Ward shot Clay Sanner to death at a Mormon church in Visalia, California. Ward was later killed in a shootout with police. One relative of Ward told the press “Mental illness killed my brother and Mr. Sanner.” In other words, he wasn’t really responsible, his sickness was. I realize that such thoughts can be a source of comfort for relatives of the perpetrators who can’t fathom the idea their loved-ones did something that was just evil. But how does that make sense when relatives or friends of the victim use such language?

Teenager Zahid Makda of Standerton, Mpumalanga (South Africa) has been accused of having his own parents murdered because they refused to give him money to go out. He hired a classmate and another man to stab them to death. A close family friend and guardian of the couple’s children said “He must have snapped? No one in his real frame of mind is

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TOPICS: Local News; Miscellaneous; Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: murder; ptsd; snapped; victims
Today's hostage situation is more of the same. Michael Medved repeatedly called the kidnapper crazy.
1 posted on 09/01/2010 10:01:50 PM PDT by grassboots.org
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To: grassboots.org

Some of these folks may well be mentally ill. Others just plain enjoy their crime(s).

Regardless, every last one of them knows right from wrong.


2 posted on 09/01/2010 10:09:41 PM PDT by freespirited
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To: freespirited

Funny. I was just watching the movie “Chicago.”


3 posted on 09/01/2010 10:18:00 PM PDT by SweetWilliamsMom
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To: grassboots.org

Neat post.


4 posted on 09/01/2010 10:29:15 PM PDT by Dryman ("FREE THE LONG FORM!")
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