November 18, 2005

Unspeakable Crimes

A Mom and Her Blog, who has a righteous passion for justice when it comes to children, has a story about an important conviction of a child murderer.

This is the kind of event that sets us all back on our heels: we find ourselves desperate for justice in cases like this, and become convinced that if we don't get it, we'll never eat or sleep again.

The hardest thing I do, as a crime writer, is reading accounts of the evil that men and women do—especially those that steal people's lives. Especially those that steal children's innocence.

But I don't let myself cry about it. I cry about war, but I don't cry about crime.

In the case of war, I don't feel qualified to do anything concrete about it (except to publicize that it's going on, and that we have a lot at stake).

In the case of crime, I have the power to raise public awareness on a more concrete level, and to underscore—in every piece of extended fiction I write—that there is such a thing as right and wrong, and that the former is worth fighting for.

Many assume that people like me are merely making idle puzzles out of people's grief. Not so. We are reminding people what the face of evil looks like when it's still on a human scale—in Stalin's terms, not statistics yet, but only tragedy—and underscoring what our warriors fight for overseas: a society in which those who lose their children get to face the murderers in court, and see justice done.

It's not satisfactory in the least, but it's critically important.

Go read the post. Share my disdain for the cultists that surround every successful killer. And hook up with civilization.

Posted by Attila at November 18, 2005 11:08 PM | TrackBack
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At my office we have a custom computer application that gives a unique number to all cases we input (does not include traffic or direct file citations that go directly to court)...

Yesterday the count rolled 62,000 for this year to date.

The majority is pretty mundane petty and stupid stuff - DUI, petty theft, drug charges ... but way too much is the stuff that makes one want to build a cabin in the wilderness and barricade it against the world.

Posted by: Darleen at November 19, 2005 09:52 AM


One of the reasons I always write about people defending themselves is that I want people to realize that they can take some action to ensure their own safety.

There are no guarantees, but that doesn't mean that you should not try to defend yourself and your family.

Too much of our culture preaches "you are not responsible." You are responsible for your actions. If you try and fail, that just means you are human, but if you fail to even try then have problems.

And taking some action improves your chance of survival many times.

Posted by: Zendo Deb at November 19, 2005 05:22 PM




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