A look at the front page of one of our daily newspapers this morning left me feeling the sort of jubilation that Christmas should evoke, though it rarely does any longer.
The headline read: ‘Proctor killers given life sentences’. A simple and straightforward message that indicates that just maybe things can unfold in the manner they should.
The very brief back story that evoked the headline concerns the actions of two hideous young pieces of psychopathic human excreta who, for reasons that will only ever be known to them in their warped and vile fantasies, decided to take the life of a young woman named Kimberly Proctor in the fine city of Victoria BC.
The only thought that came to my mind when I read that the evil creepoids had been elevated to adult status by the courts (they were juvies when the crime was committed) was: “Your lives are over, boys.” And metaphorically they are. Then that is justice of a sort. After all, lovely young Kimberly’s life is over thanks to your evil fantasies, and the lives of all of Kimberly’s kin and kith are over, too. I wonder if I hanker after your lives being over in more than a metaphorical manner, but I don’t want to open that debate.
Now, this is a serious and even dreary subject for a blog, but I felt compelled to expose some of my thoughts on crime, justice, and how we deal with unrelenting evil in certain individuals. I will spare you detail of their hideous crime because even this jaded old newspaper guy found them too disgusting to expose yet again.
Suffice it to say that we are dealing with a duo on a caliber of the Columbine creeps and they didn’t even have the fucking honor to off themselves like the Columbine maniacs. In fact, neither of them showed a hint of remorse during their trial. Neither showed any shame. Shrinks that testified as expert witnesses basically said (to the delight of the prosecution side): “Don’t ever let ‘em out because their potential to do it again is huge!”
Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree dep’t: The father of one of horrible twins is currently serving a life sentence for the brutal rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl.
So, thoughts swirl around in my mind: If I were Kimberly’s parents would I want to take out a contract with somebody in the joint to just rid the world of two individuals who had ruined our lives? Would I like to see them put out in the general prison population where one or two inmates just might be missing their adored younger sisters? Oh yes, I would to the latter, and I could fully understand the former.
I don’t presume to suggest what creates human monsters and I ultimately have no answer as to how a civilized society must deal with such creatures.
All I know is that we must be rid of such people one way or another to make sure that we and our sons and daughters remain as safe as possible.
Nothing will bring Kimberly back, but maybe for her family this leaves a little tiny microcosm of faith that society didn’t fail them.