Archive for April 3rd, 2009

If only Death had taken this ass before he killed so many innocent people.

The title read:

Binghamton Bloodbath: 14 Dead in Citizenship Massacre

We have relatives in Binghamton and we called them pretty quickly – everyone ok, no one even near this place.

But I want to say something.  We make up rules. Serial killers or President killers – assassins for the most part… they get three names.  John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, James Earl Ray, Mark David Chapman, etc.

So why can’t we have a rule that says that, when they list the number of dead after a terrible event such as this, they can’t count the killer when he offs himself.  You lump that guy into the tally and it puts him in a group with his victims when he deserves to be alone.  In part:

The wretch, concentred all in self,
Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust, from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonour’d, and unsung.

Sir Walter Scott – The Lay of the Last Minstrel, Cantos Sixth

No, it is not the same context, but the feeling is there.  There should be contempt for this creature.  There should be a declarative statement of just what his end was.  And there should be recognition that he deserves little else.

He killed 13 people.  Thirteen innocent people.  Then he did the world a favor (scant ’twas, devoutly to be wish’d he had started with himself) by suicide.

On the other end of the spectrum, we learn of a woman receptionist, name unknown:

The female, now in critical condition, pretended she was dead to fool the shooter, then ducked underneath her desk to make the 911 call that alerted police.

That is a woman who shoud be wept, honored, and sung.  Preferably while alive.

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