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Former Penn State football Coach, Joe Paterno, died last Sunday, January 22, 2012. He had been undergoing treatment for lung cancer. But I think he died of a broken heart over the Sandusky sex abuse scandal. The fired coach had said he wished he had done more than just notify two university officials about a witness account of Sandusky raping a little boy in the shower at Penn State facilities.
By all accounts, Joe Paterno was a kind man, in addition to being an amazing football coach. But with the Sandusky sex abuse scandal exposed in its monstrous glory, Paterno probably realized the extent of his moral missteps and couldn’t bear the pain and guilt. Do I think Paterno could have done more to protect those boys? Yes. Do I have sympathy for Paterno? Yes. May he rest in peace.
“Sandusky Victims: Summary of Allegations From Grand Jury Testimony Report“
Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” is a song about “Smashing Pumpkins touring keyboard player Jonathan Melvoin, who overdosed on heroin and died in 1996.” It’s a sad but beautiful song made lovelier by Sarah McLachlan’s voice. To be morbid, this is a nice funeral song. In fact, I bet “Angel” is played at many funerals or memorial services.
“Angel,” written and performed by Sarah McLachlan and Matteo Saggese
Spend all your time waiting
For that second chance
For a break that would make it okay
There’s always some reason
To feel not good enough
And it’s hard at the end of the day Continue reading
File this post under “Morbid News.” If Jerry Sandusky is found guilty by a jury of unbiased Americans, then the eight victims in the grand jury report, as well as any other victims, suffered the premature death of their innocence and childhood. In addition, according to research and statistics, sex abuse victims are more likely to suffer from depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol and drug abuse, and suicide. I hope and pray that Sandusky’s alleged victims encounter a world that is patient, understanding, and optimistic towards them.
Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at Penn State, currently faces 40 criminal counts for allegedly sexually abusing eight boys over a fifteen-year period. Sandusky, 67, maintains his innocence. Since the release of the grand jury report on November 4, 2011, several more victims of alleged abuse have stepped forward. Details of these new allegations are still trickling out.
For now, the grand jury outlines the allegations of eight victims. Below is a summary of their respective testimonies. Continue reading
I have been following the Petit murder story since the crime was first reported. This gruesome tragedy reminds me of the criminals and victims depicted in Truman Capote’s nonfiction book, In Cold Blood: Two murderers who hail from underprivileged and abusive upbringings. An upstanding American family brutally slain. Capote managed to summon some sympathy from me towards the killers in In Cold Blood. But I can’t say I feel any sympathy for the now convicted killers of the Petit family.
On July 23, 2007, Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes broke into the Petit family home in Cheshire, Connecticut. The defendants claim they simply wanted to rob the family…only they did so much more. All four family members — father, mother, an 11 year-old daughter, and a 17 year-old daughter — were tied up. The father, Dr. William Petit, was beaten severely. The mother was raped and killed by Hayes. The daughters were molested and killed by Komisarjevsky. Dr. Petit managed to crawl away to summon help. The rest of the family members were doused with gas and burned. It’s unclear whether they died before or during the fire.
Both Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes were found guilty by jury in two separate trials in which they blamed each other for masterminding the murders. Hayes has been sentenced to death; Komisarjevsky will likely also get the death sentence on October 24th, at the penalty phase of his hearing.
Do you believe these men should be punished by death?
This is a terrible story. An ex-husband walked into a beauty salon yesterday in Seal Beach, CA. He wore a bullet-proof vest and was fully armed. He shot and killed eight people, including his ex-wife, with whom he was in a bitter custody battle.
Imagine what it would have been like to be a customer getting your hair done in that salon when this happened. As many women and some men well know, a visit to the salon is a relaxing, indulgent experience. Many people are on very friendly terms with their hair dresser. Mine is almost like a therapist to me.
I was listening to this story on the radio yesterday. A few folks who knew the victims were interviewed. Apparently, the gunman Scott Dekraai is manic depressive and abusive. But according to this Huffington Post article, the gunman was a nice guy:
Dekraai’s neighbors described him as an outgoing man who invited them over for pool parties at the house he’d lived in for about six years. They said he doted on his son, playing catch with the boy in his yard.
Neighbors said they were aware Dekraai was in a custody battle with his ex-wife over their son, who neighbors said is 7 or 8 years old.
“It was a very difficult battle and he was trying to get more time” with his son, said Jo Cornhall, who lives across the street from Dekraai.
Next-door neighbor Stephanie Malchow, 29, said she was shocked when she saw the photo of the stocky man with thinning hair being detained by Seal Beach police.