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Unjust death

September 15, 2009 - Steve Murch
There are times I have to wonder what kind of a sick, twist world we live in. I've never understood murder – as I'm sure most people don't. Murder, remember is different from self-defense or any act where taking someone's life wasn't the intent; murder is intentional.

Just because you have a beef – and it would have to be a whale of a beef to consider it – there's no reason to take someone's life. Case in point, the killing of the anti-abortion guy in Owosso last week. He was killed in front of the high school. During his year's of protest he had things thrown at him and other junk directed at him. Regardless how you stand on abortion, that kind of treatment should be unacceptable. Those things don't advance the debate. Murder certainly doesn't.

His death seems rather ordinary, if murder can be coined that way. Three deaths – two murders, one a probable self-defense – are in the news as well.

Closing arguments take place today in the trial of a man accused of throwing his 4-year-old daughter off a cliff so he could avoid paying child support payments. The cliff was 120 feet high, roughly the height of a 12-story building.

The second murder, accuses two men of killing a pregnant woman in Pennsylvania then texting photos of the crime scene to her sister. Sick, twist and disturbing. I don't believe in the death penalty because it lets criminal off too easy, but there is nothing that could reach the punishment those two deserve if convicted.

The third one is self-defense, or at least it sounds like it. A Johns Hopkins student killed an intruder in his garage with a samarai sword, according to police. Hard to say what happens from this point, but on the surface it sounds like self-defense. Time will tell.

Without full details and background it's hard to tell about any of the deaths, but death aside from illness or natural causes is unnatural. It's hard to imagine the pain family and friends go through when a loved loses a life in a senseless act. It certainly is enough to make you think, wonder and perhaps worry a little bit.

 
 

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