Sunday, April 16, 2006

The banality of evil

The blog of the individual who killed a 10 year-old girl, is here. It would seem that these posts (1, 2, 3, and 4) suggest that he was lonely, didn’t have much luck with a couple of girls, and lost a couple friends when he was in high school and college.

In other words, just like a lot of other people who’ve had a rough go of it. But because he couldn’t take it, he apparently decided to pick a little girl, seemingly at random, murdered her, then planned to do unspeakable things to her.

Unreal. What’s so troubling to me is how hard it would be to screen for this kind of thing. I’m not going to read any more of his blog (however long it stays up, my guess is not too long) to find out whether there are other, more obvious clues to his actions last week. But suffice it to say that this random, senseless act is beyond terrifying.

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