Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Quality Time

On June 19, a fifty-one-year-old Berkeley man, distraught over his finances, killed his wife and two girls Monday evening, in a murder-suicide that one law-enforcement official said was unlike anything he has seen in nearly three decades of police work. On Saturday, searchers recovered a body that they believe is that of Jessie Marie Davis, a pregnant woman who disappeared June 13, police said. Bobby Cutts Jr., the father of Davis' two-year-old son, was arrested and charged with two counts of murder, including that of Davis' unborn child, said Stark County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Rick Perez. Cutts is also believed to be the father of Davis' unborn child. Cutts is an officer with the Canton Police Department. On Monday, pro wrestler Chris Benoit strangled his wife, suffocated his seven-year-old son and placed a Bible next to their bodies before hanging himself with the pulley of a weightlifting machine. It's been a rough week for the traditional American family.
More to the point, what exactly has gone wrong with the fathers here in America? If things are just so darn awful and black, and biting down on the barrel of your .357 magnum revolver or snapping your neck with a piece of exercise equipment seems like the only option, so be it. But when you feel the need to take people with you - children - then it's time to start hoping for some version of purgatory where souls such as these get eternity plus ten to be raked over the coals. Kudos to Mister Cutts for letting the two-year-old live, but maybe he could have saved the taxpayers and overwhelmed judicial system a few months and hundreds of thousands of dollars by completing the trifecta. Happy Father's Day, fellas.

1 comment:

A. Mercer said...

It's from that same line of thinking as, "I brought you into this world, I can take you out of it." They see their wives and children as property, not fellow human beings. They have a strange version of egocentrism that doesn't see their families as separate individuals, so like changing old furniture, and throwing out the sofa, they can remove them. Just like the Pharohs of old who went to the next life with their servants, because they can't separate their families from themselves when they are killing themselves the family members get to go along as part of the package.