|I could help her with this.|
One other little thing I like to do is peruse the Wake County arrest photos on the local teevee station's website. It pays to be able to know who the local miscreants are! While scrolling through the mugshots, I'll try to guess their age and crime. It's surprising how often I'm wrong on the age things, esp. for arrestees who are older than about 25. There are some rough-looking folks out there who, it appears, have been knocked around by life.
Just a little while ago, I was doing the weekly scroll, and noting that it was mostly drug stuff, or breaking and entering (popular with the under-20 crowd), or DWI stuff. Then I came upon a mug shot of this slim, sort of sad-looking young man with bleached dreads and I thought 'Oh my goodness, whatever could he have done wrong? He looks kind of sweet.' which is why I would make a horrible detective, because this kid had one word in his arrest notation: murder. MURDER! You just don't see that every day around here.
I have had some murderous thoughts in my past, I will say that much. The thought of actually DOING it though would give me much pause. Crafting a back-story and a good alibi would take a lot of work, don't you think? By that I mean that if I was going to commit murder, I'd want to be able to get out of it if arrested. Innocence is a pretty high hurdle to get over if you're going to become homicidal, which is why I've never done so.
Clearly this kid didn't think his cunning plan all the way through. Murder. That's pretty harsh, dude.
He should have maybe stuck with 'AWDW' and 'posses SCH1' or something a little less...desperate, maybe. Get in a little trouble, go away for a while, come out and maybe your problem person would have been 'taken care of' by someone else. But wow. Murder.
Perhaps I dwell on this too much, but one can't help but wonder what leads people to such actions. The father that drowned his children, the person who commits murder then suicide, the person who kills to get into a gang - did they at some point stop to think 'man, this is messed up, I need to get help'? When does killing someone become the BEST option?
That also goes for the death penalty, BTW. I really think prisoners who are jailed for terrible crimes should fester away in prison for the rest of their lives, no hope of parole. Just stick 'em in the can and leave 'em. With books. And a job to do. And one jar of Nutella a year, to show them what they're missing, because on the outside, you can have Nutella pretty much whenever you want.
So, I guess this is to say that even IF you make me really really mad, I probably won't kill you. I'll probably just get all thoughty and metaphysical and introspective, THEN maybe clang you in the head with a pot to show you how mad I am.
My gift to you.