Thursday, June 12, 2008

Reality Worse Than Fiction

Smallest Minority posted an article about one of the most shockingly violent and horrendous crimes it's been my misfortune to read. There have been complaints about the horror genre "torture porn" recently (IMHO, nothing compared to some of the things which appeared in late '70s cinema- go watch some of the cannibal films from the period if you don't believe me). Anyway, the crime Kevin reported on is much, much worse than anything Hollywood has ever produced. If you're of a sensitive disposition I'd advise you not to read any further. Seriously.

Over many torturous hours, she had been repeatedly raped, sodomized and forced to perform oral sex, a prosecutor told a jury on Thursday. The accused, Robert A. Williams, 31, had doused the woman’s face and body with boiling water and bleach, forced her to swallow handfuls of pills and to chase them with beer, sealed her mouth with glue, and bound her wrists and legs with shoelaces, cords and duct tape, said the prosecutor, Ann P. Prunty. And now, Ms. Prunty said, he was asking the woman to gouge out her own eyes with a pair of scissors.

And so the woman, sitting on the floor of her studio apartment in Hamilton Heights and holding a pair of scissors between her knees — the blade pointing toward her face — tried to stop the suffering. She lowered her face to the blade, but turned her head at the last moment, trying to stab herself in the neck instead of her eyes.

The scissors slipped from her grasp, the suicide attempt failed, and the woman suffered several more hours of torture, Ms. Prunty said.

Remember this story the next time someone says that you shouldn't want to defend yourself or your family from criminals. "Just give them what they want", they argue. Yeah, well, what if what they want is to torture you so badly that you want to kill yourself to make it all end?

Monsters do exist. Robert Williams is proof of that. The police couldn't prevent this crime- the victim was on her own and helpless to resist. Learn to defend yourself with whatever tools you have available. And if you're so inclined, it wouldn't hurt to say a prayer for his victim.

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