Being in the entertainment business, I try to excite, enthrall, educate and enlighten with my work—what artist doesn’t?
At the end of the day, however, I have to admit to myself that I am playing. Don’t get me wrong: I am working very hard, but ultimately I am working very hard at playing.
And ever more regularly our weak culture snaps me back to reality with thrill-seeking headlines of the latest atrocity or reign of terror.
Case in the point, the brutal murders of Taylor Placker and Skyla Whitaker—13 and 11 eleven years old, respectively—killed on their way to a sleepover, their bodies tossed in a ditch.
Now, most sane people understand my next point, several of you don’t. Please pay attention, grow up and learn how to handle the darkness.
- Motive of the killer: irrelevant
- What was gained by the killing: irrelevant
- Condition of the killer (psychological or otherwise) during the murder: irrelevant.
These considerations are categorically immaterial.
To kidnap to young girls and to brutally slaughter them, causing their last moments on this Earth to be scarred with unfathomable horror, fear, loneliness, and life-ending pain automatically—without interpretation—categorizes one as a “monster.”
Now, here are the rules your parents may not have taught you:
- You do not negotiate with a monster.
- You do not seek to understand a monster.
- You do not accommodate a monster.
- You do not entertain a monster.
- You do not bargain with a monster.
- You do not imprison and study a monster.
- You do not dismiss a monster.
- You do not ignore a monster.
- You do not buy the rights to the monster’s confessional autobiography.
- And most important of all…you never, ever fail to call a monster what it really is.
How do you deal with monsters?
You employ all art, science and powers of investigative detection and you capture the monster.
Now, once you have proven well beyond a reasonable doubt—by videotape, confession, undeniable DNA evidence—that the accused is in fact the monster you are looking for, you take the monster and you kill it: swiftly, surely and efficiently.
You destroy the monster along with all the monsters’ friends who helped it, if any.
Whoever murdered Taylor Placker and Skyla Whitaker is a monster. He may look like a man (or woman), he may dress like a man, carry a man’s name, and conduct himself in all points as a man — but he is, in fact, a monster.
All those fairy tales we heard as children are true: Monsters prey on children until the hero comes along and cuts its head off.
Find the murderer—not some other criminal we decide to pin the blame on so the public can feel secure, not some patsy who falls victim to mob mentality, not some stand-in bad guy—and only the murderer.
Tell him why he’s going to die and kill him.
And the next monster that shows up and does the same thing, it’s just rinse and repeat. Buy and ax and a grinding stone, keep it sharp, and be ready to swing when the next child-raping/killing monster shows up.
I know its hard for many of you to understand. I know you don’t want to believe it. I know many of you cannot discern judgment from violence, thus chirping “but doesn’t that make us just as bad as them?”
The answer is NO. What makes us as “bad as them” is when we fail to be the hero and we let the monsters run free among our children, who they invariably kill.
Grow up. Figure it out. Join the hunt.