Why a young woman with two small children would commence a relationship with a recently released convict? And the disgustingly light sentence of involuntary manslaughter this convict had earlier received for another murder in 1997, when he bound 18-year-old Misty Keckler's hands behind her back, strangled her, and submerged her in a bathtub full of water is a Theordore Dreiser An American Tragedy-type clarion call what's wrong with today's society. And Curtis Clinton's feeble explanation of sexual games gone awry never should have been given a moment's consideration in a despicable plea bargain.
The maximum sentence for first-degree felony is only ten years, thanks to the 1994 Truth in Sentencing Law? That's shocking, considering serious crimes often do get plea bargained from murder to manslaughter. That's according to Rick Decker of Toledo, a Facebook commenter for the linked story above. And this Curtis Clinton animal stayed in longer for misbehavior, when he misbehaved by biting an officer's hand. Yet, after 13 years he gets out and promptly is alleged to have raped a woman, killed another woman, and strangled two small children in a shocking way that Shakespeare describes with the two young princes in Richard III.
Obviously, mistakes were made with this animal. But not just by the criminal justice system. What was the young lady thinking? We had a similar situation in Wolfeboro, where a mother of five was stabbed to death on Mother's Day in 2009. The first murder in that picturesque town since 1961. The police have so far made no arrests, made no public signs that the crime has been solved.
Could it be that the mother had a restraining order on her ex-husband, was simultaneously dating several men, two of whom got in a fistfight the night before the murder, and she was stabbed multiple times in the early morning hours only to be discovered by her children in their pajamas? Do women know the power of sexual jealousy? Have they lost their minds? As Shelley Rubin writes:
Drinking. Clubbing. Picking up strangers at bars. Trusting that being single and independent confers on them a mantle of indestructibility. All young. All female. All encouraged to believe that they were immortal, with far too few parents reminding them that they are not.
Ladies, if you're going to play with fire, you'll likely get burned. The best way to stay safe is to be a traditionalist. Be moral. Don't divorce your husband when you have two very small children and try to find a more exciting catch, a recent release from the penitentiary. Your grandmothers had infinitely more common sense than that.
She the comments of Lawrence Auster at the bottom of this entry, which I find very wise.