As I mentioned in a previous post, one of my readers wanted me to feel more sympathetic towards women like Michelle Kehoe and Andrea Yates, who both brutally murdered their children. Yates drowned her five boys, and Kehoe took a hunting knife and slashed the throats of her two year-old and seven-year old boys. The older child survived and was able to tell the world what his mother did to him.
I want to pose a question to those who feel that compassion ought to be given to mothers who violently murder their children, and that they should be in a mental institution as opposed to prison. Would you feel the same about Phillip Garrido, who kidnapped young Katherine Callaway in 1976 and raped her for five hours in a sex chamber inside a storage unit? The same man who then beat the system and got out of prison in time to kidnap eleven year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard, keeping her prisoner for eighteen years, raping her hundreds of times and fathering two of her children?
How about Anthony Sowell, a man who police say, buried at his home, at least six bodies of the women he raped and killed inside his “house of horrors.” Do you feel sympathy for him? Or is it only women that should receive this compassion? After-all, Sowell, Garrido and Kehoe tried to cover up their crimes. Garrido, Sowell, Yates, and Kehoe all planned their crimes before-hand and hid their crimes from anyone who might stop them. All three of these child victimizers, as well as the rapist Sowell, have serious mental health problems.
If society chooses to give moral and legal immunity to women who commit horrors and murder on their children, then society must also give the same leniency to men who commit sexual degenerate crimes against children and women. There is no separating one from the other. Sex crimes and murder are rooted in some kind of deeply unstable mental issues in the perpetrator. Garrido and Sowell are just as sick and evil as women who kill children. Compassion cannot be given to one and not to the other.
So if the people who want me to feel more compassion are honest with themselves, they are saying that they want a world where all child sexual offenders and child murderers -regardless of the heinous nature of their crimes- should receive sympathy and mental health care for the rest of their life in a hospital, and to serve zero time in prison.
If that ever happened, we would live in a world where it is open-season on children.