Don't get me started on the legal system. I've just about lost all faith in it. My g/f's best friend was murdered up in Seattle by a guy whom he hooked up with for an encounter. I shouldn't say murdered though.. I should say butchered. He was stabbed over 30 times starting in the bathroom, going down the hall, through the living room, and into the kitchen (per the forensic reports from the trial). The guy then dismembered him, threw the body parts around the house, cleaned up all the blood, took another shower to clean himself up, stole everything of value, put it all in my g/f's best friends car, then stole the car too. Everyone in the Seattle law enforcement communty who was involved in this said it was the most violent crime they had ever seen.
He was sentenced 2 weeks ago. His punishment for doing this? 10 years with chance of parole. The justice system feels that life is cheap apparently.
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Oogie, that's just horrible! And completely understand the frustration with the justice system. I was married to an extremely abusive cop for 21 years (and yes, I know not all of them are like that..most are nice people, I just happened to get the looser..)
When we got divorced, he and his girlfriend (a dispatcher) broke into my house USING the PD's equipment...and all he got was told.."don't do that again" (BTW his girlfriend had FIVE restraining orders from other officer's wives at the time for shooting out their windows in their homes..AND she still continued to work for the same PD). So.. while nothing as even remotely as horrific as what your describing...but still the system is in desperate need of overhaul.
(Back to the original topic. Yes, as horrible as it is, I can believe that parents would do that... I personally know of a situation where a 12 year old girl was impregnated by her own father..and the Dad just got "counseling and probation" for his crime. The girl was placed into Foster Care to be "possibily reunited with the family when the father has completed his parenting courses!!!" ARRGGGHHHHH
Oh my god! I need a puking smiliey. This will work:
Oogie, I remember you talked about your g/f's best friend at the Meet but I didn't really hear all that happened. How horrific. I am so sorry for your g/f and of course, her friend's family. That tears my heart out.