Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Banality of Evil, part 666

A story in today's Times is like something out of a made-for-TV movie -- the villainess of the piece perpetrates an act of deliberate, yet totally pointless save for the sadistic thrill, evil. A 47-year-old woman spends weeks posing on-line as the internet 'boyfriend' of her troubled 13- year-old neighbor, just so she can totally crush her (The coup de grace: “The world would be a better place without you.”) which she does, so effectively that the girl hangs herself with a belt in her closet.

Here's the money quote:

The police learned about the hoax when Ms. Drew filed a complaint about the
damage to the foosball table. In the report, she stated that she felt the hoax
“contributed to Megan’s suicide, but she did not feel ‘as guilty’ because at the
funeral she found out Megan had tried to commit suicide before.”

Kind of astonishing that there is no criminal penalty for this sort of thing. I would bet large amounts of money that the Drews are big Bush fans.


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