02 June 2009

Triple Homicide

One downtown parent and her infant son are dead, while another downtown parent mourns her murdered daughter. It truly is an unthinkable tragedy. Parents know what that means. You literally can't imagine the death of your baby because it's just too painful. Trying to imagine another parent's grief is almost as bad.

Now begins the investigative and legal processes which will try to somehow balance this senselessness and set things aright again. We've had a lot of fun using LEGO as a playful proxy for how we would remake our world if imagination were all that mattered. Here's another more serious exploration along that same line.

For some inexplicable reason this design for a LEGO electric chair was rejected. Probably because it didn't include a Joe Deters mini-figure.

Click any pic for larger view. Click HERE for assembly animation.

I remain philosophically opposed to the death penalty. But it sure is difficult to stay committed to that principle when someone shoots a 3 year old and a 9 month old in the head. When it comes time for that particular criminal to receive justice, I'm going to have something (anything) better to do than to protest that execution.


Silliyak said...

I look at it as the intellectual side of my brain (against Cap punishment) and the Emotional side (often for) It's an internal conflict, and I just listen to both sides. Fortunately I don't have to make the actual decision.

CityKin said...

The punishment should fit the crime. In this case, that would be the death penalty. But does it really matter? It is too late.

It would be better to examine what led to this, and learn some lessons. For example we may find out that the killer already had a criminal record, but had no parol officer, and somehow got a gun. Or maybe it will come out that since childhood he exhibited abnormal behavior, but that nothing was done about it etc.. Or we may learn that the woman tried to move to get away from him, but that the landlord wouldn't let her out of her lease.

And speaking of the landlord. Why is it that the newspaper never publishes the exact address of anything? It is always "the 1400 block of xx street".

VisuaLingual said...

Did anyone see the blood on Race St., from about Court to 12th?

CityKin said...

This morning or last night? No but I didn't walk that way.

VisuaLingual said...

I guess it was late afternoon; the blood drops closer to 12th St. seemed pretty fresh.

5chw4r7z said...

I've always believed it was the governments job to eliminate anyone who plans harm to family or friends.
The victims of this crime can't be brought back, but if someone can't follow some basic laws and conform to society, their existence shouldn't be tolerated.

Cincinnati NAMjA said...

I feel the same way about the death penalty. The way that I see if is that it doesn't matter is this monster is brought to justice (though I hope he is) he will definitly get what's coming to him, whether that's in jail or on the streets.