Thursday, October 25, 2012

Powerful Words from an Unlikely Source

Thursday's are usually a post-free day from PD, but I thought I'd break with tradition to provide these words to victim's everywhere:

“Please do not allow my actions and the actions of Muhammad to hold you hostage and continue to victimize you for the rest of your life. If you give those images and thoughts that power, it will continue to inflict that suffering over and over and over and over and over again. Do not give me or him that much power.”

The speaker?  John Lee Malvo.  He was the second half of the D.C. shooting spree that terrorized Washington in 2002.  He was 17 at the time of the crimes and spoke to the Today Show this morning from jail where he is serving his life sentence.  His partner John Allen Muhammad was executed in 2009.  Here is the interview where he claims Muhammad sexually abused him during their time together:

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Are these the words of a reformed young man?  Or something else?

1 comment:

  1. I watched this interview this morning! I don't think he is reformed and I don't think that he thinks he is reformed. He seemed to be pretty clear on the fact that what he did was wrong, he just didn't seem to care. It is weird and uncomfortable though that words of seeming wisdom would come from someone so completely soulless. But in a way he is right--I would hope that families who lose their loved ones to violent criminals would not allow the specter of that person to rule their lives. It is very hard not to but they really don't deserve anymore power.