I just participated in a homicide investigators course taught by some of the best homicide detectives the city of Boston has ever produced. And although I will not discuss the contents, the class has reaffirmed my contention that evil exists. The instructors offered several case studies of recent murder cases. One case was a couple of gangbangers who broke into the wrong home and murdered one resident. Apparently they were looking for a rival gang loser who recently moved. The poor residents had nothing to do with anything and one paid the ultimate price. Evil.
However, these case studies opened my eyes to a much bigger, inescapable truth. I commonly watch on the local news of shootings that happen in one part of the city or another, but once that 30 second spot is over we viewers go on about our lives. We stand ignorant to the bigger issue, which is wanna-be gangbangers.
The deeper you look into the lives of these homicide suspects the easier it is to see that they’re nobody’s trying to be somebody. They grow up in a neighborhood where there is some sort of street pride among the older, cool kids. The younger kids, who have no supervision or quality parental figure, look to these older kids in admiration. Thus, the younger kids see them do bad stuff and figure that must be cool. Then they emulate evil behavior. With nobody telling them otherwise, how would they know any better. By the way, there are no real gangbangers. These older losers are imitating rappers, television, youtube videos and other media that have painted “gangbanging” as cool. They want to be, therefore they are.
What’s astonishing to me is when they create beefs with other “rival” gangs just to keep themselves relevant. It becomes an unparalleled sense of self-importance. They Snapchat, or Instagram gang hand signs and other insults and the rival gang, (for no other reason than street credibility), go and shoot up their neighborhood. Sometimes they get the right guy, sometimes not. Sometimes the right guy dies, sometime not. And then there’s the homicide detective to put it all together.
I don’t know how homicide detectives do it day in and day out...I’d go insane. They spend most their time investigating the shooting death of a loser gang member who, had he not been killed, would’ve been the suspect in a future murder. Once this loser dies, there’s another around the corner to take his place and the cycle continues. The only viable explanation is evil.
So I guess the lesson in all this is do everything you can to protect yourself. If your in a shitty neighborhood: move. If you associate with a wanna-be gang loser or his family: stop. If you work in a place that employs parolee's: quit. No job, house or friend is worth it.
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