An ugly job, but it’s a living

Failed at everything but massacre

Nineteen-year-old murders eight at Omaha mall.

He said he was going out in style and would be famous. High school dropout, recent arrests, lost his girlfriend and the last straw was when he got fired……from McDonald’s. Some would weigh up those facts (C’mon, got fired from being the fry-bitch at Mickey D’s!) and label him a loser. He only became a true loser when he gave up.

Better people than he have suffered worse and came back to hit the ball out of the park – but this little waste-of-genetic-material decided to cash in the few chips he had left and leave the casino. And he became the tragedy that fell upon eight families as they learn of mothers, father, wives, husbands, sons and daughters murdered in a violent spree.




He went from loser to ghoul – an irrational bastard imp of evil set loose upon the innocent – as the pale coward hid behind a gun and opened the doors of hell for the families.


What causes this kind of evil to walk the earth? Satan? Chance? Or has the deathbringer lived in the breasts of man since the first sunrise?

Upon the wings of the fallen dream
I hear the sound of a bleeding mind
Bringer of death
Bringer of death

Wikipedia has an article that lists massacres throughout history. Listed chronologically and broken down into all the handy little categories you would ever need: State-sponsored genocides, Pogroms and religious massacres, Politically motivated non-governmental massacres, Labor conflicts, Criminal and non-political massacres, and the list goes on. Oceans of blood spilled throughout the centuries. Famous events interspersed with people and places I’ve never heard of. A handful of people in one case followed by thousands, hundreds of thousands, and even millions in others.

The roll of killers and the dead are the people of the planet. No country seems to be exempt. All races and religions listed among the death bringers and the slain. The weapons are swords, spears, gun, bombs, starvation, disease, poison, slavery, and some or all of those in myriad combinations.


What a strange animal is man. Capable of intense love, incredible creativity and ingenuity – coupled with the capacity to murder his brothers and sisters by the railroad-car-full.


And the reasons we do it are endless: War, religion, territory, food, sex, money, fear, anger, skin-color, ignorance, blood lust, curiosity and even……fame.


2 responses

  1. Beautifully eloquent.


    6 December, 2007 at 12:50

  2. Thanks Laurie – That means a lot coming from someone I think of as pretty gifted with words.

    7 December, 2007 at 1:05

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