Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ian Brady: A Monster finally dies

Posted By on Tue, May 16, 2017 at 1:55 PM

When I was a child I knew all about bad guys. After all, I watched war movies, westerns and cop shows. Bad guys were bank robbers, gunslingers and enemy soldiers. But then I read about Britain’s Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, who sexually abused, tortured and killed five children together, my view of the world became darker, and a little harder to understand.

Thanks to the news coverage in The Daily Express, I knew about the Moors long before reading about them in any Sherlock Holmes story.

The Moors: a particularly grim and lonely place in which to dispose of the bodies of innocent children.

Brady, who died yesterday in orison, never expressed the slightest bit of remorse for the young boys and girls (aged 10 through 17) whose lives he made into a living hell before their deaths.

His partner-in-terror, Myra Hindley, died in 2002.

Today, young children can watch “documentaries” on the Investigation Discovery (ID) cable network, and a whole world of sadism can be opened up to them. But in the 1960s, we were generally protected from such evil. Hell, even most American newspapers probably wouldn’t have gone into the detail that the British papers indulged in.

I think I have been fascinated by the nature of evil ever since reading the accounts of those horrific crimes. But to this day I cannot understand why anyone can even contemplate committing such horrors.

And really, I hope I never do.

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Today’s Soundtrack

Writing today’s blog while listening to a CD - "The Complete Wedding Album" - which has a lot of classical music used at weddings.

Still, when the piece from "Platoon" is chosen, it makes you wonder if the folks responsible for picking the music have very high hopes for the marriage.

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My interview with Art Hobson, Professor Emeritus at the UA, who discusses his new book, "Tales of the Quantum."

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Man is an embodied paradox, a bundle of contradictions. - Charles Cotton

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