Bad seed

Police officer Lori Coppinger, in a letter to the Hartford Courant, on the horrific home invasion murders in Cheshire CT.

I have been a police officer for 25 years, and I’ve seen plenty of monsters while working on homicide, sexual assault and pedophile cases. It’s probably what led me to go back to school for a master’s in theology. I needed the spiritual world because my daily contact with crime had weakened my trust in human beings.

Dr. Scott Peck, the renowned psychiatrist who wrote “People of the Lie,” came to the conclusion after years of working with people in therapy that some human beings are born evil and stay that way. Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes are two such people.

I too asked where was God when those two monsters beat Dr. William Petit unconscious, strangled his wife, poured gasoline around a terrified 11-year-old little girl and her 17-year-old sister and then lit a match.

I tell my son that monsters don’t exist. When he gets older, he will find out that they do indeed walk this earth.


  1. My friend who is serving 36 to Life in a CA prison once suggested that the U.S. send people like him to Iraq. They’re all in excellent physical condition, and have very little to live for. But, as Eli points out, that might raise the level of atrocities against civilians.

    Assuming our government doesn’t want that, we’ll probably need to continue to send fresh-faced young kids just out of high school.

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