Dennis Claxton on the murder of 17 yo Lily Burk in L.A. (via the LBO-Talk listserv) She was beaten to death by an assailant after her ATM card wouldn’t give him money.
This murder has been haunting me very directly. The abduction took place in the neighborhood I live in and Lily Burk’s body was left in her car two blocks from my office. I’ve been over there several times now. People have left flowers, candles, notes, and stuffed animals in front of the bay. I think I’ll leave something tomorrow.
I know what he means mean. Sue and I lived in CT briefly, in 2007 when the Cheshire home invasion happened. It stunned everyone. Beyond stunned really. Let me put it this way. Prior to that I lived in LA for 30 years and this was the most sickening home invasion I’ve ever heard of.
The only survivor, the father, was beaten to a pulp with a baseball bat. He wants the death penalty not life in prison, for the alleged humans who stole $15,000 from them, murdered his wife by cutting her throat, raped their 11 and 17 yo daughters repeatedly then doused them with gasoline and burned them alive. They did it clean and sober too, no alcohol or drugs were found in them. The cops caught them fleeing the house.
And it still haunts me.
Author James Ellroy on Lily Burk (no stranger to this, his mother was murdered)
The dead claim the living and tell us how to live. It is imperative that we listen and adhere to their sanction. We are required to work toward probity and comport ourselves as though our lost ones are there with us. This call to virtue proves efficacious over time. We send messages to a spirit and get no material answer. There is only the assumption that she is there and we are here and we must not falter at our task. There is no human terror that the persistent application of love and devotional consciousness cannot transcend. Lily Burk will not return to earth as a 17-year-old girl. Her task is to impart courage in her invisibility. Lily Burk offers us a survival manual, written in her own blood. We are urgently charged to honor her and seek goodness at all costs.