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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #21)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:42 AM

36. it ain't just you

 

Take a possibly criminal tragedy and make it all about the gunz. Common pattern.

I once had to read the details of the post mortem examinations done on the 14 women killed by Marc LÚpine in the "Montreal massacre". I actually didn't make it all the way through. The descriptions of the paths travelled by bullets ricocheting around inside a body and the damage they did as they passed through ...

But the genuinely heartbreaking aspect was the listing of the clothing and personal effects with the bodies. One pair white socks, blue pullover sweater ...

Actual people, living and breathing and wearing white socks and carrying their books in a backpack, until the bullets did their work. The sort of thing that normal people weep when they read, no matter who the victim. Death in its matter-of-fact details isn't something that ordinary people generally deal in.

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