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Monday, August 21, 2006

#250: Murder-Suicide

I am annoyed by the insane action of killing someone then yourself. Obviously killing at all is bad, but when you actually plan to kill yourself after your murder, it's either the most selfish act possible (you are depressed and want to take others down if you're going down), or the killer in advance of his actions knows he can't live with the guilt so just plans to immediately kill himself after his murderous act. How someone can consciously do an act that they know they will not be able to live with is annoying to me. It defeats the whole purpose of shame when someone tries to skirt this emotional check on improper actions by taking their own life. This is not to say that regular murder does not annoy me as well, but that's fairly obvious and this annoys me more and I only put specific annoyances to me personally here. Severity: 4


Anonymous said...

Also, people kill and then kill themselves so as not to go to prison. I wonder if they derive some sort of satisfaction in knowing that justice will not be served.

Marc Schoenfeld said...

Maybe, or maybe it's just that they know they won't enjoy jail or being on the run so much that they'd rather be dead. But I think in most cases, it's the guilt that they can't live with. And that they know in advance that they won't be able to live with it, yet they do it anyway.