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Opinion

January 22, 2014

Beth Brodie's killer must not be released

To the editor:

I am writing in objection to a dear friend’s murderer’s possibility for parole. It has been 21 years now since Beth Brodie came to an unjust end. Her family and friends have had to spend every holiday, family function, reunions and just every day living without all the wonderful memories that have been stolen from them.

I have made my fair share of mistakes and wrong-doings and have to account for every one of them. The first step is taking responsibility. Step up and admit you have done wrong. From there your human responsibility is to do what you can to right the wrong you have done. After finally taking this step and making whatever apologies and admissions, you take what steps you need to to get the help to assure you don’t make them again. You learn from your past failures and misjudgments.

It is my understanding that Miss Brodie’s killer has not attempted to even issue a simple apology to the family and friends or said sorry for what they have gone through and now will continue to have to rehash every time he is up for parole. Not once during the trial, and not once in the past 20-plus years have there been any public apologies for the hurt he has done to an entire community.

It saddens me to have to watch the hurt everyone is reliving and it’s my opinion that her brutal murderer should not have the right to be allowed the opportunity to be released from his justified sentence. I understand that due to the new ruling he may have the opportunity for release and hope that the courts will not to allow him to live a life of freedom when he clearly has no remorse for what he has done.

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