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.
He has had 21 years to realize what he has done was wrong and inhumane. As far as the court’s ruling for his eligibility for parole, I would have to disagree with the notion that a 16-year-old who in today’s standards is deemed developed and responsible enough to be able to drive an automobile, in some cases hold down a job, continue to survive six hours of school, in more cases than not make the choice to have sex, but their brains are not developed enough to know the difference between hurting someone and committing murder in the first degree is wrong.
In Beth Brodie’s case she was killed because she refused to date him. I myself had the wonderful privilege of dating Beth during elementary school into middle school and even after we went in different directions it never crossed my mind that because she didn’t want to date me anymore that she deserved to die. I was 11, 12, 13 years old then and knew that it was wrong to hit, punch, kick, simply hurt someone, let alone outright kill them just because I wasn’t getting what I wanted.
It is my hope and desire that my forever remembered friend Beth Brodie’s killer not be released now or anytime in the near future.