Murder in Baghdad in LA
A horrible double murder took place in an alley around the corner from the Speakeasy today. For a few minutes, it was Baghdad in LA as a car burst into flames, burning up the two children inside before firefighters pulled out a third person, badly burned but alive, who seems to have set the fire. Allegedly, this person is the children’s father.
Everyone in the Speakeasy is shocked and rattled, the smell of burning car and human life floating up to our nostrils on the third floor. People are gathering around the crime scene – nieghbors, cops, firefighters, reporters, looky-loos – everybody looking, wondering…
How could a father do such a thing to his own flesh-and-blood? How can a man kill his own children? The answer is, of course, he must be crazy. But is a man who kills another man’s children any less crazy, any less wrong?
Perhaps this man came home to LA from Iraq where he was ordered to kill other men’s children. Perhaps he was honored for killing other men’s children. Perhaps this is why he felt he had to kill his own.
One crazy killing leads to another until the smell of burning flesh makes you sick. Are we sick enough yet to really try to make it stop?