After 18 years working as a writer, it’s not often the news shocks me anymore. Sure, people lie, they steal, they kill, and they often get away with crimes — sick and twisted acts against humanity — that never should go unpunished.
Today, however, several news articles caught my eye. They all don’t involve murder, and some aren’t even crimes against humanity but rather crimes against canines and wild animals.
Still, they all had the ability to stun me, to leave me asking questions like “How could someone do this?”
Dept. of Homeland Security official arrested in child sex sting
Meet Brian J. Doyle, 55, who didn’t even bother to conceal his identity while engaging in online conversations “too extraordinary and graphic for public release,” according to a statement from the Montgomery County (MD) sheriff’s office. Doyle not only gives the “14-year-old girl” (actually an undercover officer) both his home and work numbers, but even his government-issued cell phone number.
A back to school special…
Teacher charged with raping student 28 times
Rachel L. Holt, a 34-year-old science teacher at Claymont Elementary School in Deleware, is charged with having sex with a 13-year-old student 28 times over a one week period. But not without an audience, of course. A 12-year-old.
And the final stomach twister…
Dog decapitations shock Michigan town
Nine dead dogs — including four without heads — are found dumped in a rural Michigan township, along with piles of skinned foxes and coyotes. Despite a growing reward, officials have yet to determine who is responsible or even who the dogs belonged to.
Jody – who won’t be visiting Michigan (with her dogs) anytime soon.