THIS week I experienced the event that all parents pray they never have to go through. One of my youngsters went missing.
She had in fact managed to abscond as we waited to enter the school building. The reasons for her actions are not however the point of this week’s missive (I don’t have anywhere near enough space!)
What it did achieve was to bring excruciatingly home the anguish, panic and pure desperation that is felt when this situation occurs.
As you rush around the area, frantically looking for any familiarity or possible characteristics of your tot among the host of visitors on the beaches and pavements, you find yourself literally trembling with trepidation as unimaginable actions, possibly being perpetrated on your treasure, even as you search.
Some five hours later, after the police and many wonderful friends had pulled out all the stops, she showed up at the house.
When I received the call that she was safe, my strength completely drained away. I almost collapsed with the sheer relief and release of the unbearable stress we had been subjected to for the previous few hours.
Thank the Lord that in my case all’s well that ended well. But what about those tragic families who are not rewarded with a successful outcome to their search?
Their anguish must be almost beyond belief. This is why once again my heart went out to the victims and families of yet another piece of dog excretion that preyed on the young and vulnerable. Scottish paedophile serial killer, Robert Black.
This non human lump of flesh and bog mire was the nightmare all parents live in fear of. An individual who inflicted the ultimate horror on, for certain four families and possibly 13 more. With no death penalty, his sentence most certainly means he will never walk the streets again. However, it was the sad naivety of one of the parents that I found so hard to bear.
In a statement after the case, one father said he hoped Black’s life in incarceration would now be a ‘living hell’.
Well I’m sad to say this will most certainly not be the case. This man will probably be seen by a succession of physiatrists, probing for the reasons for his actions and no doubt addressing him as ‘Robert!’ He will be interviewed by a whole host of ‘do gooder’ social workers.
Most of whom will be trying to find a multitude of reasons as to why his actions were not his fault! He will have his own cell, no doubt with TV and radio . ‘Living hell?’ No, I’m afraid the best these parents can hope for, is that one of his fellow cons deals out what I think he truly deserves. Personally I would like to have seen him castrated and hung up in a public cage as he slowly rotted. Now THAT’S what I would call justice. Some chance!
Keep the Faith.