Beyond heinous

Toddler's murder paints stark picture of societal breakdown

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There are far too many heinous crimes out there. But for some, the needle moves the short distance from “heinous” to “abhorrent.”

This is the category of crime into which you’d put the execution-style slaying of an innocent 13-month-old baby in a stroller.

Thank heaven the jury in the Brunswick baby murder case didn’t buy the defense canard that the mother was so flawed that the shooter wasn’t culpable, or that they had the wrong guy. De’Marquise Elkins was found wearing a necklace described by the mother and with a bullet in his pocket matching the kind that killed little Antonio Santiago in cold blood.

In addition, an Elkins associate hid a gun at his request, and his mother tossed it in a pond. Elkins also had taunted officers about a lack of evidence in an arrest interview.

Jurors took less than two hours to declare Elkins guilty on all counts. His mother, Karimah Elkins, was found guilty of tampering with evidence.

Truly, anyone who would shoot a baby in a stroller between the eyes would do anything, and must be put away for all time. Elkins, 18, is headed that way. If not for the fact that he was 17 at the time of the murder, he’d be headed for the death penalty.

But the case makes you wonder what kind of society, what kind of upbringing, leads to the production of such unfeeling, sociopathic creatures. Such a case, such an inhuman specimen, ought to be studied inside and out, in order to understand more fully what gives rise to such barbarism and to lay out a map for avoiding such tragedy in the future.

There are any number of frightful episodes and trends you could point to as indicators of societal breakdown. For that, shooting babies in strollers is hard to surpass.

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Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/04/13 - 06:50 am
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There are people who post
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There are people who post here who would insist that Elkins must have been standing his ground, and that the mother or the baby must have provoked him first........no evidence required.

myfather15
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myfather15 09/04/13 - 07:03 am
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"Such a case, such an inhuman

"Such a case, such an inhuman specimen, ought to be studied inside and out, in order to understand more fully what gives rise to such barbarism and to lay out a map for avoiding such tragedy in the future."

To find out, what exactly? What we already know?

That his mother didn't teach him ANY morals?
That his mother is a despicable human being that assisted him?
That this young man has a stone-dead heart?
That this man didn't have a male figure to teach him how to be an honorable man?

Assuming usually isn't a good thing to do; but in this case, I believe it's safe to assume ALL these are pretty accurate!!

Does it take rocket science to understand that PARENTS are the most important influence on a child's life? That MOST kid's are a direct reflection of their parents? Why waste money "studying" this animal, when deep down, anyone with common sense intelligence KNOWS the answers.

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soapy_725 09/04/13 - 07:25 am
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2 Tim 3:3 inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, fierce,
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haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/04/13 - 07:27 am
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Man - God = Animal. Animals have no moral compass.
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Man - God = Animal. Animals have no moral compass.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 09/04/13 - 07:28 am
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the govermedia is such a poor surrogate

but they raised this evil child that killed another
they fed him they clothed him they housed him they educated him
they taught him morals
they are still feeding clothing housing and teaching his neighbors and his classmates
a whole generation, more, laid waste by the govermedia

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/04/13 - 07:31 am
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The "village" does such a
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The "village" does such a good job raising children, don't they, ymnbde.

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corgimom 09/04/13 - 07:56 am
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Sociopaths are born, not

Sociopaths are born, not made, and there is no cure for him.

But I think they'll take care of him at the State Hotel, his staycation isn't going to be good.

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chascushman 09/04/13 - 08:37 am
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" The "village" does such a
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" The "village" does such a good job raising children, don't they, ymnbde."
the REAL SAD PART is there many more out there created by the Great Society, liberals/progressives, democrats and black leaders.

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historylover 09/04/13 - 08:55 am
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The Village

For all of you folks who feel posting and re-posting the above comments about - "the Great Society, liberals/progressives, democrats and black leaders", makes good common sense, remember one thing. WE ARE THE VILLAGE. ALL OF US. Not just the ones that you don't agree with their philosophies. Chew on that one for awhile.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/04/13 - 08:57 am
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Problem is, it's the
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Problem is, it's the liberal/progressives who think the "village" should raise the children. That has turned out disastrous. The PARENTS should raise the children. Nom, nom, nom.

historylover
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historylover 09/04/13 - 09:03 am
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Humble Angela

I get what you are saying, however if you think about it, we were all raised by a community or village of some type. Our immediate family was supported by our extended relatives, our religious leaders, our educators, etc. I truly think we need to look at how we live in the village ourselves and what effect we personally have in the welfare of those around us. Just saying...

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allhans 09/04/13 - 10:38 am
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So what happened? Where did

So what happened? Where did the extended family go, the religious leaders, the educators...The message they are teaching today is nothing like what my parents alone taught me, which was to respect our fellow man.

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Fiat_Lux 09/05/13 - 03:00 pm
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Oh, I don't know about that

re: "...shooting babies in strollers is hard to surpass.

Crushing their skulls and then ripping them out of their mothers' wombs limb by limb probably surpasses that on the depravity scale.

I suspect that when we are no longer willing to tolerate the total devaluation of human life--be it before birth, disabled or old--then we will see the current explosion of psychopathic and sociopathic behavior begin to recede once more.

Some psychopaths may be born that way, but they (the homicidal types) are so rare as to be negligible. They show up pretty quickly when the society around them is normal and decent, unlike more and more areas of our own society, including that found in perhaps the majority of public schools.

I'm willing to bet this sorry excuse for a person was formed and shaped by his family, his environment and most of all, by his own narcissistic choices as opposed to being "born that way".

myfather15
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myfather15 09/04/13 - 11:19 am
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The community or village is complete non-Sense!!

Who had the MOST dramatic influence on our lives? Mine certainly was not my stuck-up aunt's and uncles or self-righteous pastors!! Grandparents? Sure, and to some people their grandparents had great influence, but those are usually the ones with less involved parents.

How can anyone not believe it is those who RAISE YOU from a child that has the MOST influence on you? That doesn't mean biological parents; because some might have lost one or both parents early in life; but those who directly raise you and spend the most time around you, will influence you most in life.

Also, on the topic of Sociopath; most studies done about whether they are born that way or not; are based upon THEORY, not fact!!

But one thing that is present in every case of sociopaths is physical and mental abuse as a child!! Many times; substance abuse, including alcohol; were present in their parents, growing up. When interviewed, sociopaths always seem to refer back to their childhood treatment and raising.

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jimmymac 09/04/13 - 11:20 am
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All you need to understand how this sicko got that way is to look at his family. Mother, aunt and God knows who else all willing to lie to cover up this heinous crime. None of them with any morals and probably all supported by taxpayers. Stop supporting worthless people and make them support themselves or die.

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internationallyunknown 09/04/13 - 01:32 pm
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Pot & Kettles; History is forgotten.

Which village burned down Rosewood, Fla.?
Which village forced Native Americans away from their homes?
Which village raised the Auora shooter? Sandy Hook shooter? Columbine shooters?
Which village persecuted the Ltiile Rock nine?

My how we forget about history.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 09/04/13 - 04:07 pm
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There are

some really dumb comments today.

dahreese
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dahreese 09/04/13 - 04:50 pm
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This is not an
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This is not an "editorial."

This is nothing but a personal rant.

Race baiting at best.

And while I'm posting, yesterday there was an editorial that used the term "pointy headed liberals."

But when I used that same term in a reply (and in "quotes", too) it was pulled.

The AC editorial staff needs to get its act together.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 09/04/13 - 06:03 pm
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race baiting? let's go there

just look up the black on white rape statistics versus the white on black rape statistics... look up the crime rates for the 3% of young black males... you won't win on this...
grace period is over and the reality is the reality
fix it

dahreese
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dahreese 09/04/13 - 06:06 pm
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"you won't win on this..." I
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"you won't win on this..."

I don't post on here to "win."

Perhaps you, and a number of other posters, too, need a broader understanding of "race baiting."

Crime statistics isn't the topic.

chascushman
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chascushman 09/04/13 - 07:53 pm
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" Crime statistics isn't the
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" Crime statistics isn't the topic."
dahreese, and we know why.

dahreese
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dahreese 09/04/13 - 09:13 pm
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" Crime statistics isn't the
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" Crime statistics isn't the topic."dahreese, and we know why."

Yes, we do.

It takes a little acumen to separate the two.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 09/05/13 - 07:57 am
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How did race come into the discussion?

There is no mention of this sicko's race in this editorial, not one. Anyone who hadn't seen pictures of him wouldn't have a clue what race he even is. What they would know is just how demented and sick he is.

You're really reaching, dahreese, and even doing a bit of race baiting yourself.

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Darby 09/05/13 - 05:46 pm
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You aren't going to like what I have to say.....

"Such a case, such an inhuman specimen,
ought to be studied inside and out, in order to understand more fully what gives rise to such barbarism and to lay out a map for avoiding such tragedy in the future."

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I believe the potential for that kind of barbarism is in all of us at some level. Society and civilization suppresses it to the point that we would never, in our wildest dreams contemplate such actions. Civilization is, or should be, what separates us from the animals.

That suppressed potential is why it's so easy to train soldiers to kill in battle. It's always there.

On the other hand, when a society deliberately cultivates a dependent, entitlement mentality in order to create a reliable political base, then all bets are off.

Still, he's to blame and must pay for his crime. He knows right from wrong, he just doesn't care. He will never care. His mantra will always be, "You ain't got nothing on me."

No one had to tell Elkins that his life was as good as it was ever going to get. He knew it. It was and is ingrained into his psyche.

On the other hand, there are tens of thousands more just like him out there. Animals in human form. Ticking time bombs, waiting to explode in our faces.

In the faces of little children.

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