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If you put aside international terrorists, the soulless murderers of two loving adoptive parents in Florida may be among the most heinous killers of all time.

That's because of what they did to whom: They killed, in cold blood and with calculating premeditation, a couple who were engaged in one of the highest and noblest acts a human being can perform: raising children not their own -- many of them with special needs.

There's only one way Thursday's horrific crime west of Pensacola could have been worse, and that's if the perpetrators had also harmed the nine of Byrd and Melanie Billings' 17 children who were home at the time.

Perhaps the jackals merely hadn't planned the time necessary to knock off the entire brood. Maybe they simply hadn't the bullets.

They no doubt had the demonic proclivity, evident enough in their summary executions of two of the best parents most of us have ever heard of.

Byrd and Melanie Billings performed a community's share and more of heavy lifting, where raising children with disabilities is concerned. Thirteen of their 17 children were adopted, many of whom were special-needs kids.

It's as if the killers had searched the countryside in a perverted quest to murder the people doing the most for their fellow man.

Seven were arrested in the ensuing days, and surveillance video -- which the Billings used to help keep an eye on their flock -- showed the chilling sight of an organized armed assault from the front and rear of the rural home.

The killers took a safe from the Billings' home. But even if they had gotten the Hope diamond in this heinous heist, they took something infinitely more valuable: a loving, selfless couple devoted to providing for children who needed more than most parents can provide. The Billings had extra octane in their tank, and they used it for the betterment of mankind.

"Any man's death diminishes me," as the poet said.

Some more than others, it turns out.

We are doubly diminished today with the passing of Byrd and Melanie Billings.

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overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 07/16/09 - 06:05 am
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This is a tragedy. But they

This is a tragedy. But they don't have to endure the democrats wanting to severly tax the people in their bracket. They may have had to give up a few of those special needs children because they wouldn't be able to afford them anymore. And that would have surely killed them.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/16/09 - 08:35 am
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Our country has many evil

Our country has many evil people. That so many lived in such a small town is a bad sign. The cultural attitude of "no responsibility for anyone" continues to fester in our society. I wonder why so many can't see the damage it does.

justus4
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justus4 07/16/09 - 08:55 am
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The facts and their
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The facts and their evaluation are not completed. On its face somethign is wrong with the reporting with the drip by drip information. DEA is involved> Why? Foster parents with that many kids give me pause because my training with humans signals "alert." They've be reported as great and loving parents, but let the fact be discovered before passing judgement. U may be surprised.

concernednative
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concernednative 07/16/09 - 08:59 am
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You are an idiot overburdened

You are an idiot overburdened txpayer everything is not an opportunity to through out your republican talking points.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/16/09 - 09:27 am
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throw

throw

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/16/09 - 10:49 am
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OVERBURDENED, while I usually
Unpublished

OVERBURDENED, while I usually agree with you, we can't turn this into a political rant. These murders are indicative of a justice system that violent criminals laugh at.

mad_max
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mad_max 07/16/09 - 11:54 am
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southernguy08.....so true.

southernguy08.....so true. They laugh at our justice system because it is a joke. The cops can't protect us in our homes or on the streets. They work hard to catch the bad guys AFTER we are victims. And the judges slap their wrist at most, but mostly give them probation and a fine for which they get a kickback on both. It is no longer a justice system, it is a MONEY system. You know that it is crooked when you get CONTRACTORS to run probation offices and prisons. When there are contractors involved there is graft involved. Always has been, always will be. It's all about the money. And if you talk to these "probation" types they will tell you that they can get by with violating the terms of their probation but they only get locked up if they miss a PAYMENT.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 07/16/09 - 04:08 pm
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Unless you put a cop on every

Unless you put a cop on every corner all they are going to be able to do is react AFTER you are a victim. Very rarely does the police community get intelligence to stop the crime before it happens. When they do get it that is great. Oh and BTW on my 6:05am comment it was made to try RCR and Willis's tactics just once.

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