… you just snapped?
I’ve been watching a show on Oxygen called Snapped. My love and I have an affinity for true crime shows which present cases in compelling, interesting ways. Our all-time favorite is City Confidential, on A&E. But we’ve lost touch with it, if it’s even still on.
We also used to enjoy American Justice, another A&E program.
Now, though, I’ve been smitten with Snapped. The show is much more serious-minded than City Confidential, but it still presents its cases in interesting, storytelling fashion. While the narrator uses a newscaster sort of cadence, she also has just the right touch of creepiness to her voice to make the narrative compelling.
Yesterday morning, several episodes aired. The show is aired in two formats: a sixty-minute version and a half-hour version. In the morning they aired four or six half-hour episodes, and I sat through most of them with my coffee and breakfast. In a couple of the cases, the women (the killers are almost always women on the show) tried to blame their children for their crimes. In one case the son was guilty of the crime but was paid by his mother to do it. In another, the mother said during the trial she was only doing what any good mother would do, helping her daughter clean up the crime scene and get rid of the body. The body was the husband/father.
I know people are sick, and in general this wouldn’t surprise me, except it’s demonstrative of how different some people’s views of parenting are from mine.
So, what if the unthinkable happened?
You come home from work or shopping. You open the door to your house and your nostrils are assaulted by the metallic smell of congealing blood. You call out, but no one answers. You pad across the foyer, into the living room. There, a horrific sight greets you.
Your spouse, face down on the carpet, in a pool of coagulating, brown-red blood seeping into the carpet. Your child is in a fetal position in the corner, crying hysterically, rocking.
With red, puffy eyes rimmed in horror and shock, she says “I killed dad/mom.”
What do you do?
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