Recently, a friend of mine sent me a list of statements from murderers now incarcerated in the Marquette State Prison in Marquette, MI and the "I Max" in Ionia, MI. These were recorded in the course of his work as a mental health professional/licensed therapist in the Michigan Prison System.
"I was like God having the power of life and death...they would do my bidding for me not to pass judgment on them to die..."
Death is for real...watching death come, is watching a vapor vanishing into the air…"
"I realized this life taken was not mine to take; the stain of another's soul is always on mine."
"Once you crossed over to committing murder, you have forever stained your memory of another's life; cheating God's plan."
"The result of murder changes everything - you are poisoned emotionally, psychologically, socially, and spiritually."
In some ways murder has become common and even ordinary–or so it seems. We read mystery books about murder. We hear about murder on our news shows. We watch murders on TV shows like Castle, NCIS, CSI, Law and Order, Psych, The Mentalist, Revolution, The Walking Dead, Bones, Hawaii 5-0. The truth is that even though the idea of murder has become part of our entertainment culture, most of us really don’t understand what it does to people.
"And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar." (Matthew 23:35).