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A Raging Inferno of Delight, Perplexity, Love and Torment!
Rachel Booth, 13 kills her father 
30th-Jul-2007 06:31 pm
In Pa., a 13 yr old girl, abused and living in squalor, shot her father in the face. The girl had been quoted as telling a neighbor she killed her father because she "couldn't take it anymore." She was charged as an adult. I have so much trouble understanding the logic of that. And although murder seems extreme, if she was willing to kill her caregiver as the only way to find relief from abuse, I have great sympathy for her.

I'm just thinking, perhaps she is glad to wake up safe in jail. No rape, no beatings, no whatever it was that drove her to shoot him.
31st-Jul-2007 03:13 am (UTC)
When I was that age or 14 or so, I tried to plot the perfect murder of my mom for much the same reason. I can relate to the desperation and sense of hopelessness. Social Services didn't act even when informed repeatedly by the mother, apparently. They failed that girl. I hope it all comes out at trial and she gets help rather than jail.
31st-Jul-2007 06:20 am (UTC)
I suppose if he was sleeping it isn't "self-defense" per se but then again, what's she supposed to do? If she complains, what further abuse would she face? Perhaps she had complained repeatedly and yet it continued. It would then be a real form of self-defense, I would think, to wish to not be abused the coming morning when dad woke up, or what have you. I also suppose she could have run away ... but there's a plight, for sure.
31st-Jul-2007 07:02 am (UTC)
Another thing - isn't it amazing how we know her name - Rachel Booth? She's a 13 yr. old victim of years of sexual and physical abuse and she is now going to be known by the nation. Everything known. Poor girl. I wonder what the heck they are thinking charging her as an adult. In doing so, does it make it easier for them to advertise her name like that?
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