I am guessing most of you know about this... If not I will give a short summary.
He was accused of murdering his wife. Then he tried to get custody of his kids and was denied. He was allowed to visit with them at his house, but would not let the person bringing them into his house. He took a hatchet to his two young boys necks, and then set the house on fire, killing him and his two boys.
This has been a huge topic of conversation everywhere. People are all saying that he will, or should burn in hell. I think there are very few people who have the same view as me.
I won't lie, I have been a jerk to anyone who has asked me about it or brought it up. I give them my opinion very bluntly and walk away. Here it is.
I think that people need to give him a break. Maybe he did kill his wife, maybe he didn't.
What if he was framed? (forget the part about him killing the kids and himself for one minute) Imagine this happening to you. You and your spouse have 2 kids that you love, and you get framed. They are blaming you for their murder. But! That's not all! You lose your kids too. And, there is more. People all around look at you and see you as a murder. So you are alone, with no one but yourself, and everyone that knows about the case hating you. Here is what he said while trying to get custody.
"A lesser person would fall under the intense scrutiny I am facing, but apparently my inherent resilience as a person makes it increasingly difficult for them to pursue their agendas," Powell wrote. "I am standing tall for my sons, but it deeply hurts to face such ridicule and abuse.
"I know my own heart is free of any guilt regardless of what people claim," he added.
Now we will move onto what he did next. Imagine that horrible feeling described before.
Had this happened to you, I would imagine you would have some serious depression. Not the occaisional "I don't feel loved" or "I feel depressed" because the "I don't feel loved" would be for real, not just you saying stuff and feeling sorry for yourself. People do hate him. So it's almost a guarantee he had depression. After looking online at what depression does to you after time, I found that it can lead to mental illness. So step back into his shoes. Now "you" have the world hating you, you can't have your kids, and you are mentally Ill. Huh. I wonder if you think rationally. What do you think? I think no.
So next you are given the chance to meet them. Remeber that you are not thinking rational. I kind of don't think you would want to live with the world hating you. But what did you say before? You are trying to be strong for your kids. So if you kill yourself, what do they think? They would lose both their parents. So maybe if you take their lives too, it will be better for them. They wouldn't have to deal with the stress of having their parents both gone. And the whole hatchet to the neck thing, they would have run away had you not. Plus, you are NOT thinking strait.
So that is my thinking of the whole thing. You don't know him. You don't know if he killed his wife or not.
Another point that was brought to my attention by another friend, is about war. People are dying everyday for us. People are starving. People are out there risking their lives. Why don't we talk about that? Why focus on 4 people being dead over the millions that have died from things mentioned above? Why? I don't get it.
One last thing. If I was a lawyer, I would totally take Josh Powells case and defend him. Be the friend he needed. Maybe it's not the judges fault the kids are dead, maybe it's all the people who hated him and discriminated him. What if all he needed was one friend to stop all of this?
Next time before you judge, think outside the box. What could be the other story?