“The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath.”
– Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice
- Myl Dobson, 4 y.o. was hideously tortured by New York caretaker, Kryzie King, during the final months of his life . The youngster had been left with King by his incarcerated father, Okee Wade, whose custody of the boy was actually subject to court ordered supervision. Caseworkers visited the home 9 times without recognizing that the father was absent.
- In Pennsylvania, a 7 y.o. boy was nearly starved and beaten to death by his mother, Mary Rader, and grandparents, Dennis and Deana Beighley . Weighing only 25 pounds, the child was desperate enough to eat insects on the porch where he was sometimes kept. Dr. Jennifer Wolford of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Child Advocacy Center characterized the boy as “the worst case of medical neglect that I have ever seen…” Two of the boy’s sisters appeared healthy. A 9 y.o. brother was underweight, but not to the same extent.
- Raymond Frolander’s life was saved by the 11 y.o. boy he molested . The Florida boy’s father walked in on the sexual battery in progress. He beat the predator severely, then went to the kitchen for a butcher knife. According to the father, he would have killed Frolander, if his young son had not at that point intervened.
It is not unusual for victims to exhibit more concern – more mercy, if you will – for their abusers, than those abusers do for them.
What though are we to make of predators such as these? Our first instinct is to draw back in horror, to conclude that these were not human beings at all. These were wolves. Devourers. Continue reading