This sad and cautionary tale from last month begins with a cop’s grim assessment:
“The fact that there was no remorse shown that we could see, it’s just an extremely unusual incident,” Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis said in a news conference Thursday broadcast by TV Station WIST. “I don’t have a good grasp of what he was thinking, why he did it and so forth. That would be pure speculation at this point.”
Geez, what did he do?
The child stabbed the mother with a long blade knife at 9 p.m. Monday and then told police he went to sleep.
Yeah, we always turn in after a job well done, ourselves, too.
He was awakened the next morning by a contractor who was hired to do some work on the house in Simpsonville, Loftis said.
“When the contractor came it startled him because apparently he did not realize a contractor was coming,” the sheriff said. “So he went under the crawl space to hide because he did not know who was knocking at the door.”
But the worker found the boy and told him to leave so he could get started on his work. But then he noticed blood dripping from above, went inside the house and discovered the dead body of 44-year-old Isabel Cristina Zuluaga.
Stabby Boy was 13. The cops found him and he immediately confessed. Physical evidence in the blood-soaked house confirms him as the doer. He was an A student with a clean disciplinary record (well, before the murder); nobody seems to have a clue why he did it.
Bat guano crazy is as good an explanation as anything.
The victim suffered multiple injuries and died from stab wounds to the torso, reports TV Station FOX Carolina.
The kid was about the same size and weight as his much older mother, and although she seems to have been fit, he was much stronger. One oft-denied aspect of sexual dimorphism in Homo sapiens sapiens. (Which is, it seems, about two “sapiens” too many for this crumb).
Ms Zuluaga was found with defensive wounds on her arms — not at all unusual, more like routine, in knife homicides. These wounds tell the tale of a desperate and doomed fight for life. The words “fight for life” are used, these days, much more frequently in a figurative than a literal sense. But for Isabel Zuluaga, it was a literal fight for life.
It’s not good when you lose a fight for life.
A US Department of Defense spokeswoman said that this is all mistaken, and she kicked his ass, because the SecDef said so. “You go, girl.”