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#43 May 15, 2007
It's unfortunate about what happened to these two individuals, however, the buried soldier had a clean service record and was never convicted for a crime which disqualified him to be buried at Fort Logan. The charge that he plead guilty to for child cruelty was dropped.
As despicable as this man was, you can't just dig him up and throw him in a ditch. That's not going to solve anything except make these two feel vindicated. Is it really worth it? I say let the scum bag rot where he is.
#44 May 15, 2007
Leave the dead old soldier alone.
#45 May 15, 2007
I think, that they should be able to have the body removed/exhumed. If they so desire, at their cost. Because it will give them some peace, even though, the father is dead. After coming out a a horrible childhood, myself, you need to do those things, to bring closure, even if it won't really get even with a dead man, it will help the surviving siblings.
#46 May 15, 2007
First of all, I commend Darrell and Anita for having the courage to do share their horrific story with the public via 9news. That's a huge step towards their long journey of forgiveness and healing.
Second, I endured psychological abuse as a child which battered my self-esteem into the basesment.(although it was NEVER anything remotely comparable to the Blackwell's). My father, who passed away one month ago, was largely responsible for it. In 2004, we sat down, talked, and during the course of this conversation, true forgiveness had occured. I feel so fortunate that this took place while he was still alive. It took a lot of strength and courage on my part to forgive him for battering my self-esteem by making me feel as though nothing I did was good enough and I could do nothing
right. However, he NEVER beat me and the thought of molesting his own daughter NEVER occured to him.So this leaves verbal/psychological abuse (which is damaging) but it can't compare to the horrific abuse Blackwell heaped upon his innocent children. So if forgiving my father took much courage and prayer, and will, I can't imaginge what it will take for the Blackwell children to forguive their father.
The best I can hope for is that they get to a point where they at least want to forgive-for their own peace of mind if nothing else. Because to have that peace of mind and to heal after all those years of abuse, the forgiveness process has to occur. I wish them the very best on their long road to recovery. Always remember that there are people out there who support you and to remember what that monster did, was NOT your fault!(I agree with the person who wanted to 'douce the bastard in gasoline') However, I also believe that if there's a just God, there will be a special place in Hell, for the elder Blackwell, and people like him. That is a power far greater than I care to imagine and choose to leave it up to God. Had those horrific things happened to me, I think the gasoline or something similar in concept, would have made an appearance long ago. Mrs. Blackwell is no better...defending that (-fill in the blank)after what he did to their children.Hopefully, she'll have a spot next to him in that special place in hell!
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