Posts Tagged ‘death’

Facing the Killers

Posted: 19 March 2017 in Prisons
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Chris Donovan

Chris Donovan was murdered on a suburban street one evening by people he did not know.  Not an attack by a hysterical lover.  Not a robbery gone wrong.  Not hit be crossfire in gang warfare.  Not a spiteful but unintentionally forceful punch.  This death is in the premier league of pointless killings.

Keep him alive
The parents keep him alive in the eyes of others who needed to meet the memory of him.  They told the tragic story to prisoners in HMP Millbank*.  I was there, helping lead a victim awareness course there (Sycamore Tree).

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The Crime Makes The Man?

Posted: 12 March 2017 in Prisons
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Chris Donovan

The late Chris Donovan

Like an Ian McEwan novel, one single event changes lives, utterly, forever.  But this is not fiction.  Two young men, brothers Chris and Phil go out to see their sister after a hard day at work.  They don’t come home that night.  One never comes back.

Chris and Phil were walking along a main road on their way, when they came face to face with a group of around fourteen youngsters, male and female. With no prior warning, no conversation, the boys started to punch, pushing the brothers to the ground.  Kicking, stamping on their heads. Phil was unconscious with a broken nose.  Chris unconscious was left deliberately in the main road. Cars swerved to avoid, but not all could.  Chris was hit by car and his mangled body dragged 40 feet down the road.  Chris died in hospital. Phil’s injuries still impact his life, even after all this time.  Chris’s body was so badly damaged that the mortician had to strap the body like an Egyptian mummy. (more…)

Wbooitches in the neighbourhood.  Squeals of groups of children trick-or-treating up my street last night.  With parents at a discrete distance watchful behind.  Ha ha, harmless fun?  Well of course.

But my pumpkin went into soup, not onto the window sill. But overall – we are missing a trick here.  There is a need for a proper something.  What we currently have is pale entertainment.  Ditch the Americanised saccharine of Halloween.  Fast-forward over the faux fright-fests.  Skip on the Satanic stuff that creeps in.  Let’s get statistical. The ultimate statistic – one in one dies.  You dear reader will die, as will I.  The lights will go out.

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