Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Love lies bleeding: tragedy hits three times this week in the Portland area-UPDATE: it's now up to six times in the past month
The first news arrived a week or so ago: three bodies were found dead in their house in Southeast Portland, victims of a double homicide/suicide. Let me translate that for you: a man killed his girlfriend and their child. It was troubling. Troubling to think things could be so bad that you’d have to take your own life, but to make it triply as bad, you had to kill the ones you loved, as well.
Just a few days later, a husband tracks down his estranged wife at work and using three guns, opens fire, killing her, injuring others, then retreating to the bathroom and turning one of his weapons on himself.
But last night’s news trickled in: three bodies were found in a Portland suburb home. Once again, victims of a suicide/double homicide. And once again, a man kills his wife, child and himself.
Three horrible situations, eerily similar, all within the same week. Is it stress? Is it economics? Is it inability to deal with emotional stress and break-up? I don’t know the answer and I’m sure each of the situations above are unique, specific, but obviously in the end they are tragically similar. I’m not blaming the guns, though they certainly didn’t help.
But in the end? Men please. Get some help. Talk it out. Use your brains not your weapons, and stop killing women and children. In the ultimate end? Men who kill the women in their lives are the ultimate cowards. And it’s pissing me off.
If you’re pissed too, join me in giving $7 a month to the Portland Women’s Crisis Line. I just signed up, and you can too. It's easy, it's on-line, and I'm determined this holiday season to put more beauty and love and money out into the world for every bad, ugly thing I see or encounter. Join me?
UPDATE: Today's news on December 2nd brings the count of these incidents to 6 in the past month. 6 TIMES IN THE LAST MONTH IN THE PORTLAND AREA. There's something wrong here.