Wednesday, August 13, 2008

A Cause for Tears

This story just broke my heart. The AP report begins,

When police finally searched the squat white mobile home where they say a man held his family captive for three years, the place was so filthy and bug-infested that one officer had to wear a gas mask and another refused to continue.

Thousands of roaches and other bugs crawled in and out of drawers, cupboards and furniture. Spoiled food littered the place, and a long-ignored plumbing problem left the floors rotten and mattresses moldy.

Investigators allege it was in this three-bedroom trailer in northeastern Georgia where Raymond Daniel Thurmond forced his wife and four children to live, allowing them to leave only once in three years. Even then, it was only fleeting: A two-hour Easter visit to his wife's parents' place in North Carolina.

While all this is bad enough, but what brought tears to my eyes were these two sentences from the end of the report:

He said investigators found no food in the home, and the children were undernourished and underweight.

A 14-year-old once attended first grade but that the other children — 13, 12 and 9 — had never been to school, Carlisle said.

Assuming that this monster was not keen on homeschooling, I cannot imagine a 14-year-old with only a first grade education, and none for the others. Heart-wrenching.

Lord have mercy on all of them!


  1. Orianna Laun said...

    Unbelievably sad.
    The quote from the park manager saying "He was very respectable, very kind and very serious" makes me want to say that if he wasn't any of these to his family, he was not respectable, kind, and serious at all. I guess we all need to pay a little more attention to our neighbors.

  2. Anastasia Theodoridis said...

    How horrifying.