My husband was telling that if anyone hurt his dog, they could expect to die a horrid death. I was pretty sure he meant this and it got me thinking. What kind of person can inflict a “horrid death” on another person?
My husband has this capacity. I do not. While I’m sure that I could kill someone in self defense, and I might be able to kill someone in some kind of blind rage, I don’t think I could intentionally inflict a “horrid death” on another person. I just don’t think there are any circumstances that could drive me to this. Let me define “horrid death”.
Having your head cut off with a butcher knife is a horrid death. Being drawn and quartered is a horrid death. You get the idea.
Since my husband is capable of this, and I’m a curious cat, I quizzed him about it. First, I asked him if he felt he was born with the capacity, or if it was something that he developed at some point in life. “Was this ability trained into you?” I asked.
He said he does not think he was born with the capacity. It’s something that developed. He said it was not due to training, but because of his life experience.
I asked him a whole bunch of questions. But in the end he made a statement which really did illuminate this for me.
“If some BTK-like killer gets, Vid (my son) and keeps him for days, tortures him. He puts him through all this torment and kills him…and then we’re just going to put him to sleep? Uh-uh. I’m going to get that bastard and have him screaming for weeks on end…”
He feels this is effective as a deterrent, but he also feels it’s justice.
I think that’s hard to argue, but told him that even if what he said was correct, it was something outside my realm.
He said I was lucky this was the case. He’s in a position to know.
Is it possible to deserve a horrid death? Could you be involved in meting out justice of this type?