TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A woman and her three young children were found killed at a violent crime scene in a north Florida home on Saturday, and homicide detectives were out looking for whoever might have had a reason to harm them, police said.
Police spokesman David McCranie wouldn't elaborate on the signs of violence police found at the home, but investigators believe the four were slain by someone else. The case is being investigated as a homicide......
...."This is a very shocking and unusual case for us," he said.
Is this really "shocking" anymore?
No, it isn't.
It's a common occurrence. So common that this "shocking story" will be forgotten about within 72 hours. And if it is vaguely recollected it will be confused with dozens of other similar stories of home invasions that happen every day.
It's amazing how hard people work to convince themselves that things haven't gone to hell in a handbag all around them.
On the one hand it keeps police and officials busy trying to redefine or hide crimes to help keep up the facade.
On the other hand it is a boon to pharmaceutical companies who continue to reap higher and higher profits by keeping people doped up (via antidepressants) and numb to reality.
It's also unlikely that the advent of "reality television" coincidentally coincided with societies increasingly obsessive fixation on denying or obfuscating the horrors of actual reality.
Individuals and families are forced to re-order their thinking and language to fit the meme.
From this are born new phrases emphasizing the new impotence/enforced apathy.
"takes all kinds"
"It's a free country"
"As long as they don't bother me"
"They were in the wrong place at the wrong time"
"Things are different than they use to be"
"What are you gonna do"
Such things are spoken only by a people morally, emotionally, intellectually and physically defeated.
Nothing currently represents this better than the airport screening controversy.
There are some grumblings now, but Americans will come to except it. And a few months from now they'll react to it they way they have reacted to every violation upon them over the past 50 years. They'll force a grin through their grimace and cry out, "thank you sir, may I have another!"