TW: graphic details of violent crime, rape, homicide.
On June 18th, Nowheresville was shaken from its rural small town moors by this kid. 19 years old, Z.B. Wright. Mr. Wright allegedly terrorized the Southside of town by breaking into several residences and culminating in the murder of a 70yr old man and injury to his wife of 50 years. Not only did he attempt to murder her as well via stabbing, he also attempted to rape her and set her on fire.
Right now there is no evidence to indicate drugs or alcohol were a factor in any of these crimes. Mr. Wright left work and decided to engage in criminal activity. That’s it. He is innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law, but what causes such a profound disrespect for human life?
You can see it written all over his face. He isn’t remorseful, or afraid. He is defiant and cold, his chin tilted upward in an act of defiance toward the booking officers. You see it all the time on the news or in high profile cases across the country. It hits harder when you’ve lived in the same neighborhood, probably crossed paths at least once or twice.
The lost, dead look in his eyes, empty vessels with no humanity behind them. It’s chilling. Absolutely chilling to the bone. I’ve seen those eyes before. It stays with you. Makes you sick to your stomach and your skin crawl.
It also makes me want to hug my kids a little tighter, hold them a little closer, and maintain my vigilance that much more. I don’t ever want them to experience the face of evil first hand. As long as I can help it.