It is easy to rejoice in the death of a monster. It is easy to see Ariel Castro’s suicide as the final word on the life of an evil man.
But is that enough?
I don’t think so.
I think I must grieve.
Grieve for his countless victims.
Grieve for the irreparable harm of his years of sin.
Grieve for broken justice, in this case blind for too long.
Grieve because he was once a baby whose life, like all small humans, was once so full of potential…
Grieve because all he did to hurt, disfigure, and destroy was his choice.
And he could have chosen light instead.