Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Clockwork (Florida) Orange

Third suspect arrested in attacks on homeless: South Florida Sun-Sentinel. I hadn't been following South Florida beatings of 3 homeless men in Fort Lauderdale closely, so I completely missed the fact that the two miscreants had been arrested.

Thomas Daugherty, 17, and Brian Hooks, 18, face charges of murder and aggravated battery (one of the 3 victims died). Tommy Daugherty seemed upset that killing someone had landed him in trouble. The judge refused to release him to house arrest, and put him in Juvenile detention for 21 days while the prosecutor decides if he is to be charged as an adult.

Friends describe Tommy as "nice," a "good kid," a "sweet kid." I would hate to think what a mean kid (as so defined by these people) would do.

His lawyer described Tommy Daugherty as "a very nice, average, middle-class teenager." If true, that would be a horrible commentary on our society. But the fact is that the average middle-class teenager is not charged with beating a man to death for the fun of it.

Photobucket - Clockwork OrangeMichael Mayo wants to understand. In an open letter he titles "Dear Savages" (calling them Neanderthals would be an insult to the cavemen) he asks questions and then reminds me of an old movie.
The video was grotesquely reminiscent of the opening scene of Stanley Kubrick's 1971 film, A Clockwork Orange, in which Malcolm McDowell's gang of soulless marauding youths engage "in a bit of the old ultra-violence" at the expense of an aging hobo, just for the sport of it.

Only this was worse. This was real.
And that description fits the youths that beat two homeless men and killed one homeless man in South Florida - Soulless, marauding youths, whether it was Tommy and Brian or someone different.

So were Thomas Daugherty's teary eyes the result of remorse, or was he just upset that he got caught and is afraid of the consequences? They didn't show remorse when the beatings were taking place.
"It looked like they were laughing, like this was something humorous," Scott Russell [who just retired from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department] said. "To get such joy at someone else's expense is a sad commentary in and of itself."
Mayo talks about achieving some level of understanding, some answer to the question, "Why?". I don't think I will ever understand monsters who resort to violence for no reason. Even less in a case like this where the reason appears to be "fun" and the violence appears to be random.

Like it says in the side-bar disclaimer, everyone is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. [via Florida Cracker]

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