He was accused of setting a fire which snuffed out the life of the 10-year-old child he allegedly raped as well as her grandparents who were in the 60s. The latter age category is considered "young" now.
LawNewz picked up the AP coverage that Seman jumped from the courthouse balcony in Youngstown, OH, to his death. If convicted, he could have received the death penalty.
Meanwhile, in prison he would forever be a target. The ethos of the slammer is to torment, then murder child molesters. The guards can't stop that. In addition, here in the old-fashioned values Midwest, he is a pariah. There is no compassion for his kind of criminal.
Seman seems to have made a common sense decision. Some religious and spiritual leaders might disagree. Their ideology is holding open the door for the sinners to embrace the reality of the harm they caused, repent and not repeat the sin again.
But that assumes human beings such as Seman have the emotional strength to recognize the evil they set in play. Such would trigger profound cognitive dissonance. After that, he is supposed to be living a life of very different values.
But, come on, it is likely that Seman couldn't see beyond his own compelling sexual impulses. That's part of his bad wiring.
In recovery programs and in my own family I have experienced ongoing suicides. In none of the situations did I think: What a shame, if only that person had held on ...
The reality was always that they weren't put together internally to accept themselves or their past. No way could they have restructured their lives for very different behaviors in the present and future.
In my own family, I have existed on planet earth longer than any member. That's a puzzle to me. After all, I battled clinical depression and troubled thought patterns since age 11.
It's arrogant to re-think someone's suicide. Usually we are clueless about what is called "The Committee" in their head has been telling them. That Committee apparently kept bullying my mother with more and more criticisms and mandates. I can understand why she had to silence those harsh voices. I never considered an alternative.
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