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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

entry arrow1:16 AM | Rot

I don't know exactly why, but Time Magazine has a feature listing the Top 25 Crimes of the Century, from the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby to the theft of The Scream. What must have grabbed my attention was the Lindbergh lead story, given that last Sunday night, I watched Sidney Lumet's adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, a novel which was a derivative of the Lindbergh case. Back to the Time list. Most -- especially the Richard Speck murder spree that included two Filipina student nurses in Chicago in 1966 -- left me nauseous and bewildered over these grand displays of evil. These are the rot of humanity. And yet, I couldn't look away. I read, and read and read ... and felt more nauseous and lightheaded. A small headache started throbbing at the back of my head. Still I read. It could be the morbid fascination of watching a train wreck. I read on, and I sensed something slowly die in me, to be replaced by a shifting dread. I remember this dread. Many months ago, I watched Eli Roth's Hostel and was horrified by its pornography of carnage. I swore I will never watch any movie like that again. Never.

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