Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sinister

Last week I was thoroughly engrossed in the Stephanie Rengel murder trial. The trial, which was occurring here in Toronto exposed details on a sick and twisted tragedy which really did not need to happen. But then what murder of a 14 year old is necessary?

The shortened version of the story is this for those of you who haven't heard it: M.T a teenager (15 at the time I believe) had a 17 year old boyfriend D.B. (For your info they cant be fully named here in Canada as they were both minors at the time of the crime) M.T was very jealous of a girl who D.B had, been in a prior relationship with, that being Stephanie. She thought that Stephanie wanted to have D.B back and that she was spreading tales about M.T having sex with other boys.

M.T over a period of months cajoled, begged, threatened, blackmailed and bullied her boyfriend D.B into killing Stephanie. Its all documented in tonnes of text messages and I.M messages that they had over this period. D.B resisted for a while but M.T threatened to withhold sex and then to sleep with other boys if D.B did not give into her demands and kill Stephanie.

Apparently he came close in October of 2007 and didn't have the heart but finally with more threats from M.T he finally did the deed, luring Stephanie from her home one winter evening, the evening of New Years day 2008 to be exact, where he finally stabbed her numerous times and left her to bleed to death in the snow. With her last breaths she was able to finger the murderer to a passerby who found her dying in the cold. D.B meanwhile called after his deed was complete and told his girlfriend M.T that it was done. She called Stephanie's phone to check, just to make sure and then D.B went back to M.T's place for a nice sex romp, his reward for fulfilling his mission.

Pretty chilling stuff for a couple of teenagers. You can google it if you want more details.

The trial this week was for the girl M.T, D.B's trial is later in the year, and after three days of deliberation, which was about three days too long in my opinion, the jury came back with a guilty verdict. We await sentencing.

Now I know that child and teen crime isn't the once shocking occurrence that it used to be. 10 year olds have murdered, kids have plotted and succeeded in killing parents etc but this one, maybe because of the wealth of supporting evidence showing how the plot was developed and the amount of begging, convincing and threatening done by M.T to get it carried out seems especially chilling.

Its also rather instructive to see how the family of the murder accused saw her still as a school smart young lady, with little street smarts who would never do something like this. They had no clue as to the vulgar and disturbing messages that their little "angel" was sending online and via text message or as to the plot she had conceived using boyfriend D.B as the de facto murder weapon.

What can you say about it all? Kids these days are being exposed to a lot of stuff from early, I'm not sure we can shield and protect them anymore. Their childhood definitely will not be the same as ours. Still I guess one can only try to give them a good foundation, stay involved in what they are doing, keep on their ass, give them proper context into which to understand the knowledge that they are being bombarded with daily and pray. A whole heap a pray.

Well and if that doesn't work there is always Liks.

Still its mind boggling to me that a girl as young as M.T would conceive of this sick crime and use her body as collateral to get it done. Did she understand that murder was wrong? Did she think well maybe there is another way to solve this issue with Stephanie, did she think about consequences? Did her parents ever think to check her moral compass somewhere along the way? Lots of unanswered questions.

For all the smarts it took to plan this murder etc, she was extremely naive to think that she would get away with it. A case of too much know how but not enough knowledge?

And what about the victim. Yea what about her and her family. Destroyed over something so like this. So senseless.

No idea. Mi nuh know how de yout get so.

10 comments:

Will said...

i think you said it best jdid - chilling...

i'd be interested in finding out if there was any remorse in either of the two teenagers...

Urban Sista said...

The two of them need to be under the jail. If you are man or woman enough to plot and kill someone, you are man or woman enough to deal with the consequences. I have no feeling for these little worthless wretches.

Crankyputz said...

Agree with Will,

Even if one is crazy enough to come up with such a scheme, what's chilling is that there is another without the good sense to resist....

Mighty Afroditee said...

Nowadays we are so desensitised to death, that its seems like the killing of another is the ideal method of getting rid of our problems. At least, that seems to be the lesson that these chillen are learning at an early age.

Sinister, indeed.

Cool Destiny said...

Oh, again the power of sex rares its ugly head. That is just so sad but they deserve to rot in hell. Do you have the death penalty in Canada?

Guyana-Gyal said...

I think it's all the rot that children today are taking in via horror movies, violent video games, etc. The mind's like a computer, what you programme it with, that's what you'll get out of it. One day, somebody's going to finally do a proper study on this, to see how it affects young people.

lindadominique said...

From what I know this is a crazy ordeal. What's going on in people's minds? I don't get it.

dalia said...

i used to disagree when people blamed "media" for the stuff that gets into young people's heads, but the more i watch late night tv (the new 90210 - hello?) the more i understand why their perceptions of reality are so differently skewed from the life we saw/had when we were their age.

growing up WAY too fast, too much sex, too much violence, too much celebrity-fuelled ideals. because celebs do such stupid things and get away with it, these kids are seeing garbage on TV and in the media and thinking "well, that's what will happen to me, too." and believe they can get away with it.

i don't have any sympathy for either child in this case (love urban sis's description of them as "little worthless wretches" - i have something much stronger in mind). it's also a sad commentary on just where our "civilization" is headed.

Ruthibelle said...

A whole heapa pray is right Jdid, a whole heapa pray...

Abeni said...

Wow. What a waste of lives