Trial, Tribulation, Law And Order, And A Heinous Crime
March 7, 2022
When there’s a breakdown of law and order among people who are already burdened by life’s many difficulties, then society has betrayed the people and lost sight of its mission.
How much you can take? You think of yourself as a well-adjusted, balanced, and sensible person, capable of dealing with most of the trials and tribulations that life can place in your path. But is there a tipping point, where you just throw up your arms and shout, enough already?
No one can deny that we have been through a period of great tension and upheaval: global pandemic, increasing crime, a migrant invasion, economic distress, inflation, mandates, an incompetent and bungling president and administration, and now, to add to all the uncertainty and perhaps fear, a war in Europe. What can we expect in the coming days, how much more can people take?
Have you reached that pinnacle of frustration and anger, and were you able to surmount it, or have you succumbed to all the distress, both physical and psychological, and found the need to seek professional help, as many of the American people have. Hopefully, you will find peace of mind and the prospect of a brighter future.
Yes, in fact, we do have every reason to feel out of sorts. But it depends on where you’ve laid down roots and live in this still great country, whether small town, village, or a big city like New York, where there is an added burden. I speak of the fear, chaos, and violence that are components of a major crime wave that seems uncontrollable and may last indefinitely, under the governance of progressive politicians.
Having to confront the challenges of taking up residence in a major urban area when millions of people populate an area that at one time housed only hundreds of thousands, people might tend to get on one another’s nerves. And when a good number of these people have a less than upstanding and friendly attitude and lifestyle, then disagreements can and often do occur.
All this leads me to the crux of the matter, and it is no urban legend. Having lived in this city for some years now, I have seen and done many things, some good, some not so good. At a younger age, I engaged in rambunctious and sometimes less than sterling behavior, ran wild in the streets, and was involved in situations that most would shy away from.
Crime in the big city that never sleeps is rampant, and a daily plague we face. There has not been in memory a 24-hour period when an innocent man, woman, and worse a child, has not fallen victim to some heartless thug. Many were just in the way of a bullet in a dispute among gang members. These innocent were in the wrong place at the wrong time - collateral damage.
One of the recently thought up and malicious methods of ending an innocent life is to sneak up on a straphanger (subway passenger) and push them off the platform in the path of an oncoming train. Since the year began, there have been about a dozen of these heinous crimes. Most of the perpetrators have been caught and deemed homeless or mentally disturbed, and believe it or not some saw no jail time.
Of all the things I have seen and done, there was a crime on a day recently in this city that most, including myself, will not forget anytime soon. It was brutal, sadistic, and malicious, and right out of a Hollywood script, but this time it was real. And if you’re susceptible to distress and disturbing images when something like this happens, whether on a big screen or reported in a daily tabloid, brace yourself. Just this note, much of what occurred was captured on video camera.
On Sunday, February 13, Christina Yuna Lee a 35-year-old aspiring digital producer of Asian heritage was on her way home from her job in the city. It was early in the morning as she exited a taxi cab in front of the building she lives in. Ms. Lee approached the locked front door, opened it, and stepped inside, but she did not notice the figure that came out of the shadows and took hold of the door so that it would not close and lock, and followed her into the building. This predator was on a hunt for prey.
Ms. Lee began her ascent up the stairwell to her apartment, while the stranger followed but remained a floor below. I believe by this time she must have realized someone was following behind. As she stepped out of the stairwell onto her floor and made her way to her apartment, she opened the door and as she stepped in, the assailant came from behind, grabbed hold of her, and pushed Ms. Lee into her apartment and she fell to the floor. One can only imagine the horror this young innocent woman went through.
At this point, the brazen assailant beat Ms. Lee savagely as she screamed, but this lady would not allow her killer to escape without a fight, plugging a knife she was carrying into him several times; he returned her act by stabbing Ms. Lee 40 times. When police responded they could not break down the steel door, until emergency services arrived, but by then it was too late.
Ms. Lee lay still in a pool of blood, as the flame of her innocent life slowly flickered and died. The killer, whose name is not worth mentioning, was found hiding under her bed. He was said to be homeless with a lengthy record of arrests, and did not know Ms. Lee. This merciless killer was one of the many who have escaped justice and incarceration due to lenient pro-criminal progressive “no bail” laws.
This senseless, heinous murder is just another reflection of a society morally and ethically corrupt, and a manifestation of the brutality, maliciousness, and sadistic behavior people are capable of.
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