It’s a sad fact that this world is evidently so self-absorbed that we often don’t notice the strange behavior of our fellow citizens.
Too busy with our lives we don’t stop to investigate the bizarre actions of those within close proximity to us, from our neighbors to our own family and friends. After all, it’s hard to believe that those close to us are capable of atrocious crimes – despite copious amounts of warning signs.
Take the cases of Jaycee Lee Dugard and Elizabeth Fritzl for example, both young girls were abducted and held hostage for a majority of their lives by crazed perverts (Fritzl was imprisoned in the basement of her own home by her father for 24 years, while 11-year-old Dugard was snatched from the street and kept captive for 18 years in a tent in her kidnappers backyard).
In both cases, the girls were failed by those close to them who were ignorant of the unusual activity that hinted something wasn’t right.
When both of those cases came to light, the world was appalled. How could nobody have noticed anything peculiar? Could they have been saved if a nosy neighbor had alerted the police?
In the case of Elizabeth Fritzl, many thought it incomprehensible that her mother didn’t know her location. But, despite the private promises we made to ourselves after these stories broke to be more vigilant in society, another scandalous story has managed to emerge.
On the morning of Sunday, January 14, police discovered 12 children shackled to their beds inside their family home in Perris, California. They’d been led to the scene by the children’s 17-year-old sibling who managed to escape the confines her bed and dial 911.