Two stories, one local and one international, compete for the most lurid and horrible examples of human behavior. Both involve the most egregious breaches of trust imaginable.
Regarding the biblical flood level of revelations about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, I used to think there was no more terrible crime than a priest sexually assaulting a child. Priests are given a unique form of trust: they claim to represent God on earth. When they violate that trust by abusing a child, the crime is magnified, the damage life shattering.
But I may have been wrong, because the rape, murder, and dismemberment of 14-year-old Grace Packer by her mother’s boyfriend, Jacob Sullivan, and allegedly by her adoptive mother, is beyond comprehension. Sara Packer worked in the foster care/adoption system and, like a priest in the Catholic Church, was likely afforded a higher level of trust than others. Adoption requires a profound commitment, and violating that commitment is even more terrible than when a parent abuses their own biological child.
Sara Packer and Sullivan purportedly attempted suicide when the crime against Grace Packer was found out; he has since pleaded guilty and she reportedly intends to do the same. Shouldn’t the criminal justice system oblige them in their effort to depart the human race?