Perpetrator: Joel Michael Guy Jr.
Thanksgiving is the one time of the year where we take account and are appreciative for whatever blessings, no matter how meager, we have accrued through the year. Well, someone should have told that to Joel Michael Guy, who raged about what he did not have.
You see, Joel, was in a pinch. He was a 28 year old resident of Baton Rouge, Lousiana. He had just recently taken a “sabatical” from his studies at Lousiana State University where he had been pursuing a degree for (ahem) NINE YEARS! Somehow, word got around to Joel that his parents, Lisa and Joel Michael Guy Sr. (the people that raised him presumably) were cutting him off financially. Now I don’t know the ins-and-outs of the financial consideration, but when left to our imaginations, I think we can put 2 and 2 together.
Victims: Lisa and Joel Michael Guy Sr.
So when this past Thanksgiving occured Joel met with his parents at their home along with his sisters. Everything seemed right and reasonable at the time the sisters left. What occured after they left was anything but. Sometime between late-Friday and mid-Saturday, Joel attacked his parents, and killed them. But not only did he kill them, he expressed a certain savagery that is inhuman. He stabbed them to death. He then decapitated them. Lastly, he then attempted to dissolve their bodies in an acid bath.
Who knows what the tipping point was for Joel? Was he cold and calculating? Or was he incensed in the moment? Regardless, I hope the measure of his brutality is met with compensatory jusitce. My prayers to the family.
Knoxville News Sentinel
This story is gruesome, sad, and everything in between. It involves justice in the most brutal sense of the word, albeit for an incredibly brutal crime. Ameneh Bahrami was apparently courted quite incessantly and when she rebuked the marriage proposals from her suitor, Majid Movahedi, the man felt so emasculated and was so wicked that he decided he would take her beauty away by splashing acid in her face. In the above picture you can see the before and after pictures of Ameneh. I don’t even think the word devastating would suffice here.
We always talk about the punishment fitting the crime and in this case, her unnamed assailant, was sentenced to having five drops of sulfuric acid dropped in each eye. He would obviously be bonded to a bad, immobilized, while she would take an eye dropper and place acid into his eyes, watching as the acid burned the organ away.
I am left with a moral quandary. Even though the act itself was so heinous, is not the punishment tantamount to that same sadism? Should sadism. even when seemingly appropriate, be a synonym for justice?
I don’t know. The punishment has been postponed but only because Amnesty International caught wind of the case. Had the complainant not been so vocal, this probably would have taken place. So what do you think? Is it a perfect punishment or are we stretching thin our humanity when resorting to such things?
Amnesty International Article
Ameneh Bahrami's Clothes After Acid Attack