So, this gentlemen by the name of Hugo Selenski escaped from a maximum security prison in Wilkes Barre, PA, over the weekend. He is suspected of killing a dozen people or so that have a common trait among them, which puts him in the category of “serial killer”, according to the authorities.
The method of escape was comically low tech. It involved bedsheets tied together, climbing down eight floors on the outside of a building, and a mattress thrown over a barb wire fence. But that’s not my point here.
When I first learned of the escape, and that he had killed around a dozen people in cold blood, I was saying, “Get the bastard!” to the TV screen.
Then it was announced what type of serial killer he is. He is a serial killer that kills illegal drug dealers. He would rob them and then kill them. Hmmmmm. Then I wasn’t so sure anymore. The balls alone on this gentlemen gives me pause.
Two of his victims, who were dug up on his property, was a pharmacist and his wife who were committing prescription fraud and selling illegal drugs out the back door.
Those are all of the facts that I know about the case at this point. I don’t know if he was a drug dealer himself who was trying to knock off the competition. I don’t know if he only targeted white suburban pharmacists. I read every article I can find on this case. As of this moment, 48 hours after he escaped, he has still not been caught.
So here’s my point, finally. Which type of crime, do you feel, would you let a murderer of individuals who committed that crime go free? At what point does vigilantiism justify itself?
Vigilantes that I posed to myself:
A serial killer that kills child molesters.
A serial killer that kills inner city crack and heroine dealers.
A serial killer that kills other serial killers.