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Taylor Behl

Beautiful Taylor Behl-

My daughter was in her first year at a university last year as well when Taylor went missing. Sam had considered VCU because they have an excellent art program.

It was shocking, and close to home.

They found her body a month later. Her parents buried ďbone and soft tissueĒ.

Today her murderer took a plea. Thirty years. No parole. His plea allows that the evidence is enough to convict him, but owns no culpability.

Heíll be about 57 when he gets out, if he doesnít get out sooner, like say -47? Still a lot of life left while Taylor has none. (She was 17- they buried her on her 18th birthday.)
Weíll pay his $40K bill while I feed a family of 4, with one in college, on $27 thousand, cause heís worth my not having medical insurance.

I liked what her mom said. She wished him a lot of love in his new home. She hoped he would have the kind of love he had shown her daughter from all his new friends. I believe she said she hoped they ďloved him to deathĒ, but that may have been my random thought.

He looked so contrite.

He left her in a ditch in the middle of nowhere 70 miles from where she was supposed to be- away at college for the first time- first week of September-
and then she was gone.

So Ben Fawley, I wish for you whatever lies ahead as your road, for you have chosen it.
You took Taylorís away.
Whatever you have coming to you, you deserve. Taylor didnít.

I donít believe in capital punishment. I do believe in medical experimentation and human transplant.

Elizabeth Maksymiuk

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by emaks

Crime & punishment is a vexing human dilema. Where one person doesn't get enough time, there are others who get too much, which in some cases is a crime in itself.

Also, I think the cost of housing inmates is greatly inflated. The inmates ain't gettin' none of that 40K.

( Posted by: gomarsoap [Member] On: August 11, 2006 )

Crime and Punishment
I remember this case. How horrible that this person too this innocent girl's life. For what? For what? The grief that something like this must bring to a family is unimaginable. I don't believe in the death penalty even in cases of murder. I think it is better to let the scum spend the rest of their lives in jail. It is wrong that anyone who commits murder should ever get out of prison. I don't think that death row inmates should be allowed television or reading materials. They should get food and shelter, nothing more. No contact with others, no pleasure of any kind. The only thing they should be allowed to keep is their own thoughts. Let their mind be their only freedom and outlet. Let them live with their thoughts and memories of what life was like before they decided to take the life of another. Is that too harsh? I don't think so.

( Posted by: Legs [Member] On: August 11, 2006 )

Bob, Tina, Legs- Taylor Behl

Thanks very much for commenting. It IS vexing, and I am not without compassion.

The system does need to be re-evaluated. Lawyers get paid very well for knowing how to work the system. The letter of the law rules. It sends innocent people away, and allows some to get away with murder.
As for funding? George Bush would be in a country club... it all depends on the "clientele", doesn't it?

I'm just a simple country girl, who doesn't like to see people either tarred and feathered, or hung. But to watch rapists and murderers be freed also makes me not just mad, but scared for their victims.
I know it sounds harsh, but I really do think that to contribute to medical experimentation and human transplant would cause some to think twice, and would bring value to lives that find no value in life-
I guess you could say I don't believe in an "eye for an eye", but an eye for a blatant murderous assault? ( or a kidney, or a lung... Or R&D?)

I saw an article that had a picture of a mouse with a human ear growing on itís back.
Scott Petersonís back could harvest a garden of ears! Is that too harsh for a man who murdered his wife and nearly born son because he didnít want to have to pay child support?

-just my random thoughts. Thanks each of you for time and thoughtful comments.

Life isnít very fair but we all muddle through. As for Ben Fawley, I feel sorry for the guy. I donít think he intended to kill her, and he was scared so he behaved with stupidity. Still, he put that family through extreme pain and for what? What a waste all around.

May we all be safe-

( Posted by: emaks [Member] On: August 12, 2006 )

Comments- Taylor Behl
Pen, your attention and support are noted and appreciated. Seems there are ultimate prices all the way around.

Lucie, your angel heart shines as always.
I agree, I have nothing to offer all the hurt souls but forgiveness and compassion. (When my life sucks, I can always look around and see someone who's life sucks MORE)

I do feel resentful that they have dental and medical. I haven't seen a doctor since Emily was born, 15 years ago. I can't afford it. Thankfully, I'm healthy.

How do you have compassion? I think we are all capable of compassion. If only our world had justice. But it matters not at all anyway, because "karma", the swing of the pendulum, is what the universe demands. But it is hard to "feel" that when your perspective is that of the ant crawling on the cable line-

No easy answers as to what to do with stupidity, anger, evil...

This case seems stupidity. Fear. Waste from every side I see.

It is those such as the guy who killed mom and boyfriend and older brother in front of the 8 year old girl and her 9 year old brother, and then abducted them. Raped and abused the boy until he was dead. The girl survived. I wrote a blog(?) about this called "Prayers for Shasta".

The guy was a registered long term sex offender, wanted in a few states, in custody a month before and released...

I remember my mom telling me not to talk to strangers, but I think she didn't fear the extent of what I fear for my daughters and my friends.
Sadly, do we teach them compassion, empathy, openness and giving? Or fear, weariness (and wariness), selfishness and greed?

I will continue to tread and teach the high road.

Blessings all-

( Posted by: emaks [Member] On: August 12, 2006 )

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