March 12th, 2010
12:41 PM ET

Fury over sex offender's freedom

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Ruben Navarrette Jr.
Special to CNN

In the movie "Law Abiding Citizen," Gerard Butler plays a man who loses his family when his wife and daughter are raped and murdered. After the main culprit receives a light sentence as part of a plea bargain and gets released from prison much sooner than he should have, our hero goes all "Death Wish" on the creep. He kidnaps him, drugs him and surgically dissects him into two-dozen pieces.

Vengeance is wrong and can't be condoned. But when you're caught up in the tension of the film, it looks like something else: justice.

In any case, I wouldn't be surprised if, throughout San Diego County, video stores are having trouble keeping that movie on the shelf. For the last 10 days, 3.2 million people have been working through a collective sense of fury and sorrow and more fury over two gruesome discoveries and one depressing revelation.

The discoveries came when authorities found - within days of each other - the bodies of two teenage girls, 17-year-old Chelsea King of Poway, California, and 14-year-old Amber Dubois of Escondido, California. King had gone for an afternoon run in a local park a few days earlier. Dubois had vanished a year earlier while walking to school.

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  1. Linda,USA

    That is so so sad.I can picture my daughter jogging. I am not sure what to say about a sex offender.It seems there are so many different kinds.I almost think that they make a case for legalized prostitution.I think that might take care of some of it.
    I also think that when you have a case where as a country we know these people are sick,then we have to do a cost analysis on this. Is it cheaper to let the police task forces and parole officers go understaffed. I guess we add up how many lives lost,what was the earing power of each individual murdered.Don't forget to add the number of children they would have had. And subtract that number from the percentage of estimated yearly murderer s and come up with a number. Because the way our economy is being figured out now is #Fail. And the police need support. why isn't the ceo of a police force getting 1.1 million dollars and and bonuses for lives saved?

    March 12, 2010 at 4:27 pm |