In view of today’s guilty plea by Franklin County school nurse Cathy W. Bennett to helping her teacher friend hire a “hit man,” it’s apropos that I link to this column from June. It strongly advises against such tactics.
Here are the salient grafs:
Good grief, what’s wrong with these people? What kind of low-rent fantasy lands do they live in, where it’s as easy to commission a murder as it is to hire somebody to walk their dog or unplug their toilet?
Somewhere along the line, the defendants above lost their morality, their dictionaries and their basic common sense. Somewhere else along the line, police agencies figured out that they could exploit those mostly harmless numbskulls.
. . . I can’t help but wonder if the taxpayers’ money wouldn’t have been better spent by giving these nincompoops a prolonged and humiliating public spanking, plus a court-ordered class called Reality 101.
The first lesson would be that every time your average schoolteacher tries to hire your average hit man, the latter is a cop.