RS McCain reminds us that forgiveness is nice, but…………
The headline says it all. It is a sweet act to forgive, but there is a huge difference between forgiveness and self-destructive behavior
Big-hearted, gregarious and always up for an adventure, Martha McKay surrounded herself with friends.
“There was something about her that people really loved,” her sister Katie Hutton tells PEOPLE. “She left an impression on people. She had that gift.”
McKay’s family and friends were devastated when she was killed on March 25, 2020, at Snowden House, the historic antebellum-style home on Horseshoe Lake, Arkansas, she bought from her family in 2004, restored and reopened as a luxury bed-and-breakfast.
McKay, 63, was found stabbed and bludgeoned to death at the top of the stairs, near a bag filled with her belongings, as well as a utility knife.
Authorities were shocked when they pulled the body of her killer out of the lake (he’d jumped in and drowned during a police chase): it was Travis Lewis, who’d been convicted at 17 for the horrific 1996 murders of her mother, Sally Snowden McKay, 75, and her cousin, Joseph “Lee” Baker, 52, a prominent Memphis blues guitarist. . . .
Knowing how forgiving McKay was, family and friends were still shocked when she befriended him after he went to prison (Lewis was sentenced to 28 ½ years after pleading guilty). . . .
A longtime Buddhist, McKay wrote Lewis letters in prison and supported his early, paroled release.
Go read the rest, it is hard to grasp anyone embracing a monster. Praying for them, sure, but inviting them to work for you, where you live? NOPE! I am reminded here of a young girl, Amy Smart, who was kidnapped from her home at just 14.
Elizabeth Ann Smart was kidnapped at age fourteen on June 5, 2002, by Brian David Mitchell from her home in the Federal Heights neighborhood of Salt Lake City, Utah. She was held captive by Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee, on the outskirts of Salt Lake City, and later, in San Diego County, California. Her captivity lasted approximately nine months before she was discovered in Sandy, Utah, approximately 18 miles (29 km) from her home.
Smart was abducted from her home at knifepoint by Mitchell, while her younger sister, Mary Katherine, pretended to be asleep. Mitchell, who claimed to be a religious preacher, held Smart at a camp in the woods with Barzee, where he repeatedly raped her. During her captivity, Smart accompanied her captors in public on various occasions and went largely unrecognized by those she came in contact with.
Part of the blame for this girl’s hellish experience was due to her parents stupidity.
Earlier in the day, Lois Smart, Elizabeth’s mother, took the stand to recall how the family first met Mitchell. It was the fall of 2001, and Lois had gone school shopping with her six children at the downtown mall. “He was a clean-cut, well-kept man that was down on his luck and needed to get some help,” Lois said. She asked him if he was looking for work before handing him $5 and her husband Ed’s name and phone number. According to Lois, at the time of their meeting, he was not singing or preaching and never mentioned religion. Mitchell went to work at the Smarts’ home, fixing a leaky roof and raking leaves for the family. It was during this time that Mitchell introduced himself to Lois as Immanuel. “[He] never mentioned that he was a prophet. He didn’t seem like he was mentally ill,” Lois said.
Was it “kind” to try and help this man? Sure. But, this evil bastard would have never had any access to Amy Smart if not for her parent’s “kindness”. Of course, they did not know what he was capable of because they did not know him at all. They should have thought of opening up their home and children to someone they did not know.