I didn't quite know what to title this entry.
This morning, I was watching the Today Show, and they featured a story that just made me livid beyond words and I just felt the need to share it.
It's about a mother of two who was kidnapped, raped, and murdered.
She manged to get a cell phone line open to dispatchers, and another witness reported seeing an apparently kidnapped woman bound and struggling in a car. Seven minutes later, another woman saw the same thing and saw the car turning off on another interstate. She called dispatchers and let them know. But the mother still died, because the 911 dispatchers forgot to pass along the information from the last call.
Some of the content of the story is located under the cut ( HERE. )
This story makes me sad and angry. She had two little boys, both so young they won't be able to remember her.
This is the opposite case of the Kitty Genovese murder. If you don't know about this, I have some basic information ( HERE. )
The stories are so at odds with each other. In one, a woman is attacked and multiple people step up and do the right thing. In another, a woman's please for help are ignored as she is brutally murdered. And yet in both cases, the women ended up dead.
I'm sure that the dispatchers are wracked with guilt right now, and I am often a fairly forgiving person. But at this moment, I can't help but think they deserve to be haunted by this for the rest of their days.
Their jobs were to help people in need, and they didn't do it.
Though I guess I shouldn't be surprised considering our inability to aide those in dire need. We invade other countries without reason, yet allow genocide to occur in Darfur, Rwanda, and countless other nations.
I shouldn't be surprised, and yet I can't help wanting to cry.