Day 13: Write a letter to a mass murderer.
Today’s Challenge: Send a letter to a mass murderer.
Bizarrely I found a website with multiple addresses for writing murderers of all shapes and sizes. I perused it for a but, hoping someone would jump out at me. Well, not literally…
I am not a stranger to sending letters and newspaper clippings, books, magazine subscriptions, bible verses and computer printouts of the Koran to inmates. But this challenge was tougher for me because I wasn’t sure I really wanted to interact with any of these “murderers.” But one man’s name caught my eye. For a bit I thought it was cheating, skirting the real goal of today’s challenge… but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that to some, he is a mass murderer. But not to me.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian
4870 Lockhart St.
W. Bloomfield, MI 48323-2533
Dear Dr. Kevorkian,
Just a quick note to tell you that I truly admire the work you have done to help people of all ages maintain their dignity. I’ve never understood how assisted suicide is any different from a patient’s right to sign a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate.)
I read this quote about your time spent incarcerated “Listen, when you take my liberty away, you’ve taken away more-something more precious than life. I mean, what good is a life without liberty? Huh? None.” I think it’s interesting in that it applies to the interminable period some of us may spend while waiting to die just as well as it applies to your time spent within our “legal system.”
I was actually not writing to ask you anything about your legal troubles or anything relating to euthanasia at all… I actually had another question entirely. You’ve received a lot of press in the past decades. And almost 50% of the time you are wearing a blue sweater. Did you do this on purpose? Because you bear a pretty startling likeness to Mr Rogers whenever you wear a blue sweater. And I can’t help but think that has helped your cause along the way. I mean after all… no one would accuse Mr Rogers of being a ruthless killer.
All my best,