Crime

The Night of Sorrowful Stars

One late night in the mid-1980s, a young college student was peacefully reading in her small house she shared with a roommate, who was working a late night hospital shift, when she heard a noise that sounded like shouting coming from the street. Curious, she got up from her chair, went to the door, and quietly walked into the driveway. Outside, she found evil in the form of a man named, Faryion Wardrip.

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Sensing a presence, he turned toward her. All of a sudden he charged at her as she ran inside and slammed the door, desperately trying to bolt it, to keep the crazed screaming man outside.

What is true fear?

I am sure Terry Sims could have told us that night that as she furtively tried to keep Faryion Wardrip from coming into her house. She did not succeed, and he made it inside where in a violent fit of misguided rage and utter darkness, he created mayhem and murder that would ensure his name place in the Book of Killers.

It took police detectives many years to piece the puzzle parts together, and four more girls would die gruesome deaths at the hands of this serial killer who was apparently mad at the world, especially women. Later in the 1990s, when clever detectives were finally able to figure it out, and take a second look at him, Wardrip told them that the night he killed Terry Sims, he was just out, “screaming at the stars.” He apparently felt the need to “lash out.” It is sad again, here in a most average city, that danger, maliciousness and rage can spill over to those who never deserved it.

Yes earlier times are idealized through those rose glasses, sometimes it is good and sometimes it is not. The truth is that danger is ever present; some people suffer from a darkness that many of us cannot fathom.

The end of the year is a good time to be thankful, to appreciate what you have, to celebrate and be happy with the ones still here, and to fondly remember and reflect upon those loved ones that have passed on. Hopefully the families of Wardrip’s victims can remember the better times with their loved ones and not have to focus on the darkness that encompassed them and took them away from the stars that shine on this world.

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2 thoughts on “The Night of Sorrowful Stars

  1. An interesting piece of prose. Interesting enough that I decided to hit the follow button, and thus, I shall be returning to see what other wonderful pieces of literature you have in store for this not-so-young-man from the Canadian West Coast. Read you later.

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