I remember when the Unabomber was caught. There was an uproar of indignation concerning the fact that it was his brother who “ratted” him out. When his brother saw the published ramblings of the serial murderer known as the “Unabomber,” he recognized the sentiments, mentality, and writing style of his brother, and informed the police. If memory serves me right, The Los Angeles Times had either an editorial or an op-ed piece castigating the brother for essentially “turning on blood.”
That was a morally repugnant point of view. Protecting the innocent against evil is the responsibility of every human being, regardless of the “job description” of the evildoer – in this case, a sibling.
Fortunately, in England, a wife of twenty years understood her responsibility to others (in this case, children), and set aside emotional pain and potential embarrassment. She set out to trap her husband, whom she suspected of being a pedophile. Apparently, her husband chatted with teenagers as he groomed them for sex.
The wife pretended to be a 14 year old girl, and caught him in the act. She was in the neighboring living room while he was in his study sweating over a hot computer, setting “her” up for a meeting to have sex. He also used a webcam to carry out sex acts and send the videos over the Internet. Our plucky wife watched this in absolute disgust and horror.
She then contacted police who seized his computer. She didn’t march into his study to confront him, cry, or threaten. Like a good citizen, she just turned it all over to the authorities. GOOD FOR HER!
He only received three years of community service and was banned indefinitely from having access in person or online to children under the age of 18. He also had to register as a sex offender, and, oh yes, she divorced him.
“I did the right thing, and I don’t regret it. Now I just need some time to think and put this all behind me,” she said to a reporter.
She should have gotten a medal.