Have you ever wondered what a real life vigilante looks like?
We have all seen movies like Batman where the main character makes a decision to take the law into their own hands for society’s common good. We may have even felt encouraged by this vigilante who chooses to do the right thing, saving the lives of even the bad guys. Have you ever wondered what a real life vigilante would look like?
First, let’s look at what the definition of a vigilante is. According to the Oxford Dictionary, a vigilante is:
A member of a self-appointed group of citizens who undertake law enforcement in their community without legal authority, typically because the legal agencies are thought to be inadequate.
Real Life Vigilante, Jeremy Moody
Jeremy Moody, 30, of South Carolina was arrested earlier this week and has confessed to taking the law into his own hands for the murder of a registered sex offender, Charles Parker, in Jonesville. According to the Huffington Post, Union County Sheriff David Taylor is reported to have stated,
“Jeremy Moody confessed to the crime and told investigators they arrested him just in time.He planned to kill another sex offender on the register today.”
The victim, Charles Parker, was a 59-year-old mechanic. He was living with his wife, Gretchen Parker, who also lost her life. The reports say that Gretchen was not a target, but happened to be in the home during the attack.
The police reported that Mr. Parker had also reported to the registry in a timely manner and never gave the police any problems. While the details of Mr. Parkers criminal sexual conduct are unknown, what is known is that is happened almost a decade ago and it was a 3rd degree offense.
If you are unsure what a 3rd degree offense, I invite you to read the articles to find out.
Although movies with characters like Batman are entertaining, what are your thoughts about real life vigilantes and those who take the law into their own hands? Do you believe that everyone must answer to the law, and that no one is above the law?