There are many opinions on what should happen to child molesters in this country. Sure, there are laws on the books, but for some people, the laws aren’t good enough.
Take, for instance, a story that is coming out of Mariana, Florida.
The Panama City News Herald reports that 21-year-old Frederick Patterson III has been moved to solitary confinement for allegedly murdering a cellmate convicted of molesting a child.
The News Herald says that officers found 82-year old Arthur Williams dead in his cell on Jan. 15.
Officers quoted Patterson as saying, “I killed him, I killed him and now there’s one less child molester on the streets.”
Williams and Patterson were both cellmates for about a two-week period, and when officers questioned Patterson about his time with Williams, he revealed some pretty troubling details.
“When asked about this, Patterson replied because Williams likes kids. Patterson said Williams told him stories about touching kids during their time as cellmates,” the officers wrote in a statement.
That was enough to make Patterson’s blood boil. It was then that he decided to kill him.
Patterson went into great detail with the police on how he actually conducted Williams’ execution.
Williams, however, wasn’t the first person Patterson had killed in prison. On Wednesday, Patterson was convicted “of second-degree murder for beating to death a previous cellmate, 45-year-old Scott Collinsworth, in October 2015.”
Apparently it was for the same crime, because when officers found Williams’ body in January, they found two documents in his back pocket linking the two cases.
“The first contained a picture of Collinsworth with ‘Chomo #1’ — jail slang for ‘child molester’ — scribbled in blue ink at the top. The second set of documents contained a picture of Williams, similarly headlined ‘Chomo #2’ in blue ink, officers reported,” the News Herald reported.
Apparently, Patterson hates child molesters, and for good reason.
Child molestation is a sick crime that must be dealt with, but there are still laws on the books. We are a nation of laws, and if we disagree with those laws, then we have to work on changing them — not take matters into our own hands.
That’s something Patterson will have to ponder while sitting in solitary confinement.
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