A Simple Life, a Childlike Faith

A Simple Life, a Childlike Faith

Murder, She Wrote

posted by Linda G. Howard

On Tuesday, I listened as I drove from one appointment to another as the radio announcer read the verdict of Casey Anthony, the mother accused of killing her two-year-old daughter.  Unless you are living under a refrigerator box, you know that the jury found her not guilty.

I don’t know what her part in the murder of this child was.  I do know that all the experts are saying that the verdict of “Not Guilty” does not mean that this young woman is innocent.  In reality, the defense lawyer did a masterful job by throwing out the possibility that Casey’s father, George, was the person who was responsible for all the problems.  While the defense never presented any evidence that Mr. Anthony was involved in any way, their mere accusations caused the jury to questions him.  The alternate jury member said, “There was simply something wrong with Mr.  Anthony.”

Often when accusations are leveled against a person, the fact that no evidence is lost and the accusation remains.  This matter was never settled or even entered into evidence during the trial.  Therefore, guilty or not, Mr.  Anthony will live forever with a stained character.

Years ago,  The Special Gathering, a ministry within the mentally challenged community, moved one of our programs into a church. While we had met in church buildings before, we had not met at the same time that the congregation was present.   Things went better than we had ever imagined.  Yet, there were one or two people who were leery of our members because “they ARE different.”

One elderly woman who was tittering on the verge of senility was convinced that our members were thieves.  Several times she was certain that our members had stolen her purse.  Actually, she had mislaid it; and the missing purse was quickly retrieved.

About 30 years ago, from personal experience, I learned the devastating harm that loose and unfounded accusations can do to a person.  The Lord graciously and quickly redeemed my reputation.  However, I was taught how difficult it is to live under the veil of false perceptions.

Each of us makes daily decisions regarding how we will approach others and their reputations.  Have you been in a situation in which you have been falsely accused?  How did you handle it?  Have you ever found that you participated in hurting the reputation of someone else?  Were you able to help erase the false perception you may have helped to establish?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Abambagibus

    For the ethically lazy, whose numbers are too overwhelming, it is easier to damn a person for an apparent indiscretion than to bother to understandingly discover the reality behind the appearance. For the same, it is easier also to damn a person for an actual discretion in the past, whose penalty been paid most sincerely, than to understandingly discover the person at present. The presence of a spiritual savior notwithstanding, we are forever as we were and never as we are, despite the transformations of becoming.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Brendan Pieters

    Yes I’ve was falsely accused, and the person involved (the false accuser) took it to the police, etc. It had a terribly negative effect on my life, more so because I was recovering from brain tumor surgery at the same time as she was broadcasting these terrible accusations. After nine years, I still think about it — about being falsely accused, about losing a valued church position, about having to deal with it at work, etc.

    • http://specialgathering.wordpress.com Linda G. Howard

      Yes, being falsely accused of things was difficult but I wasn’t wrestling with health issues. It is good that time heals our bodies and our spiritual wounds.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Fred Sayin

    In the month of January 1998 or 1999, a black male- double my size and weight at the pharmacy counter started accusing me of stalking him at the K-Mart in Winter Park, FL.

    This is what occurred: Even though I called the prescription in two hours earlier, it wasn’t ready. Since it was a good walk for me I stayed in the store waiting for the pharmacist to call me. I was looking for birthday presents for my father and two older brothers as all the men including myself had birthdays in March. After 20 minutes had passed with no announcement I went to the pharmacy counter to see what the delay was. That is when the black man started falsely accusing me of stalking him. Three rebuttals of denial didn’t work so I ran as fast as possible to store clerk telling her I wanted her to call the police. She denied my request allowing the man to catch up with me and she told us to take our argument outside. Then I thought quickly to myself- If this store isn’t going to help me another store in the plaza will. As I ran out the front doors of K-Mart I saw some pay phones so I quickly dialed 911 and started talking to a dispatcher. When the black man figured out what I was doing, he left me alone and I could tell them “no more danger exists”. I talked to a friend in Winter Park and he told me that the store clerk should have called the police as I requested:
    Her reply- “Our security guards plus we only call the police if a person is shoplifting or one of our employees is in danger”. My friend in Winter Park (FL) told me: “A store is responsible for the safety of its customers”. After moving to Ormond Beach FL after telling the story to a male neighbor his response: “Maybe the black male was trying to start a fight with me so a buddy of his could get away with shoplifting”. Businesses need to stop being phobic about police cars in front of their store: “Oh no” Police car in front of K-Mart must mean the store isn’t safe, must have been a brawl there”.

    • http://specialgathering.wordpress.com Linda G. Howard

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Fred. I can only imagine how that must’ve made you feel.

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