We’ll have a media frenzy this weekend about Raoul Moat being a ‘monster’. It’s comforting to reduce complex situations to a pantomime, but it’s more decent to have compassion than hate.
The murders are truly dreadful and will blight lives for decades. Yet it needn’t detract from solemnly respecting those tragedies to at least consider that this is an sad story in every direction.
This snippet from the BBC report gives a glimpse into the background. He ended up a scary, murderous man, yet you can hear the long-damaged little boy inside:
A guest-house owner, who did not want to be named, told the BBC: “He actually said, the one thing that sticks in my mind, ‘I haven’t got a dad’… and he also said that, ‘nobody cares about me.'”