A $50 million reward was offered for the capture of Rondel ‘Fine Man’ Rawlins,
who was accused of several crimes, but for the crime of murder his reward notice was capped with ‘Alive or Dead’.
Many others have paid with their lives, or with lifelong incarceration, for slaughtering other human beings.
But with the definition of taking lives with intent, how does one who has a highly-contagious disease that is a certain killer, such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, who knowingly and deliberately infects others who are unaware of their ailment, rate in this equation?
While one could empathize and sympathize with someone who is ill, especially with a life-threatening disease, one cannot condone – certainly one can scarcely forgive someone who deliberately infects another with a deadly disease.
Contracting HIV is in effect a death sentence, with lifestyle changes and proper medication with optimum care – later rather than sooner, but definitely one that heralds a contracted lifespan, with death imminent through unavoidable medical complications. One can only agonize over the unnecessary loss of lives.
However, there are umpteen cases – registered and unregistered, known and unknown, where innocent persons have been infected by persons whom they have trusted implicitly. Marital partners, for instance, have in many instances engaged in extramarital relationships without considering the consequences of their lust then, knowing full well the danger they can bring to their marital bed, they engage in normal conjugal relationships with their spouses.
Sometimes, in macabre irony, the one who infected his/her partner is saved for years from getting full-blown AIDS, long after the partner dies; and many times the guilty party accuse the innocent one of infecting them.
There are countless persons with such sad stories, with variations, but with the same outcome, all over the world.
Murder One is defined as the taking of the life of another human being with intent. The unintentional loss of a life as a result of another’s actions can be deemed manslaughter, or Murder Two, by the institutions of the law.
Many lives are lost or compromised as direct and indirect consequences of deliberate and intentional actions of carriers of infectious, life-threatening diseases, whose actions are just as effective as if they had put a gun to the heads of their victims and blown their brains out, which may have been a merciful death. They are no less criminals than the notorious Rondel (Fine Man) Rawlins and others of his ilk, and they should be prosecuted as the murderers they are.