The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Good Heart, Bad Kid

One of the kindest, most selfless gifts a person can give, is one that they can only give after they are gone- and one that relies upon their remaining family to usually orchestrate.

Deciding to give someone else a gift of life by donating an organ of a loved one is something that a lot of families struggle with. On one hand- they have a chance to do something wonderful in memory of their loved one; they spare another family from feeling the loss they feel; they get to, in a sort of way, see their loved one live on- if only a part of them. On the other hand, choosing to take a piece of their loved one away, to cut them open and allow for them to be dissected can be a frightful thought; not to mention the worry about the recipient. What if the life they save turns out to be tarnished? If they spare a piece of their beloved one, only to give life to someone monstrous.

An 11 year old boy dies, a sad and heartbreaking moment in time for his family. They however, make the wonderful choice to allow his organs to go to others, in the hopes that their lose will save someone else.

All goes well, as they watch a young recipient grow up and blossom. They are there the day he graduates from school- a bitter sweet reminder of what they are missing, and what they made possible.

And then the sweetness of the story ends, as the young man is arrested for planning a twisted murder of a complete stranger.

Authorities said Andrew Busskohl, 19, carefully planned how he would kill Jim Fratto, also of Woodbury, and took the first step by smashing the man's patio window around 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 6. He allegedly planned to return a day or two later, enter through the broken window and finish the job.

"He was going to come in, cut out my heart, cut off my eyelids and slash my throat," Fratto said Wednesday.

The criminal complaint says a friend of Busskohl's called police the same day and tipped them off that Busskohl had come up with a plan to find a man who lived by himself and kill him. He allegedly told his friend he'd wear a swim cap, latex gloves and shoe coverings. His friend told police Busskohl told him he would either stab the victim in the chest or slash his throat, and then either cut off the victim's eyelids or cut out his heart.

Busskohl received a second chance at life, a gift more valuable than he will ever stand, at the expense of the life of another sweet little boy. To imagine that he has grown into this must be devastating for both families.