This question was raised by Cindy White in a post today, and it’s a good one.
What constitutes murder?
Of course there are the obvious suspects, like shooting, stabbing, beating with a blunt object and on rare occasions, poison. Things like that.
But what other ways is it possible to murder someone?
How about being verbally abusive to an elderly, frail and weak person? How about making that frail person to be involved in drama that has no bearing on their life? If you’re a person in that weak elderly person’s life, even a family member, who forces that frail elder to contact people and yell at them for telling the truth about what a vile person you are, regardless of how ill or weak they are? And then you berate that frail older person for not being forceful enough on your behalf? While others can hear and see the abuse, no less. If you know that elderly person has a weak heart and other medical conditions, yet you continue to involve them in your drama, insult and abuse them, until their health fails and they die, is that murder?
When somebody in your life is elderly and has failing health, do you treat them as second class citizens in their own home, constantly taking from them? Stealing their money and their dignity, Insulting and abusing them? Using them to further your own agenda by forcing them to participate in your drama on your behalf, even though you know it upsets them and causes them undue stress?
Or do you everything within your power to make their last days meaningful? Do you show compassion and shield that person from anything that would upset them? In my humble opinion, if you mistreat a person that you know is this weak in any manner, if you force them to be a part of your psychotic drama and they pass away from heart failure due to being overly stressed, this is murder.