Even Vicious Murderers Have Families, And It Gets To You
A few years back, Deputy Samuels was tracking a group of brutal murderers:
"It was a gang-related killing -- the victim was carved up pretty badly by several assailants. The first one or two were easily located at their home, or at school."
Yes, school. But hold on, don't get too depressed ... because you'll need to save some for later, when it gets worse:
"The third guy was the one that stuck with me. Via monitoring social media, we noticed he had knocked up his underage girlfriend about nine months earlier. A week or so after being assigned the case, congratulation messages started popping up in the bad guy's timeline. We tracked down the girlfriend through police contacts and ended up finding the guy's car parked out front."
"Congratulations, 'Dad!' Also, you have the right to remain silent."
See, this is why we never wish anyone a happy birthday on Facebook. It's not that we don't care; it's that we don't want to give away your position.
"We entered the daughter's room and found our man. He was curled up in bed, snuggling with his daughter, who couldn't have been over a week old.
"I felt like I should be giving this wanted murderer some harsh commands and a face full of Glock -- fitting with his offense. But I holstered my gun and just told him we needed to go. He was wearing boxers and a T-shirt, so I knew he wasn't armed."
If he'd been willing to get into a firefight with his newborn in the room, he probably wouldn't have been visiting her in the first place.