Our expert says:
Vent, by all means.
Rehabilitation isnteasy to achieve or even often achieved, but it's not impossible. And though the awfulness of a man like Garrido obviously bothers us, one needs also to understand the wife of such a man who must have been in various ways aiding and abetting him, and protecting him.
I suspect this may turn out to be a more complex case than it appeared at first. He may indeed be seriously mentally disturbed now, so the question of his fitness to stand trial may arise ; and he more complex to assess issue would then be what his mental state was at the time of the original offense, as it may have changed. The wife may also be disturbed in medical terms, and might, for instance, show what is called Folie a Deux, which occurs when one strong-minded and psychotic or simply very personality-disordered person lives very closely with another person who is not strong-willed enough to resist and comes to share their delusions or simpl foul beliefs.
You raise the issue of a Sex Offenders Registerfor SA --- don't forget there WAS such a Register in America and he was on it --- and a fat lot of good that did ! To run such a system efficiently would be very expensive in terms of cash and resources, and a badl run system ( sadly, SA is full of badly-run systems ) may be worse than nothing if it creates a false sense of security.
There's no doubt that the world would be a better place without roaming rapists, murderers and so on, but nobody has devised an effective way of preventing that.
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