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A Peculiar Thought: Jan 7, 2011

January 7, 2011 4 comments

I saw an article on yesterday-

The Agonizing Last Words of Programmer Bill Zeller

Bill Zeller was a talented programmer whose work we’ve featured on Lifehacker. He took his own life on Sunday and left an explanation that I think it’s important you read. Zeller was a victim of sexual and psychological abuse. It’s clear from his writing that the abuse left him unable to interface with the world in any way that didn’t leave him feeling he was too sullied to have the same experiences that he thought others had. He had a self-described “darkness”, which despite his prostration it’s clear he handled more ably than perhaps he ever realized. Programming was a solace, but only temporarily. Zeller never felt he could escape the things that had happened to him because he carried his torment with him everywhere.

More info about the incident can be found here Zeller GS, 27, dies in hospital.

Do you read his entire suicide note if you are so inclined- Zellers Suicide Note

One thought came to my mind.. If the way people treated him was behind his suicide, why not take them out along with him?

If someone is going to kill himself, why not first kill those who pushed him into that situation? You cannot incarcerate dead people, and what people think about the person after his death is inconsequential.

In any case, it is both fitting and just. Even killing the offspring of such tormentors is acceptable. It comes down to reciprocity.