The 16 Year Old Killer, Cyntoia's Story (full documentary)

The 16 Year Old Killer, Cyntoia's Story (full documentary)
  1. PurpleMoons
    Heart breaking story! Genetics play such a large part in her life. I personally know children whom are suffering with the stigma of a parent who has given them up at young ages and some at birth. You can see the personality of the parent at the time of pregnancy playing out in these children lives. But they can change. I see one child making such changes. Its a matter of finding that trigger that opens them up to resolutions. Its a difficult task especially when you have a child whose so secretive and shameful of their vulnerabilities. Life prison terms for many of these children are wrong! Most often you can tell the callousness of ones spirit. In this childs case, what she done was no cold, calculated, and callous. It was a bad choice based on the life she had endured. There is hope for her! Made be i'd missed something, but even in her genetic background, the harm that her people inflicted were mainly on themselves. Not on the lives of others. Most children who commit terrible crimes need extensive psychological treatment. Not a life sentences. IMO
    Oct 17, 2013
  2. skuderjaymes
    @NNQueen,

    Those are interesting questions. I think.. even if she cant control.. and has no real choice in the matter.. the public needs to be protected from the kind of person that would do the thing she apparently did. I think of abuse like a virus.. spreading from person to person.. and though our sympathy may lie with the abused.. it is likely that abused will transition into an abuser and continue to spread the virus. So what do you do about that?.. another tough question. I sit firmly in the life for a life camp.. but it's an uncomfortable seat when you consider all the tricks and traps and setups and letdowns built-in to society that set so many folks on the wrong path in the first place. It's a real slippery slope.
    Oct 17, 2013
  3. skuderjaymes
    @Khasm13,

    Neither do I... I think of it more on spiritual terms.. but you never know. I have a character in one of my storylines that says that what you pass to your unborn child is pulled from your condition at the moment of conception.. and that's your full condition.. your condition of your body at that moment.. the condition of your mind.. of your heart.. of your intentions.. etc. and so a child conceived purely out of lust and selfishness will grow up to be lustful and selfish.. etc.. all in all it's a pretty damning prognosis for a whole helluvalot of people.. fictional people that is..
    Oct 17, 2013
  4. MsVeraisblessed
    i just read the comments about the fact her adoptive mom should be blamed for this. if i read right, someone questioned the adoptive mom's parental skills. there are so many questions concerning this child's life but only two pops up in my mind. Why was she out prostituting when she had a good home? and why her adoptive mom not noticed her daughter's behavior? she doesn't deserved a life sentence. Not even 5 yrs more. She's still young and have the rest of her life which she could try and do something with.
    Oct 14, 2013
  5. Khasm13
    i don't even want to start thinking about a violence gene...
    Oct 14, 2013
  6. NNQueen
    @skuderjaymes,

    You make some good points about the bloodline and raise an excellent question that I don't know the answer to. Could Cyntoia have made some different choices? Once she was sentenced to life, it sounds as though she thought she could, but what prevented her? If this is genetic as her maternal grandmother suggests maybe she just doesn't have the capability of choosing to live a life that isn't a part of who she is. It's leaves a big question mark for me.
    Oct 14, 2013
  7. skuderjaymes
    @NNQueen,

    tragic indeed. Also very interesting how the cycle continued on in the daughter despite being completely outside the influence of the mother.. if you look at all of the tragedy on the biological mothers side, it appears that their bloodline is cursed.. all of the suicide and abuse and destruction.. generation after generation after generation.. We call it a "cycle" but I wonder: is it more than that? Is it something more fundamental than that?.
    Oct 14, 2013
  8. NNQueen
    What a very tragic story.
    Oct 13, 2013