September 14, 2019:
I suppose it's not up to me to forgive him.
She did, although she was the earliest victim.
Yet for her he was a fantasy and a redemption,
while for me he was simply a dour old rancher with secrets.
You can say it was his father whose decisions set the train in motion.
But he obeyed when he should have defied,
where it was his decision to acquiesce which bore black fruit.
Decades of abuse, and rape, and murder.
A trail of mayhem which almost certainly would not have occurred had he fought his father to do the right thing.