So, the other week I mentioned (though not by name) that Jackie Slaughter, 54, who is from across the mountain in Robbinsville, and who has, relatively recently, quite an (alleged) extensive and frightening history of murderous violence beginning five years ago, was down here in Andrews just across the way. He had walked in at a friend’s dwelling around midnight with all normality, but then started to get more and more agitated, like something came over him, like something was changing his demeanor. Could it be drugs that he had taken before he got there? Jackie then pretty much cut through the entire side of the neck of his friend Cody, as if to decapitate him. Cody was airlifted to Erlanger, and is O.K., quite miraculously, after multiple surgeries over multiple days. Jackie had left him for dead, bleeding out from a completely severed jugular vein, the deep cut also severing nerves, ran from the corner of his mouth to back of his spine. Slaughter’s alleged ongoing slaughter is allegedly continuing.
I’m only guessing, but it was just before all that happened that Jackie might well have been the one behind what seemed at the time to be an attempted home invasion of the rectory, which was itself just too weird. From the agonized sounds (like a possessed man), and from the location of the anguished moans, it seemed that he was trying, but failing, to lift up the cement statue of Mary on the front steps so as, in my imagination anyway, to throw it through the picture window. I tried to lift up the statue while writing this post, and it is difficult, but not impossible. He’s a big guy one would think that normally he could do this. It comes to mind that the statue is blessed and that’s why he couldn’t do it. The timeline on this would be that he had come to the rectory first, failed to do what he wanted to do, took off back home in the direction of Tatham Gap Road with which he is extremely familiar during the alleged commission of crimes, but was then stopped by law enforcement and cited for driving with a suspended licence. Now on foot, he made his way to his friends house just off the way to Tatham Gap Road. I can only imagine that his person was searched and that his car was no longer available to him. So, it seems that it wasn’t drugs that were affecting him at his friend’s house. And, if it was also him who was at the rectory acting like a man possessed, it wouldn’t have been drugs either, as they immediately wore off during the traffic stop and still weren’t affecting him while at the beginning of the visit with his friends.
If this was Slaughter also at the rectory, and that seems likely, actually, then I have to wonder if he is, in fact, possessed, Slaughter slaughtering others because he himself is being slaughtered by Satan. In saying that, I don’t mean to demonize him. No, no. In saying that, I’m attempting to UNdemonize him, so that any demon is a demon and he is who he is. I know that “the devil made me do it” thing is just a bit too easy, but I would love to have a chat with him to see what’s going down with him and maybe help him, unslaughtering Slaughter slaughtering, if a fallen angel is in fact bothering him. Of course, I realize that even if he is guilty of all the murder and kidnapping charges that have been leveled against him, that this need not have anything to do with the Evil One, as we can be so very evil all on our own. After all, by original sin and our own sin we have all crucified the Son of the Living God. Jesus didn’t die to redeem Satan. That was for us. None of us is, on our own, better than anyone else. We pray for each other.
Having said that, it also needs to be said that people are so fed up with him what with all the alleged incidents that in one way or the other seem to be associated with him that the editor of one of the papers quoted a local saying here in far Western North Carolina that “Some people just need killin’.” And that makes me wonder if he’ll get a fair trial in these parts. That’s a really very common saying. I can’t count the times I’ve heard it said. And it seems to have been used plenty of times for him. Now, just to say, the editor followed that citation immediately with a hope that in this case people will be a bit more charitable than to be vigilantes. I mentioned that charitable bit to someone, who instead just repeated that some people need killin’, and that if it was Slaughter who came to the rectory the other night just before that almost-decapitation, I would have done society a favor by killing him and that I was at fault for not doing this.
No. Jackie slaughter gets to have due process. It is due process that helps society. Innocent until proven guilty helps society. Otherwise things descend into mob reaction. We have way too much of that in some cities around these USA. And what happens then, ironically, is that law enforcement officers are assassinated. It’s lockstep. And anyway, I didn’t hear about the almost-decapitation until the next day. And I didn’t see who it was. And I don’t have a police scanner or use the police crime-mapping app. And I’m going to do everything I can in any incident to flee if possible, or deescalate if possible, and if I have to confront someone for my own defense or the defense of the innocent, I’m going to be thinking of the absolute minimum possible to stop the threat. Period. In this case, I just flicked on an outside floodlight.
Anyway, unless Jackie gets out on yet another incredible technicality (basically fictitious in the opinion of some law enforcement, with the D.A. blurting out that in the past he’s gotten away with first degree murder)… if he doesn’t get out on a technicality, he’ll be in prison for the next seven years, as they only charged him with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill, apparently a much less serious charge than attempted murder, which would carry a twenty year sentence. One way or the other, he most likely won’t be making his $50,000 bail, as a relative of his (who doesn’t like him) is the only bonded bondsman in the county. I’m worried for his fellow prisoners and for his jailers.