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Are Kids Inherently Evil or is it Learned?

Posted by on Nov. 20, 2013 at 12:52 PM
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Jessica Ridgeway's Killer Austin Sigg Deemed Too Evil for Parole

by Jeanne Sager

Austin SiggThe teenage boy who killed 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway will never again see the light of day outside a prison. After two days of hearing from witnesses, a Colorado judge handed down a sentence for 18-year-old Austin Sigg that will keep him behind bars for the rest of his life. Not only will Sigg have to serve a life sentence, but he's gotten another 86 years tacked on to make sure he does not walk free.

Eighteen and never going to live outside a prison. Sadly, this is the best news we could have asked for. Especially considering Sigg could have gotten out. Thank goodness a judge decided he was too "evil" for that possibility.

Colorado law dictates that juveniles -- even juveniles charged as adults -- are to be given the chance of parole after 40 years of a life sentence. Sigg was 17 at the time of the kidnap and murder, so he fell under that rule. By tacking on the additional 86-year sentence, what the judge essentially did was circumvent that law -- albeit legally. He'll have to serve the two sentences consecutively.

Now, I understand why the law was put in place. It's not a good feeling to know that there is a kid out there bad enough to warrant more than 40 years in prison.

But when you examine the facts of this case -- not just what happened to Jessica, who was dismembered(!), but also Sigg's nonchalance about what he'd done -- that's the only conclusion you can draw. Some kids are sick. So sick they belong in prison for life, if only so they don't hurt someone else when they come out. 

As Jefferson County District Court Chief Judge Stephen Munsinger reportedly said as he handed down the sentence that will keep Austin Sigg in prison for the rest of his life:

Evil is apparently real. It was present in our community on October 5, 2012.

Hopefully this chapter closing will help Jessica's family move on, knowing Austin Sigg can never get out of prison to hurt another girl like their daughter.

What do you think of the sentence? Is it too much or just right?

Do you think kids are inherently evil or is it learned?

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atlmom2
by Susie on Nov. 20, 2013 at 1:04 PM
Some are born evil I say.
He should have a life sentence.
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Jinx-Troublex3
by Bronze Member on Nov. 20, 2013 at 1:05 PM

I think sometimes a person's brain just doesn't develop proprly and they aren't wired for symapth or empathy and have no feelings of right or worong or for other people. I don't know that I would call it evil.

Jinx - Homeschooling, Scouting & Karate butt-kicking  Mom to Life Scout Ian 1/982nd Class Sean 9/00, Junior GS Heidi 4/03. Wife to Joe & Alpha to German Shepherd Spazz.

Niccalyn
by Bronze Member on Nov. 20, 2013 at 2:44 PM

I don't think kids are inherently evil, but I also don't believe it is necessary to 'learn' evil behavior. Some people are just mentally ill.  Austin Sigg may not have had a great upbringing, and being bullied as a child probably didn't help matters; perhaps, in a different family and circumstances, his condition would've been recognized and treated earlier, thus preventing this horrible tragedy. But I don't believe he necessarily learned this behavior from those around him--he is a psychopath who is unable to know right from wrong, or to have sympathy for his fellow human beings.  I applaud the judge for his decision.

Newbie-SM
by New Member on Nov. 20, 2013 at 3:00 PM
I agree 100% with his sentence, I also believe both that some kids are born evil & some are taught that way. It's sad but it's out there.. My bf"s daughter self harms (age 3) & I think bout when she's (sigg"s age 17 ) or even when she's 13 :( I only say that because I've never known anyone to act in such a crazy way especially at this age. Down right shocking at times
drfink
by Emily on Nov. 20, 2013 at 6:35 PM
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Some children are treated so badly they become sociopaths ,others have a different brain chemistry that leads them to sociopath behavior.

I think the sentence is appropriate.Did he know what he was doing was wrong as he harmed and killed that child.?.If a person knows what they are doing is wrong they are capable of behaving correctly.

Jessiejack
by Silver Member on Nov. 20, 2013 at 7:42 PM

It's called mental health.

boys2men2soon
by Kimberly on Nov. 20, 2013 at 8:33 PM


Quoting drfink:

Some children are treated so badly they become sociopaths ,others have a different brain chemistry that leads them to sociopath behavior.

I think the sentence is appropriate.Did he know what he was doing was wrong as he harmed and killed that child.?.If a person knows what they are doing is wrong they are capable of behaving correctly.

I agree with this.




PurpleHazey
by Angie on Nov. 21, 2013 at 9:16 PM

It is learned

PurpleHazey
by Angie on Nov. 21, 2013 at 9:20 PM

 


Quoting Jessiejack:

It's called mental health.


 Yes but it is learned

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