These days it seems stoopid that i harboured so much for over 30 years. Plus, I let that hate eat at me until i was truly an evil person. No compasion, No Empathy. Just a hatefull Machine. Willing to use and hurt anyone.
-Brent Brents 7-23-14
Note from Amy: The following comments were sent to this Diary of a Predator website and were apparently from a relative of Brent Brents who watched his story on Investigation Discovery:
Brent is my cousin. I have never met him. His father is my Mother’s brother. My sister was 7 when our Mother’s brother RAPED her in Arizona. What he did to my sister was BRUTAL and she never forgot. I met Brents father in Oklahoma at a reunion I also met Brents sister. (He) begged my Mothers forgiveness with his Christian act… My Mother and sister have passed recently and this book gave them closure and exposed my Uncle for the EVIL he was.
It is true the VIOLENT ABUSE that my cousin was subjected to. My heart goes out to ALL THE VICTIMS..INCLUDING MY COUSIN BRENT BRENTS AND TO MY SISTER WHO PASSED NOV 1ST 2013.
It’s difficult enough to hold myself accountable each day. It’s hard Not to say fuck it i quit, screw everyone. But i choose to face my evils each and every day. But sometimes i need a feel good, a break. Otherwise i would go more insane and bitter without the breaks.
-Brent Brents 11-2-13
Note from Amy: The following response is from the woman who started the loop of this conversation–the one living in Amsterdam. And I am heartened by the intelligent, thoughtful and respectful discussions that occur on this Diary of a Predator website, so thank you to those who care enough to speak up:
We are all together on this planet, and some of us have been more fortunate than others. I have had several family members violently attacked, so this is not written from a place unscathed; however, Christianity does teach forgiveness and not just when it is easy or convenient.
My perspective is not intended to allow the perpetrators a “pass”, but to acquire some level of understanding and knowledge which could help to prevent these abnormalities from developing and proliferating. If we are truly serious about finding solutions, throwing offenders into jail is just one part of the answer. Currently, a violent sexual offender is going to be released into American society after his stint in prison: has anything been done to rehabilitate this person? How will we cope with this “time bomb” if no intervention or therapy has been offered? Soon prisons will not be able to contain all of them.
In previous centuries mental illness was considered an evil, but education and research have shown that this “illness” can be treated with therapy and drugs. Human society is better for this improvement. The onset of AIDS had people living in fear and treating victims as pariahs, but research has developed new treatments and we are progressing toward eliminating this scourge. Could we not apply this type of thinking to this problem? Shouldn’t we as humans try to advance our understanding and knowledge?
I know Brent’s crimes are particularly difficult to come to terms with, and I do believe he belongs in prison, however, we must find a way toward a broader solution.
I am not Dutch, I was raised in Canada, but have spent most of my adult life in the United States where these crimes seem to be on the rise. Currently, I am living and working in the Netherlands from where I am writing this correspondence.
Sincerely, Theresa L.