This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.
For the family of Jim Sanders, the worst is over.
They had to endure four separate trials, but in the end, three men and one woman were convicted of terrorizing the Edgewood family and killing Sanders on an April night last year. The last co-conspirator will be sentenced next week. If any of them ever get out of prison, they will be very, very old.
But Sanders’ widow and two sons will always have the terrible memory of that night – of having their home invaded, of being tied up and beaten. Their beloved husband and father is gone forever, all because the good-hearted Sanders trusted that a young woman was who she said she was – a daughter who wanted to buy a ring for her mother that Sanders had advertised on Craigslist.
Many of us probably would have been just as willing to invite a young woman into our home. What happened to the Sanders family could have happened to anyone who is of a trusting nature, who doesn’t readily suspect the darkness that can lurk in some hearts. Read more »