9 May 2017

Nightmare

On the left Linda Bolanos and on the right Richard Field. They were a couple and co-incidentally they were both hospital anaesthetists in Boston, Massachusetts. To be an anaesthetist is a great achievement. All that learning, all that training, all that responsibility. An anaesthetist is a vital cog in almost every hospital operation.

Naturally, anaesthetists are well-rewarded. In my view, they deserve to be well-paid. After all they are dealing directly with other human beings' lives. They are not property developers or insurance brokers. Anaesthetists are people who, in work terms, really matter..

I don't know about Richard and Linda's past history of love and life but they had found each other and were planning to get married. They shared a luxury apartment in Boston  and no doubt they had nice cars, nice holidays, nice friends. In short they were really starting to live "The American Dream". 

But last Friday the dream died. Instead, they experienced "The American Nightmare". A thirty year old fellow called Bampumim Teixeira, intent on robbery,  got into their apartment and killed them. Before the killing Richard was able to text a friend this message - "Gunman in the house".

But it appears that Richard and Linda did not die by shooting. They had been tied up and their throats had been cruelly slit. It is further reported that Teixeira had scrawled a message of retribution on a wall inside the apartment. What retribution? What had they done wrong? Perhaps Teixeira was inflamed with jealousy because he could see  with his own eyes how close his victims were to "The American Dream" and how far away he would always be. In his rage, he even tore up photos of the unfortunate couple.

May they rest in peace.

23 comments:

  1. Anger and a sense of entitlement!
    Dangerous bedfellows

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    1. The media is partly to blame. It often fosters that notion of entitlement - suggesting that we can all "make it".

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  2. I shall be experiencing the American Dream tonight, I will be at Wembley Arena watching the great man, Bob Dylan, in concert.

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    1. I didn't know he was England. I hope you enjoy it Derek. Like they say Dylan is God!

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  3. When it comes to spectacular murders, America never fails.

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    1. OK, just read about it. Horrible! Sounds like robbery may have been the motive -- ironic, considering the perpetrator was a security guard.

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    2. Robbery may have been the original motive but by the sound of it, it turned into something darker. He may have acquired keys via the security organisation he worked for.

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  4. Immediately thought of my daughter when I saw this item on the news. As you say, decades of study behind them to help others and all for some monster to slit their throats.

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    1. There's a horrible irony about such killings.

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  5. My youngest son is an anaethetist assistant and had quite a lengthy training for this. Would you believe that he was an ashpalt roofer who lost his job, went to clean in a hospital and worked up from auxiliary nurse to sister and then the anaethetist job. His loves it and it shows that you can be something if you want it badly enough.
    I depair with some human beings in this world, so sad about this couple.
    Briony
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    1. Your son has done bloody well Briony but I don't think he would thank you for referring to him as a "sister". He was a charge nurse!

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    2. Whoops, showing my age. lol

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  6. Violent crime just seems to get worse and worse there.

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    1. Good job it's not like that in Bellerby or Leyburn. Even here in the southern suburbs of Sheffield violent crime is very rare indeed.

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  7. It sounds personal, even if it was misdirected. I imagine he enjoyed watching the fear in their eyes as they bled out.


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    1. We don't know the full details but yes... it does seem that there was a personal vindictiveness.

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  8. Violent crimes are everywhere...committed in every country throughout the world.

    Humans care little about the lives of others. They care little about their own life.

    It's a sorry, sick state of mind; and on and on it goes...

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    1. When we lived close to The Earth, in small communities or tribes, we didn't attack complete strangers unless they threatened us.

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  9. Tragic, and but another indication that the US fails in controlling weapons and in providing mental health care unless one is wealthy or has insurance.

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  10. Just another day in America.

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  11. Just another day, almost anywhere in the world - to paraphrase Jennifer.

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