Here is another post inspired by the show “Forensic Files” it is from Collection 4 Episode 28 (season 10 episode 2) called “Marked For Life”
A violent one-man, one-night crime spree goes unsolved for almost 50 years until forensic computer technology finally catched up with the killer. This was proof that you can run but you can’t hide.
Here is the episode:
If you were able to watch the video this will be a little recap for you. If not, I’ll fill you in on the basics and share what was, for me, a great message.
Almost 50 years went by & they final caught the guy. The guy couldn’t believe he was being arrested for a crime committed so long ago.
My dad has alway said,
“Surly your sin will find you out.” -dad
Although this was a very loose translation of the Bible verse “But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the Lord ; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.” taken from Numbers 32:23 NIV my dad always said it with such conviction and his intentions were to point out that what we do has consequences and the wrong we do will be exposed some day. Bible verse or not, it’s true and there are plenty of Bible verse that remind us that God know things deep within a person’s heart. He knows, even if no other human knows. (Jeremiah 17:9-10 MSG; 1 Corinthians 2:11 ESV; Psalms 44:20-21 ESV)
Rather than live in fear of punishment by God, like an angry old man just waiting & watching for me to mess up, my earthly father raised me to be aware that God sees all & knows all and we should have a healthy fear that came from being in a respectful relationship with Him.
So, the lesson I took away from this episode of Forensic Files wasn’t just the fact that we’ll all be held accountable for what we’ve done and not done while on this earth (both good and bad) but it was a lesson on “leaving our mark in this world”, leaving behind, passing down some things that made a difference in this world because we activly participated & did somethings to be left behind for others to find helpful.
The thing that drove home this point for me was the fact that one of the police officers in this episode, almost 50 years ago, was able to shoot back in self-defense at the man that was on this killing spree and his bullet made contact before the killer’s bullet killed the police officer. That left a mark!
The episode goes through all kinds of twists and turns and years of investigation. 3 years after the murder a home owner was clearing out his yard and found the chamber to a handgun. The gardener thought maybe it was from a frame to a gun he found a year prior to that. They were a match but tracing down the original owner ended up looking like a dead end.
They were given false names and had to do some handwriting comparisons. When they were finally able to trace down a man linked to the gun they thought once again they were about to solve this case. They found out that he rented a room at a Y.M.C.A. that was also near the original murder scene. As they followed that lead they discovered he gave a false address. They ended up in a rock quary and were frustrated with yet another dead end.
Years and years went by. Nearly 5 decades later they finally decided to take a fresh look at the finger print (one thumb) that was left behind on the weapon.
By this time technology allowed for a huge finger print database. Just two months before looking in that database officials in South Carolina had finally gotten around to submitting the finger prints for felons in their state and investigators were finally able to find a match.
The man was almost annoyed when the police came to arrested him. After all, it was so long ago, as if he didn’t need to be accountable to the families & lives he effected.
In this case people were so surprized to see the man held accountable for his actions after almost 50 years but the prosecutor pointed out that the evidence still showed that this man was indeed the theif, rapist & murderer, he just got old.
In the very end, with the finger print and handwriting analysis there was enough evidence to prove the suspects actions but, the thing that was really able to completely close the case was the scar left on the suspect by the cop that returned fire and marked this former criminal for life.
The convicted criminal said he was sorry and that those crimes were against everything he believes in. That may be the case now some 50 odd years later after getting caught but he didn’t step forward & admit to his crimes until he was forced to.
Make no mistake God will forgive us. 1 john 1:9 promises, “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1 John 1:9 NLT. However, I also believe we need to be held accountable here on earth & we have a responsibility to stand up to fellow mankind & face the consequences for our action that effect others.
What we do and don’t do has a lasting effect & leave marks, even scars on others long after we are gone.
Scripture: So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.
1 Corinthians 4:5 NLT
Thanks for reading.
Extra verses: “The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out. But I, God , search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be.”
Jeremiah 17:9-10 MSG
“For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 2:11 ESV
“If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread out our hands to a foreign god, would not God discover this? For he knows the secrets of the heart.
Psalms 44:20-21 ESV