You see, I have reached the chapter in this book in which I started to feel compelled towards our killer, Mr. Travis Boyette. Well, not entirely.
Yes, he raped and killed Nikki Yerber mercilessly, but it was actually sad for him too.
Travis was actually an unwanted kid in a failed marriage. He never really knew his dad, he called his mother's lover "Daddy". His mom spent most of her time battling her addiction to booze instead of taking care of her children. Travis has another brother, who also happens to be neglected and ends up in a reform school. Being constantly neglected by his parents, Travis becomes an easy target for his Uncle Chett, who has a penchant for young boy. Okay,okay, he's a pedophile. Travis was so young then, minds so impressionable that he has no idea what his uncle was doing to him. All he know is that after the pain ends, he gets ice cream. Before long, he became a problem to the neighborhood. Sniffing pot, doing drugs, stealing from stores, smoking, he was following the footsteps of other bad boys in the small town, and needless to say, the town never ran out of problematic youths. These youths, Travis included, was taken to the reform school. One look into his file, Travis became easy targets for the guards. For two years, he was subjected to violence, hatred, tortures and sexual abuse. The reform school is a place where society cultivate career criminal. The society wants to lock up these youths and throw away the key before they became a nuisance to them. They forgot for a fact that eventually these young criminals will be let out.
And what's a young man of fifteen whose life has been subjected to endless violence would do when he finally got out? The novelty of freedom when wears off when he got a whiff of the lure of another crime. Another crime he was about to commit as an adult.
So, that's what Travis did. He committed one crime after another and got hooked.
He was wondering, after all of his dreadful ordeals, should he be the only one to shoulder the blame? Or is the society at fault too?
Mind boggling, huh?