Tuesday, 1 July 2008

'Chilling prediction by murder victim, 16'

'TRAGIC Ben Kinsella wrote about his own death in a frightening prediction of the way his life was horrifically ended.

In a creative writing essay, penned just a few months ago, brilliant student Ben, 16, described in grizzly details what it would be like to be knifed.

In striking similarities to his own death, he described how he stared at his killer as the blood seeped from his body.

The shocking short story was released by Ben's devastated sister Brooke after it was found among his possessions.

His vivid imagination describes what it is like to be in heaven surrounded by family, luxurious food and music.

And in the writing he talks to his imaginary girlfriend Molly about not “messing” with his killer.

He talks about not being scared and even forgives his killer, saying: “I had this burning desire to hate the animal who took me away from life yet, although I don’t know why, I’d forgiven the murderer.

“I’ll never say I’m glad he did it because, well, I’m simply not.”'

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/justice/article1361364.ece

2 comments:

anadae said...

You've heard of the mass media generated term "suicide by cop" before, right? Just as the phrase implies, that's when an individual, too cowardly (?) or indecisive to take the final steps in terminating their own life themself, resorts to provoking officers of the peace with much unwieldy & threatening oft times psychotic behaviour into killing them as a measure of self-defense for the report-wielding policemen and/or as a means of protecting the community as a whole.

To me, this tragic item of the apparently precognitive adolescent looks as though it was a case of "suicide by creative writing". As you are well apprised yourself, Ben, what is generally refered to as simply "intent" in the Magic community (or, for the Thelemite crowd, Magick), the capital "M" distinguishing it from legerdemain or prestidigitation and garnering it with the significance of affecting ones reality with the effort of concentrating thought alone, is carried out with ceremonial, ritualised fanfare, encompassing the trappings of grimoire derived formalæ.

Why casting oneself as the target OF intent in a fictionalised piece cannot do the same when bell, book, and candle have done so nicely for centuries defies logic in this context. Why he couldn't've instead aspected himself as the winner of a multi-million pound lottery exemplifies his desire to end his young life instead.

Ben Fairhall said...

Very good point, my friend...

Unfortunately Ben Kinsella's essay is far from unique in this regard. According to an article from August 2007: 'Violence in the creative writing component of GCSE students’ coursework has fuelled concerns about the cultural influences on teenagers.

In some cases, examiners said, students produced thinly plotted but extremely disturbing content. Their report on GCSE English shows that the title The Assassin was frequently chosen by pupils in the “personal and imaginative writing” section.

Teaching associations expressed unease about the trend, particularly in light of the spate of murders and knife attacks involving young people.'

More here.


Thanks Anadae,
Ben