Society’s fascination with movie reel monsters is only surpassed by our oblivious tolerance of the real monsters living amongst us daily. The most dangerous and destructive creatures on earth are not the legions of infamous vampires, zombies, aliens, demons, devils, killer clowns, and cyborgs we love to fear. The scariest creatures on earth are those evil human beings acting as if they are not monsters at all.
No other species on earth is capable of instigating such violence, greed, fear, injustice, manipulation, and torture as Homo sapiens. Such familiar characters as Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, Godzilla, Freddy Krueger, Halloween’s Michael Myers, Jason of Friday the 13th and a host of other science-fiction villains are no match for the millions of serial killers, pedophiles, baby snatchers, rapists, online predators, sex traffickers, enslavers, con-artists, environmental polluters, spousal abusers, homophobes, racists, and other assorted sociopaths, psychopaths, bullies, and personal terrorists constantly lurking in plain sight.
Society stereotypically tricks us into treating many horrifically monstrous people with respect simply because they might appear attractive, flaunt affluence, fake friendliness, achieve fame or hold positions of authority. Add a puppy dog, some candy, a spouse, or a quick song-&-dance to this scenario and these miscreants are automatically considered non-threatening.
Unfortunately, one can be preoccupied with evil irrespective of their occupation. Just ask the many victims of religious leader, Jim Jones; or former Delaware deputy attorney general, Thomas J. Capano; businessman, John Wayne Gacy Jr.; Boy Scout leader, Dennis Rader (BTK Killer); law student, Ted Bundy; medical student, Philip Markoff (Craigslist Killer); hospital nurse, Charlie Cullen (angel of death); former police sergeant, Jeffrey Pelo (serial rapist), doting wife, Karla Homolka (serial rapist & murderer); etc. Don’t be tricked into thinking everyone will treat you as you want to be treated.
Real-life monsters cannot be identified by crazed facial features or stopped with the flick of a remote control. The trick is being able to see one’s true character beyond their cryptic masquerades. Unlike the movies, real life provides no ominous soundtracks warning us of impending danger. Consider the mild-mannered psychopaths who deliberately place needles, drugs, and poison into Halloween candy for unsuspecting, innocent children to digest. Trick or treat?
After treating yourself to a ton of frightful fun this Halloween, consider becoming a true “monster hunter” to help identify and put away the swarms of human monsters we overlook all year long. As Walter B. Gibson (1930s creator of The Shadow) stated, “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?”