I was all set to put up a snarky post along the lines of how this guy actually looked the part, but then I read the article:
An appeals court upheld the maximum prison sentence for a deranged Pennsylvania man obsessed with raping real estate agents, according to reports.
Frank Yeager compiled a list of some 200 potential victims he hoped to violate, and claimed in his diary to “truly enjoy the hunt,” NBC 10 reported.
After spending months compiling his sick list, he tried to rape a real estate agent in 2012, according to prosecutors.
Yeager, 33, went to a real estate agent’s office in November 2012, and asked her to show him a secluded model home. She refused because he was acting strangely.
He returned minutes later, claiming there was a water leak in the home he wanted to see, and begged her to go with him. When a male colleague entered the room, Yeager panicked and fled.
Later, the Realtors went to the house to see whether in fact there was a leak. They found all the house’s lights out and curtains drawn — but no water leaking anywhere, so they called cops.
Yeager, who was born with facial deformities, confessed to the plot, which he attributed to a lifetime of bullying and being shunned by women.
Yeager said knew he would never get the wife and home he wanted, so he planned to kill himself after carrying out his violent sexual fantasies.
“I know it is wrong but I cannot fight the urges…I truly enjoy the hunt and cannot wait for my prize,” he wrote in the diary, prosecutors said.
His parents said in court that Yeager was forced to undergo several facial surgeries as a child and was mentally ill.
The article about this case in The Sun said that Yeager had "endured a lifetime of cruel taunts by strangers."
I don't doubt that Yeager in fact did go through a lifetime of bullying, and he obviously would have been shunned by women. All he wanted was a normal life, and that was clearly not going to happen.
I'm not suggesting Yeager's not being punished appropriately -- he attempted the crime, so he should pay.
But I couldn't help feeling sorry for him.
He evidently has two parents who love him, and who basically tried to plead for leniency from the court. That means there must be some decency in him somewhere.
The fact that he "panicked and ran" when the male realtor entered that room indicates that he's probably not even a sociopath, since sociopaths rarely panic.
Yeager himself was honest about the attempted rape, and his motivation. And he probably did plan to kill himself afterwards.
It was his monstrous face, which he was stuck with through no fault of his own, which turned him into a monster.
How many of us can say that if we had spent our entire lives looking like that, and being bullied for it, and even being taunted by passing strangers, that we wouldn't be bitter and want revenge on mankind?
I certainly don't blame any of the women who turned him down. But the real monsters in this story are the passing strangers who would see a deformed kid and mock him for it.