Two murders are just another ‘grievance‘
Bear with me one more time. Promise to move on to another subject tomorrow, but woke up last night thinking about Khari Sanford. His sentencing hearing was one of my more wrenching emotional experiences in recent years. (Yes, I’m using first person today.)
Two phrases stick out from Wednesday’s 09-07-22 hearing. Judge Ellen Berz: “I can’t explain the inexplicable.”
The other came from Khari Sanford himself, speaking of the period roughly a year before the March 30, 2020 murders. He was sleeping in a stolen van even as he played football at Madison West high school when he met Miriam Carre-Potter, the adopted daughter of the slain couple.
“She gave me unconditional love” and “introduced me to two beautiful people [who] saw my potential, accepted my adversities, and took me in.”
No love, child
There was little love during his dysfunctional upbringing from his absent, imprisoned father. His own mother, according to the pre-sentence report read at the hearing, told him point blank she didn’t want him. (Sanford was heart-breaking when he began his sentencing statement: “Mom, I love you. Dad, I miss you.”)
Yet, sometime after 10:30 p.m. on that terrible day in Madison WI, he walked up the stairs of that Rowley Avenue home that had welcomed him,.357 SIG Glock in hand. Sanford ordered Beth Potter and Robin Carre out of bed. With Ali’jah Larrue at the wheel of the minivan (which the two hostages had lent their captor), they drove around for 26 minutes — almost as if they were scouting out the perfect crime scene, before they settled on the north entrance to the UW Arboretum.
Did Beth and Robin bargain with their two captors? Remind Khari of all the kindnesses they had shown him? Struggle? As they were forced to their knees in the 30-degree cold in that ditch, did they say one last, tearful goodbye to each other?
“It was calculated, cold-blooded and senseless,” the chief of University of Wisconsin Police said at the time.
This undeniable tragedy broke many hearts here in Madison. What is the answer? More discipline? More responsibility? More money? More love?
In the immediate hours after his hateful deed, Sanford attempted to cash out the dead couple’s ATM cards. He was after their “bands of money.” He remained as callous as any Mafia hitman the next day at a friend’s home, where he was overheard to say, “I swear I hit them! How did they survive?”
How much did Madison’s woke progressive grievance-mongering contribute to this tragedy? Clearly, Sanford thought himself a victim of white society as taught at the University of Wisconsin and transmitted through Madison’s public schools. The murderer once wrote that he would “let his diversity shine over oppressive systems.” Was any system more oppressive than his murders?! Girlfriend Miriam blamed her parents for their “white savior complex.” Khari was separatist enough to join the Black Student Union at West high. His statement in court Wednesday suggested his sense of martyrdom.
“If taking my life is what it takes to repay them, to resolve the grievances of this beautiful family and define justice, I will be honored, your honor. Take it.”
(The WI State Journal captured that statement on video.) These words were not stream of conscience but written out, thought through.
How does one kill the thing he loves?
Resolve the beautiful family’s “grievances”! No apology, no request for forgiveness, no contrition. “Not one scintilla,” Judge Berz marveled. GRIEVANCES! Where have we heard that word?
In the end, Khari Sanford got no money. He killed the one thing he said he never had — that unconditional love. Where will he get either now? (Judge Berz said Sanford could use his proven leadership skills to better the world, but in prison. “You’ll be in a different world, now.”)
If the nation’s Woke culture of victimization played a role, he was also hard-wired by a dystopian upbringing. Can any consciousness raising program, psychotherapy, or medication undo the harm? How many other Khari Sanfords are out there in Madison WI and other cities?
Blaska’s Bottom Line: The kid had it tough, but why kill the greatest kindness you had ever experienced? Inexplicable.