I remember the day Paula Cooper showed up at Ruth Pelke’s house in Gary, Ind., lied to the 78-year-old Bible school teacher about wanting religious instruction, entered her home and stabbed the unsuspecting woman 33 times with a butcher knife. It was May 14, 1985.
I was a seminary student at the time, and when I heard about this brutal, shocking, senseless murder in my home state, and I was horrified. Terrified. Outraged. I, along with thousands of others, had a single thought at that moment: “I hope they fry her for it.”
Paula Cooper was released from prison yesterday. Now I must decide whether to forgive her.