June 9, 2016 ended the type of affair many of us have or have had in the past. Robert Marks murdered his pregnant mistress, Lyntell Washington, because she threatened to tell his wife about their affair. Apparently, Marks was more afraid of his wife than the consequences of his actions. I don’t know how one can choose jail time over a broken heart, but I’d rather take my lick and deal with my feelings later. There’s nothing more precious than freedom! Washington’s 3-year old daughter was able to corroborate the story and thus serves as a key witness. I guess Marks didn’t think that a 3-year old had sense enough to know let alone remember what happened to her mommy that night. In summary, this supposed-to-be role model and leader claimed the lives of two people and left one little girl motherless. In the meantime, Marks faces charges of first-degree murder and first-degree feticide and could possibly face the death penalty.
What disturbs me the most about this story is Marks’ way of dealing with his problems. Like so many others who have committed similar crimes, he did not think about the possible consequences. Obviously, he did not want to die because he didn’t kill himself. He didn’t want to go to jail, so he tried to cover it up. He didn’t want to lose his wife, so he kills his mistress? So, that implies that he really thought he would get away with it, yet he didn’t have sense enough to delete the text messages and destroy her phone. Either way, authorities would eventually reveal some evidence of the affair. I don’t ever condone any type of criminal behavior, but if you’d like to add it to your resume, make sure you are adept in that field. Otherwise, you’ll get terminated before you get your feet wet. In this case, Marks’ dumb criminal actions costed him prison time, separation from his family, and possibly death. Even if he did think things through, he should have known that there was a good chance of him getting caught.
Nevertheless, Mark’s wife stands by her husband’s statement, despite all the evidence. Looks like he could’ve come clean after all. If she can accept a killer, then she probably would not have had a problem accepting his infidelity and an outside child.
Moral of the Story
There are risks in every decision one makes. Marks knew he was taking a huge risk when he was cheating on his wife, and he knew he was taking an even bigger risk by killing his mistress. Marks tried to get rid of one problem by creating a new one – never smart a move. And two wrongs never make a right. Cheating is always a bad choice. Should you choose to do so, be conscious enough to use protection each time. If you don’t have protection, don’t take the chance. You can end up with an unwanted pregnancy/child and/or a disease and so much more.
As you can see, you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. Robert Marks was the epitome of success and had no previous criminal record. Who would ever think he could commit such a heinous crime, right? That’s how many of us think. It’s also the same reason many celebrities, politicians, authoritative figures, and people with power get off after committing crimes. It usually takes some time before they are finally convicted and indicted.
We were all born into sin. Hence, it shouldn’t be hard to believe that anyone is capable of committing a punishable crime. Many people who commit such crimes are believers but not followers. And of course, where there is good, there is evil. So, don’t be surprised if something like this happens again.
What You Can Do To Prevent Such
If you have knowledge that a friend or loved one is taking the wrong path, it is your business to step in and advise. If that person does not listen to you the first, second, and third time, then pray for him or her. But don’t just sit around and act like you don’t care then cut up at the funeral. You will live with regret and disappointment, knowing that you could’ve and should’ve said or did something. You never know, your words or actions could possibly save someone’s life.
“Make sense of what you do, and make every cent count.”
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