*Warning – the following scenario deals with scenes of extreme violence. If you are sensitive to such scenes, please do not read further. Thank you.*
Come with me for a moment. There. Stand right there. Now look and observe the scene in front of you:
It’s 4:00 p.m. on a quiet Sunday afternoon and you are lounging in your favorite chair, feet up, and softly snoring.
Both children are in their rooms upstairs. The oldest, your fourteen year old daughter, is listening to music on her headphones and sketching. Your ten year old son is immersed in his gaming world.
The smell and sounds of this evening’s dinner preparation mingle with the late afternoon rays of sunlight streaming in through the kitchen window.
The family German Shepherd is stretched out on his side in the kitchen, his space at this evening’s dinner table reserved. His soft snoring blends with yours in a counter point rhythm.
It is a typical lazy Sunday afternoon at home in a quiet family-oriented neighborhood.
Suddenly, the front door jamb and door are breached, while the back door is opened at the same time and in the same way.
Two men enter through each door. You now have four unmasked men in your home. They have not concealed their identity and they have just invaded your home with the full knowledge that you and your family were at home.
Your dog jumps to his feet and runs toward the two men in the kitchen. One of the men grabs your dog by his front legs and splits his chest cavity as he lunges to attack him. He falls dead.
In the living room, you awaken to the sound of the breached front door.
Your drowsiness and weak core muscles prevent you from rapidly rising to deal with the intruders. It happens so fast that you can’t react quick enough to draw your side arm. You are further subdued with a knife to your throat while your hands are zip tied with both hands in front of your body. You are gagged and thrown onto the sofa.
Your wife is dragged from the kitchen into the living room and thrown onto a chair behind you. As she passes by, you can see that she is also zip tied, gagged and her head is bleeding. You are unable to communicate with her non-verbally, nor her with you, because you are no longer able to see each other.
Three of the men go upstairs to your children’s rooms while one remains behind to watch you and your wife.
The children have not reacted because they were both on noise cancelling headphones at the time of the invasion. They never heard or saw the three men coming until they were each attacked.
You ten year old son dies first, zip tied, gagged and his jugular vein cut.
Your fourteen year old daughter doesn’t die immediately. She is gagged and gang raped by the three men. Her face is almost unrecognizable from the beating they have inflicted upon her. After they decide that they have had enough, she dies the same way as her brother did, zip tied, gagged and jugular vein slashed.
Then the three men come downstairs and join the fourth man who is watching you and your wife. You don’t see your children with them.
They have your wallet and your wife’s purse, both of which were taken from your bedroom upstairs. Your hands were deliberately zip tied in front of your body so that you could write down your passwords for them. Within minutes they have emptied your bank accounts and all your available credit.
Your wife is then dragged upstairs where she meets the same fate as your daughter did. As she is moved to the master bedroom, your wife desperately looks toward your children’s rooms, only to see glimpses of their bloodied bodies as she is dragged past each room.
When they have finished beating and raping your wife, and ensured that your wife and two children are dead, the three men descend the stairs to kill you.
As you bleed out, you think, “they never said one word, never fired a shot.”
You realize that no one saw anything because of the privacy hedges around your home. You think of your wife and children.
You think “I should have”…then you lose consciousness and die.
Now, let’s rewind the scene and take a step back.
What could have been done to prevent or change the outcome of this scene?
Were there things that the family could have done once the invasion began?