Woman murders over fortune - The double standard of supernatural vs. theistic woo.

I ran across this story tonight - http://www.ocregister.com/news/nelson-233700-smith-fortune.html




"SANTA ANA – A Westminster fortune-teller and her daughter were brutally murdered by a client because the fortune-teller wasn't able to grant a wish, a prosecutor told jurors today.


Tanya Nelson – who is standing trial for the killings of Ha "Jade" Smith
and her college-aged daughter, Anita Vo – was upset at losing her lover
and blamed Smith, Senior Deputy District Attorney Sonia Balleste said.

"For
some reason, this defendant believed in fortune-telling,''
Balleste said. The fortune-teller wrote a letter to Nelson and
apologized for not being able to change anything, Balleste said. That
letter was found in Nelson's home. Nelson, 45, of North Carolina was
angered that the fortune-teller wasn't able to change reality, and
decided to travel to Orange County to kill her, Balleste said."

It seems to me that reality is pretty hard for some people to handle. That's why woo is so attractive to certain personalities. Rational people tend to accept that life is chaotic and that they don't have a
lot of control of life beyond personal actions and attitudes.
Supernatural beliefs lend to an easier rejection of reality in the same
way theistic beliefs do. They're like two different forms of the same
opiate.




However, before we decide this woman must have been insane, consider her actions after the murder -




"Their home was also ransacked, with Nelson stealing credit cards, cell phones, jewelry and designer luggage, according to Balleste. Nelson also took a pair of diamond earrings – worth $35,000 – off Smith's dead
body, the prosecutor said. She also used Smith's luggage to travel."



That doesn't sound like a lunatic, that sounds like a calculating
killer who was totally aware of what she was doing. A sociopath perhaps,
but sociopaths are not the same thing as lunatics.

It seems like
the only really crazy thing about this woman's crime was her
motivation. It's too bad she had an irrational belief in mysticism
rather than an irrational belief in religion. Were she religious, I have
no doubt she would be getting a lot more support for the conviction of
her faith.

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Comment by Shine on February 13, 2010 at 1:51pm
Were she religious, I have no doubt she would be getting a lot more support for the conviction of
her faith.


I completely agree, if her motivation had been a divine message from the Christian god there most certainly be some church organization ordering money for her legal defense. Also, there would be a serious campaign to disparage the victim. "Oh, look, a fortune teller, she was in the service of SATAN!"

What really shocked me about the story--and this might make me a total jackass for picking on a dead person--was that the fortune teller had diamond earrings worth $35k. There is something seriously wrong when a career in fortune-telling allows someone to have jewelry worth twice my annual salary. (I'm not meaning that in a woe-is-me kind of way, just the monetary comparison struck me. If she were a doctor, lawyer, or other professional that actually did something productive, I would of course not begrudge her nice things at all.)

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