CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C.—A father admits he killed his six children because he wanted to save them from hell on Earth, a B.C. Supreme Court jury heard yesterday.
“Something terrible, almost unimaginable, occurred in the early morning hours of March 11, 2002, in Quatsino,” defence lawyer John Green said.
The children “died at the hands of their father,” he said.
Handel, a devout Christian with a history of low-level depression, had become so distraught at the disintegration of his marriage to Sonya Handel, 32, he decided to kill his children, then himself, to protect them from what he perceived as harm on Earth, Green said. He believed he and his children would be better off in heaven than alive.
“He decided that the only way he could adequately protect his children was to kill them,” Green said. “The children’s life would be hell in his absence. (If) that sounds crazy, so be it.”
Is this what they mean when they talk about saving someone from a fate worse than death? Seriously, I always find it somewhat amusing that true believers would be all that upset about an event like this. If you think about it logically then dear old dad may have done his kids a favor. Depending on which Christian sect you adhere to this whole event could potentially be a “get into Heaven for free” card for the kids and Heaven is supposed to be better than anything the kids would ever experience in life, right? So what’s the problem?