Yesterday in my local paper, The Providence Journal, there was an article that really gave me the creeps. Robert Croft,who is 74 years old, has built a working guillotine which now sits in his driveway. That's right. A guillotine that works! Did he build this as a Halloween prop? No! He built it because he is so upset about all the child abductions and murders. He thinks the people who commit these crimes should be publicly beheaded. He feels so strongly about this that he hired a carpenter and spent $900 to build his very own guillotine. This is certainly an extreme reaction, but not necessarily something that would raise too many red flags. Though a working guillotine, in a place where someone could actually access it and use it, is troublesome. Where the heck are the cops?
Anyway, that isn't even the creepiest part. The creepiest part is this guy's obsession with these abduction/murder cases. He knows the names, dates, locations and all the gory details of all these cases. He seems obsessed with thinking about what happened to these innocent little girls. He seems to be overly concerned about his own 6 great granddaughters and protecting them. Now THIS raises all kinds of red flags for me. I think this guy is nuts and possibly dangerous himself. At the very least the authorities should make him put his guillotine in a safe place. Before someone or some animal gets hurt. This is a dangerous piece of equipment with, according to Mr. Croft, a $300 specially made stainless steel blade, cut at angle and sharpened. There is something really wrong about this.
EDIT: Oh and I forgot to mention this. If anyone decides to go along with Mr. Croft's idea of a public beheading, he has gallantly offered to be the executioner. Why not? He already has the equipment. Regulation blade and all.
Photo from Providence Journal/Kathy Borchers