Unless you live in a cave, you’ve heard that John Evander Couey confessed to sexually assaulting and then murdering nine-year-old Jessica Lunsford.
You may have also heard that Couey is 46 years old.
This picture from the Houston Chronicle does NOT look like somebody who is only ten years older than I am (I just turned 37.)
This picture from CNN (which has since been replaced with the less flattering booking photo) is a little better. He looks less like a corpse, and more like a healthy 70-year-old.
Now… here’s the absurd thought. How is it that a 46-year-old man looks like he’s 70? Does a life of crime (burglary, indecent exposure, carrying a concealed weapon in violation of parole… a total of over 20 arrests in 30 years) age you preternaturally? What about a lifetime of depraved thinking? What about a decade’s worth of working your way from THINKING about depravity to actually COMMITTING depravity?
Okay, maybe he was just having a really bad week, and the photographer caught him in a bad light. Or maybe the news feeds all have his age wrong by 15 years. Or maybe there’s a message here for us from God, saying, in effect “if you think he looks bad now, just wait until you see how he looks when *I* take his booking photo.”