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I committed my first murder at the age of twelve I had killed before but before there were always motives such as self defense and protection of property On December 25 1991 however I killed for the carnal sake of killing Taking this life did not feel wrong until the fraction of a second after it was too late I remember vividly the pride I felt in my steady aim the rifle-sights barely moving from the tiny target I had chosen and then the crushing suffocation which replaced pride as soon as I squeezed my right index finger I was told that it was alright My father said good job The government said that I was acting within the limits of the law Strangely I felt no comfort in knowing I had my father and the government on my side I still suffered prosecution not from any judge or jury but from myself I am sure that by now you are appalled a little anyway with me It may not change your feelings any but at least let me explain that I did not kill any human being The life which I took belonged to a squirrel and squirrel was in season some would call it a rodent too stupid to get out of the path of their Goodyears On the other hand I as well as many others would call the squirrel and most other animals a dignified and noble creature Anyway the life was a squirrels and the weapon was a Crossman pellet rifle The weapon was a Christmas present the squirrel was not included Upon reaching my grandparents farm for Christmas dinner lunch for those of you not raised in the country I set out after my adversary Any adversary would have sufficed but it
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