Mick Philpott might be selling horror movie t shirts in jail, with pictures of the fire at his home, emblazoned on the front. That’s the kind from guy he is. His verdict ought to have bot switched to murder. He murdered six children AND his slave wife, Mairead.
The repellent Mick Philpott has left a territory in shock. It is mentally painful to contemplate his actions. Stupidity is too crude, yet too fine a word. That misplaced word has been bandied about. Philpott was a vile morbid joke, in case he wasn’t so dangerous..
Amongst the hand-wringers desperately trying to make sense of this event, we have Tutor David Wilson, of Birmingham University, who is quick to place the blame on reality TV, saying of Philpott:
Bolstered by his Televisie appearances, he thought he had the superiority to control not just his media image but everybody encircling him, too. Idiotically, he just extended that to a belief in his ability to control fire — with all the catastrophic consequences that followed.
Philpott, it seems, has gotten off lightly. He has fooled the experts, the intellectuals, the judge and the jury. I think Philpott is neither merely a narcissist, with a ‘malevolent ego’ whose self adulation spiralled out of control, resulting in a reckless act with tragic consequences.
Philpott, as his own twisted path demonstrates, is a heartless and sadistic murderer whose melodramatic skills let him down.
This act, of revenge, was intentional. The murder about his children was based on his hatred regarding his ex. He ensconced out to murder his six children, as a formative of aggrandisement, of self-pumping, expressing his unbridled hatred concerning the women in his life, and the fruit they bore him.. Lisa Willis fled, so Maired bore the brunt of her husband’s wrath..
How powerful he must fool felt then, watching the materfamilias howl in agony as her offspring burned to expiration subordination his roof, witnessing the brute numbness (numb from fear and habitual bullying) the incapacity, the dull victimhood of Mairead; further twisting the knife by “coercing” her into casual sex upon his mate, a few days after the death of her six paucity children. A satanic celebration of shameless murder and the ultimate act of sadism. Philpott was saying to his victim, ‘I’ve burned your children, and you still have to obey me.’
This was no manslaughter, this was murder, an act of blatant malice. Philpott planned this ritual as carefully as he managed his finances. This was not a fire ‘out of control’ but an act of controlled hatred.
The nation is in shock, not only because of the crime – how numerous times have we read in our newspaper about a father (or mother) killing offspring – but the deceiving nature of the crime. As though instinctively we know that this twisted branch of humanity severed its own roots, quite deliberately, as a means like destroying another soul. Mairead was available, handily enough..