SAY GOODNIGHT ROGER
... it could have been so different old son
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Roger Rogerson might now spend the rest of his life in gaol and, despite having been found guilty of murder, I somehow still have a soft spot for him. Yeah, of course that’s wrong, but there was a sort of jovial gentleness about him on the only two occasions I have met him.
He was frail with hands that shook and I could not imagine his wonky finger purposefully pulling a trigger that ended a life and how could he have had the strength to wrap the body and dump it at sea?. But it appears he did (or helped to) and I still can’t get my head around that.
But I do know a murderer can have respect in gaol and respect is about all that’s available to the long term recidivists who, after three years, become hopelessly institutionalised, never to successfully return to normal life.
Roger was a shocker. But how can such a kind face hide such ruthlessness?
The criminal who is bereft of respect and relentlessly bullied and belted in gaol is the paedophile. There is nowhere to hide for him. His life is worthless. To have killed a paedophile is an honour in gaol and the following story explains why perhaps there should be a much diminished “murder 4, or even 5” in such cases.
It was written here on the Post years ago and now bears repeating as Roger prepares to die slowly behind bars: