The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Washington DC:
A Needless Tragedy

Feb 4, 2008

A Southeast Washington, D.C. woman was accused of killing her four daughters, ages 5, 6, 11 and 16. She had killed them eight months before, and had been living with their decomposing bodies ever since.

Mayor Fenty held several press conferences on this incident. He said the D.C. government did not do everything it could to prevent this from happening. Did not do everything it could? The D.C. government did not DO anything. The mayor has fired six D.C. employees so far–offering up scapegoats while D.C. government workers are understaffed, underpaid, undertrained, and totally overwhelmed.

How could these children just disappear for eight months without the schools asking questions, without child protective services asking question?

These four young girls bodies were rotting for eight months. Eight months! And how are they found? By U.S. marshals serving an eviction notice because the mother didn’t pay the rent!

So what’s the message here: You can get away with killing your children, but you better pay the rent!