People struggle with "hearing voices" that want to destroy their lives and those around them. Norm feels that they are helping him only to find out this may not be the truth.
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What if you had access to all the information in the world, past and present, true and unaltered facts? How would you use that information; personal gains, humanitarian efforts, political ambitions? And, what if the source of that information, the Voices, was suspect in its true purpose? How would you then use that information and at the same time protect yourself?
Norm Willstrum had this experience and recalls his story in how he and others dealt with the Voices. The Voices do exist. We do not see them, but we do hear them. We do not know where they come from, who they will effect, who will listen to them, but they are real. Are they the lost souls of our past, or souls that did not exit this existence upon the death of their vessel but exist as remnants of the past?
Are they the soul of the ancient caveman mauled to death by a saber tooth tiger; the victim of crucifixion at the hands of the Romans, or burned at the stake as a heretic by priests during the reformation, or souls wrenched from their bodies by the cruel practices of Mengele during World War II, or slaughtered mercilessly by Idi Amin in Uganda during the 1970’s?
Why do they make themselves evident to some and not others?
Do they reside in that 90% of our brain we do not use; the reptilian or non-human segment; a segment that tends to rely on kill or be killed for survival?
Yet when they interact with the living, their interactions tend to have an outcome of violence, eventually killing the very vessel in which they exist, if they exist there at all; the ultimate parasite.
Maybe that is what they are seeking, hoping for, that by destroying the vessel they will finally be free.
True accounts of encounters with the Voices are included in the novel.
Some people hear them, and some listen to them and some feel they must obey them. The results can be terrifying; murder in the most gruesome cases, families, friends, neighbors, or strangers, all sacrificed at the ever present pressure of the Voices.
If you hear them, do not listen.
If they command you, do not obey,
I heard them, but escaped their demands, or did I?
The Voices have always been there, always working their way into the minds of those who will listen. Generally they lurk in the background, silently sending messages, messages generally left unheard and un-acted upon. For most they are merely a nuisance, but when the voices become more aggressive and insist on being heard, they can have evil consequences.
Arizona's most notorious serial killer Jacob Kell suffered miserably in his short life. His family was plagued by the voices, voices that eventually drove his father to suicide and turned Jacob into a monster. His sister also heard the voices, but was able to control them. Jacob was not. He was seen many times standing in the yard, screaming at the voices to leave him alone. His sister’s untimely murder in 1945 was the linchpin that eventually gave the voices full control of Jacob. In a driven rage fueled by the voices Jacob killed 35 people. Some were even physically ripped apart in this voice-driven rampage.
And the voices were satisfied.
November 1995, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was beaten to death in prison by fellow inmate Christopher Scaver.
The voices told Christopher that he was the son of God. They also told him who he could trust and who was his enemy. When confronted by the police, he quickly surrendered and confessed to the crime explaining that the voices had told him to “do it and that it was the right thing to do.”
And, the voices smiled.
The Son of Sam heard the voices, as did the Zodiac Killer, and so did I.