Items like these show the outer limits and effects of JW family involvement, which includes a rationalization of childbeating (from a common mistranslation and misapplication of a biblical verse that children will become “spoiled” if not physically beaten). Parents, who envision themselves in a power pyramid, will sometimes take out their frustrations on those with less power. It is a chain of domination and submission to authority. Here is one result.
Larry Slack has been convicted of flogging his 12-year old daughter to death with an electrical cord (as well as aggravated battery to a child in the beating of her brother).
All six children were beaten, but Slack was especially furious that the murder victim – tied to a bare metal futon frame and gagged – “wouldn’t take the beating quietly.”
Prosecutors have said the couple were strict Jehovah’s Witnesses who practiced corporal punishment.
Leon Slack said the electrical-cord beatings were routine:
You felt it not only in your back, but in the front of your chest,” Slack said. He then described the force his father used–like “you were hammering a nail into wood.”
The couple loved their children but did whip them as a form of discipline, just as their own parents had, Streff said.
Larry Slack worked as a Chicago Transit Authority machinist and Constance Slack worked as a nurse.
Constance Slack has already pleaded guilty.
In his videotaped statement to prosecutors played in court Thursday, the corpulent Slack said, “I bought [a knife] for the purposes of killing myself. I hid it under the fat folds of my stomach.”
Prosecutors called the suicide attempt “self-serving.”