The most evil offence is the one that repaints the way you view humanity.
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We cannot unsee what we saw, nor can we unread what we read. We cannot blink away or forget the image of Baby being stomped on, head-butted and repeatedly hurled down a flight of stairs, where she crashed into a gate. Even a month later, that heartbreaking image of Baby crying, as Andrew Frankish stood on her chest and jumped up and down, still creeps up on us. Those horrific images haunt us as we take our pets on walks and watch our dogs chasing squirrels or pawing at bugs, while relishing the spring weather. We think of Baby when we watch our pets calmly blinking in a stream of sunshine. We can easily glimpse a blissful light in our pets’ eyes—but that light was missing in Baby’s eyes. Baby wasn’t loved and protected. And if we could reverse time and save her, we would Instead, we hold on to our pets a little longer, a little tighter, and love them a little too much, because a part of us is wishing that we could hug Baby as well, that we could hug away all the terror and anguish that the Frankish brothers bestowed on her. There is no excuse for their deplorable actions; being “fuck-faced” or raised by an abusive mother is no justification.
Even worse was what happened to Baby once the recording was over. Did the brothers continue with the abuse? How she must have suffered for those three months that followed the torture.
I think that’s the part that guts us the most: knowing that Baby had to live in constant fear and discomfort for the remainder of her sad life. For three months, she was forced to live with the beastly brothers, and she didn’t even have the use of her hind legs to escape them. Why in God’s name did the mother wait three months to put Baby out of her misery?
We’re angry. And yes, it is our business.
“See if we can make it scream more,” Daniel said. “We should throw it down the stairs by its ears.”
If anyone should be labeled it, Andrew and Daniel Frankish should. They have lost their right to be considered human, because there is nothing humane about them. They are monsters. And they aren’t the only monsters we share our small world with. Even now, as you read this post, animals are being tortured for a monster’s pleasure.
We wonder who could carve out a cat’s eyes or hack off a dog’s paws and leave it howling in the streets. What kind of monster sets a puppy on fire?
What do these monsters look like? There is the heart of the problem.
How can we live in this world and not be able to spot a monster at single glance? Monsters aren’t supposed to have peachy soft skin and infectious giggles.
But they do.
Perhaps this is also what rocked us about the Frankish brothers: they looked so normal.
After reading countless cases about animal abuse and wondering about the type of person who could do something like that to a helpless animal, we have our answer. Anyone could.
Monsters could be packing our groceries, dating our daughters, preparing our lattes with winter-white smiles, while sprinkling cinnamon on our drinks and then cheerfully adding, “Have a nice day.”
We’re enraged, we’re scared, and we don’t understand what makes a person so ugly, how baby-faced boys turn into demons.
We want to help, to stop animal abuse, to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. It is our responsibility as human beings to protect the defenceless. Yet using violence to punish these gutless violators is not an option.
Words are powerful. Words make a difference.
Alex Richardson-Lee stood up for Baby. He was responsible for launching the petition to change Andrew and Daniel Frankish’s sentence. Not only did Alex bring worldwide attention to the horrific crime against Baby, but he also started a GoFundMe page and raised £3,686, which he donated to the Middlesbrough and South Tees branch of the RSPCA.
The power of words was also proven when Redcar MP Turley called on the secretary of state to act. “I hope you will agree that this is a wholly inadequate sentence for such a malicious and horrific crime,” MP Turley stated. “Animals are innocent and defenceless animal [sic] and this sentence does not do Baby, or any animal abuse victim justice,” she added. “Due to the leniency of the sentencing, I fear the message that has been sent to the brothers and other animal abusers is one of the law enforcement’s indifference to animal welfare.”
As a dark fantasy writer who has an intimate relationship with words, I’ve decided to rewrite Baby’s story. This dark fantasy, based on the Frankish brothers, takes place two years into the future. Not only do the brothers pay for their sins (in a very satisfying way), but Baby, with a sparkle in her dark eyes, gets a chance to live the life that she deserves. Animal lovers will find some comfort from this novelette.
This is my way of giving back. I’ll be donating 100% of the profits to animal rescue centres, and I’ll be transparent with the sales, as well as the donations.
We need to keep Baby’s story relevant. We need to inform those who may not have heard of Baby the Bulldog. We owe it to Baby. We owe it to those who cannot speak or defend themselves.
I make no apologies for writing “Make Them Scream.” There will be backlash, I’m sure—because “Make Them Scream” does not end well for the fictitious characters.