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What Goes Around Comes Around: a Rapist Gets What’s Deserved

I remember my dad telling me when I was younger after I would do something on the up and up (the correct and legit way to do anything for those of you not in the know), that I, eventually, would get what I was working for. He also said the same phrase to me after I had done something on the sly (the incorrect or illegal way) but he’d use different wording; You’ll get what you deserve.

In 1998, in Benejúzar, Spain – a town known mostly for its production of limes and the Catholic Church built here in 1611, Virgen del Rosario – a horrific crime was committed by a spineless, 69-year old coward named Antonio Soriano.

In the towns market, Maria del Carmen Garcia and her 13-year old daughter walked happily from stand to stand, smelling the flowers and gazing at the available fruit and vegetables. Soriano stood, lurking in the shadows, watching like a predator on the Serengeti. In a matter of mere seconds, Soriano swooped the young girl away when the older Garcia wasn’t looking and violently raped her at knife point in an alley way of the market.

He was arrested for the attack, but made a plea bargain somehow and was sentenced to 9 1/2 years of confinement. Just under a decade for raping and ruining the life of a 13-year old. Doesn’t seem legit to me. But, as my pop used to say to me, “He’ll get what he deserves.”

What, if anything, constitutes as a proper response to the release of a rapist?

Let’s fast forward to 2005, 7 years after the attack. Soriano was released from the prison which housed him in Spain on a pass for good behavior. As he was a free man for three days, he made a visit home, to Benejúzar. As he walked the streets, breathing free man air, he noticed a woman walking in the opposite direction and identified her as Maria del Carmen Garcia – the mother of the girl he raped 6-years prior. As they passed each other, he spoke these words;

How’s your daughter?

Garcia, without doubt, relived the entire event her daughter and she had been through in her head as she watched Soriano walk in to a pub on the street. All the pain, the humiliation, the sleepless nights, the nights she was awoken by terrifying screams from her daughters bedroom, the torture her daughter went through… all fresh in her mind like it was the day it all happened.

Garcia finished purchasing the items she needed, though her shopping list had drastically changed from the list she left home with earlier in the day. As she left the store, she found her way to the pub Soriano was sitting in. And with her newly purchased items still in tote, found him resting at the bar.

As she walked toward him, she called his name to turn him around on his stool. What she said is unclear, but what she did was monumental. As Soriano looked Garcia in the eyes, and heard everything she said, she opened the bottle of gasoline she had just purchased, poured it over the man who raped her daughter and struck a match, turning the rapist in to a ball of fire, scorching 60% of his body. 11 days later, he was dead.

Is there such a thing as an understandable reason for immolation?

This, friends, was what he deserved. And he finally got it. As far as the elder Garcia, she was convicted of murdering the rapist in 2005 and sentenced to 9 1/2 years in prison, but was released for “special circumstances” in 2006.

At her court hearing the day after her attack of Soriano, she was showered with chants of  “Bravo!” and “Well done!” by people in the crowd in the courtroom. The only person involved with this story who didn’t get what they deserved was the 13-year old girl.

Nobody deserves to be raped. Nobody except rapists that is. Unless, of course, the rapist is set on fire for all to see.

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