Some people could argue that Marianne Bachmeier was entirely justified when she shot 35 year old Klaus Grabowksi in the back seven times, killing him instantly. She committed this crime in Lübeck District Court, where Grabowksi was standing trial for the abduction, molestation and murder of Bachmeier’s own 7 year old daughter, Anna.
Grabowksi was a convicted sex offender prior to the murder of Bachmeie’s daughter, he had been convicted of sexually abusing two young girls, and had gone on to be chemically castrated while serving his sentence. In spite of this he still abducted and murdered another child following his release. He had strangled the 7 year old girl with a pair of tights before burying her body in a shallow grave on the bank of a canal.
Bachmeier was originally charged with murder, but after considering the special circumstances surrounding the killing, the courts change the charge to manslaughter. She was sentenced to six years in prison, but was released after only serving three - as she was deemed a suicide risk should her sentence continue. She died at the age of 46 from pancreatic cancer, and was buried in the same grave as her daughter.
What I love about this scene, is that while Nasir says these words, that if Agron calls him little man again, that the Gods would turn from him, and though he says it with teasing, smiles, and the two of them laugh about it … you can tell that Nasir genuinely doesn’t like being called little man. After this moment, we never hear Agron call him little man again. Even though Agron said it in teasing, he knew Nasir did not like it so stopped referring to him as such, respecting Nasir’s wishes.
The Duck knows what you did. You thought you were unseen, that you got away with your crime. You are wrong. She knows, and she will extract payment for it in the currency most dear to you. Be prepared, for she is relentless in pursuit and long of memory; you may travel far and fast but she will always find your guilt. She smells it on you, the reek of wrongdoing, and no perfumed soap can hide it.
The Erinyes were three goddesses of vengeance and retribution
who punished men for crimes against the natural order. They were
particularly concerned with homicide, unfilial conduct, offenses against
the gods, and perjury. A victim seeking justice could call down the
curse of the Erinyes upon the criminal. The most powerful of these was
the curse of the parent upon the child for the Erinyes were born of
just such a crime, being sprung from the blood of Ouranos, when he was castrated by his son Kronos.
Can we just take a moment to appreciate the soft gaze in Agron’s eyes? Everyone sees him as the hot tempered, volatile, sarcastic rebel with a sense of humor. But in this moment, we see a vulnerability. We have seen it before in glimpses with him, but this time, its of a completely different nature. The soft longing in his eyes in the seconds after they kissed, the hint of a smile, is all so beautiful. The way he looks at Nasir, is as if he is drowning out the rest of the world. As is everyone and everything else ceases to exist and in this stolen moment from the war they fight, it is only Agron and Nasir. Agron only sees Nasir. Feels him. And when his gaze drops to the sound of Spartacus’, you can see Agron slowly slip back into reality. Knowing that he may die in the risky mission, but for those few seconds, those stolen moments, Nasir was the center of his world.