Social media is on fire as some condemn 40-year-old South African expat and mother Lauren Dickason to worse than the fiery pits of hell. "What kind of a mother!?" they cry. "What kind of a monster would strangle her children with cable ties, watching the life drain from each of their terrified faces, not once but three times over?"
Lauren Dickason has been cast off as possessed, a demon. Fists shaking, eyes bulging and angry emojis abounding, many South Africans are calling for this woman's blood. They want to see her suffer.
Here, empathy is a very fine line between condemnation and justification. It's at this juncture that we can either join the ranks of condemnors or dare to look down the precipice and really consider what happened in the Dickason household last Thursday night. What were the contributing factors that set this unimaginable tragedy in motion?