"Who knows the evil that lurks in the hearts of men?" These were the word that would begin the radio show, The Shadow along with an ominous laugh. I don't think that even the Shadow could have guessed what evil was lurking in the heart of Austin Sigg.
Austin Sigg made his first court appearance today, remaining calm as the judge announced that he will be tried as an adult.
Sigg looked down at his hands the entire time he was in court, only twice glancing behind him at his family and Jessica's family.
The charges against Sigg are for Jessica's death and for the alleged attempted abduction of a jogger in May 2012.
Though Sigg will be tried as an adult, if convicted, he is not eligible for the death penalty or for a mandatory life sentence without parole, under Colorado law.
The defense argued that a bond be set for Sigg, as he had no prior criminal history. The judge ruled that Sigg can't overcome the assumption of his alleged crimes, meaning Sigg will continue to be held at the Mount View Juvenile Detention Center without bond. He may eventually be moved to the county jail.
If we had the ability to look into the heart of this young man and learn the answer to the question what would we find? Was he driven by a sexual or aggressive drive to exert power and control by killing another human being? Was he abused as a child, sexually, emotionally, physically, or psychologically? Did he know the difference between right and wrong, but dismisses it as not applying to him.
According to a report, family members confirm that Austin had been treated for an addiction to pornography when he was just 15 years old. Is there a correlation between this addiction and the dehumanization of women in general?
At the end of each episode The Shadow reminded listeners that, "The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Crime does not pay.... The Shadow knows!" We may never know why Austin murdered and dismembered Jessica but I would agree that his crime bore bitter fruit that poisoned many lives.