SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
”He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. ”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
When I first heard of Peter Stockhausen’s disappearance in mid July of this year, my first reaction was one of mild shock. While we were no longer on speaking terms, I had no wish to see him fall victim to foul play. As more details came out, however, and it became evident that Peter was not a victim at all, my initial feelings of shock turned into disgust at why prominent members of the BC chess community were so willing to sacrifice Peter’s wife and daughter.
Roger Patterson fools himself into thinking that he has played no small part in this affair: but up until his post Karen, Peter’s wife of more than 20 years, had already begun to accept that Peter was likely dead and probably a victim of foul play. Roger is not strong enough to admit to himself that the hope that his naive post had planted in the Stockhausen family is worse than any tragic news could have brought: for it was at this point that Karen realized that she and her daughter Silken were really the victims of an evil deed.