Why Good Kids Do Bad Things

The Virginia Murder & Leopold and Loeb


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February 09, 2016

The murder of 14-year-old Nicole Lovell has raised the attention of a nation for several reasons. All involved have a Christian background. The accused 19-year-old Virginia Tech student is a Lutheran, and she was active in teaching at a church camp. The accused 18-year-old, also a Virginia Tech student, spent 9 years in a school called Riverside Christian School in Washington state, where he was an all-state athlete. The victim, 14 years of age, was active at her Auburn Baptist Church in her hometown in Virginia. Why do good kids do bad things? We harken back to the Leopold-Loeb trial and discuss both nature and nurture. Does bad nurture excuse the works done by a bad and corrupt nature? We discuss the influences of the world and the devil. These are not to be ignored, as they help to explain the wicked acts that you read about on the front page of the newspaper. However, the real problem . . . is the heart.

About Your Host, Kevin Swanson

Homeschooled himself in the 1960's and 70's, Kevin Swanson and his wife, Brenda, are now homeschooling their five children. Since graduating from his homeschool and then serving as student body president of a large west coast university, he has gone on to other leadership positions in corporate management, church, and other non-profits.