Kenneth Glenn Hinson, 47, had no children but seemed to treat his neighbors' children as if they were his own.
He would listen to their problems, pile them into his pickup truck for weekend outings at Johnson Lake, and roast marshmallows with them during sleepovers at his home.
''My kids stayed down there, camped down there with him, and cooked down there with him. Hell, half the neighborhood did," said Donna McGee, who knew Hinson for four years. ''Nobody ever suspected anything."
They didn't know that Hinson had spent nine years in prison for raping a 12-year-old girl in 1991.
South Carolina is doing a very good thing. Perhaps a similar bill would be good in Virginia, although the present governor opposes the death penalty - and would probably veto the bill. I will settle just to get the death penalty for these creeps. That said, it would be better if some state (or the federal government in the case of those who make child pornography) were to cut a deal with the GRU for their blast furnace and conveyor belt.
Let's just hope that the courts will keep their sympathy where it belongs - with the victims, as opposed to the criminals that hurt them.