The murder of Karen Koslow in March 12 1992 was one of the most reported in the American history. Her husband Jack Koslow, though rich, famous and living a luxury life-and in a neighborhood where the top American rich  lived, could not put his thoughts together to even imagine he can be attacked in his house, and lose his wife suddenly and without warning.  When he found strength to go to his neighbor’s house to seek for help, his wife had been dead for 4 hrs and he had injuries that could not be explained. The police rushed him to hospital for  immediate medical attention as investigation began to determine who killed his wife and for what reason.

As the life of the rich is, Koslow had the gates to keep the bad people out. He had high tech security systems to watch and give alarms for  any intrusion from outside, but unfortunately, even on this dreadful night, his alarm system wasn’t functioning- thus his running to his neighbor for help. The police had to know why it never worked, yet he had not reported any security breakdown to the company that managed it.When the police rushed to his mansion, Karen had been dead for hrs. In their bedroom, she lay there dead. Her throat was cut and with a knife that belongs to them.

 Her body had other blunt force marks and injuries that drew a lot of attention from the forensic expert and government investigation bodies. The man called in to help unravel this mystery, a forensic body examiner- a Mr Peerwani could not believe his eyes with the extend of the murder. His first impression was clear-she was brutally murdered and (according to him), the brutality of this kind of murder is obvious-“THE CRIME OF PASSION”.

With his prediction on the events of that night, the police, media and everyone who followed that story-suddenly implicated the husband Jack Koslow. The public was keen to know more. Jack was in the midst of a mess he could not solve, unless God intervenes. Everyone had become the jury and judge. He was responsible for the murder. Police rushed to his hospital bed and made him secured. People were enraged all over. Media houses started telling rumors and gossip from unreliable sources, of how Karen was enduring in the marriage-and how they had sought counselling sometime before, just to prove that they had a rocky marriage. Funny enough, when examining Jack Koslow, the doctors noticed bite marks in his hands, thus cementing what they had heard from the Forensic expert Mr Peerwani, about this “crime of passion ideology.

When Jack was interviewed his accounts of that night were very sketchy. All he could remember was seeing Karen on the floor dead, trying to raise the alarm that never worked and him being attacked by unknown people. To add insult to injury, he even requested the authorities, from his hospital bed, to attend his wife’s funeral. The tongue of men, both public and media houses went viral. With police protection, he was there to see his wife to the grave. According to everyone, Jack was feigning love when he was fully involved in the execution of his wife.

On the other hand, his family came to defend him. On Camera and in view of everybody, his adopted daughter from his first marriage, though living with her mother waxed lyrical. She stood firm to defend her dad and in everyone’s eyes, the love between the daughter and her father was inseparable. Though she didn’t live with the Koslow’s, she would visit as often or live with them for some time if she so wished. Other family and friends also added to her voice to declare how harmless Jack Koslow was.

As authorities were pinning their last moves on how to nab Jack Koslow and jail him for the murder of his wife, a breakthrough call came in. Some young man was having knowledge of what happened, and his conscience was eating him up. Though not the murderer, his friend Jeffrey Dillinghan had come to him with the weapons used in the murder, plus the cloth, requesting him to do away with the murder evidence. Though he never questioned him up, he got wind of the news when it was public and started fallowing it. The police had initially suspected Jack Koslow but the truth was, that two people, Jeffrey Dillingham and Brian Dennis Salter, had attacked the Koslows, with Dillingham beating them and Salter slashing their throats. After the attack they stole a wristwatch worth $1,600 and $200 in cash from a wallet.

The other part that played now like a movie, was that Jack’s Daughter, who had waxed lyrical in defending his dad on Camera, was actually the one who sent his boyfriend and his friend to kill his parents, to pave was for her inheriting the wealth.

She knew all the password to door bells and alarms. She took his friends through all the process of entering his dad’s home.He literally taught them of every surrounding of the house. Even the dad’s bedroom code was with her. As a daughter, there was no room for suspicion for her since they all were a close with the dad.

The rich, as it’s common with our days, have gates to keep the bad people out and high tech security systems to watch and give alarms for any intrusion from outside, but they forget how to handle the enemy lurking and dining in their midst, all ready to do anything to have it all for himself or herself-all because of greed. Behind those mansion walls, the rich think they’re safe, but not gates or guard dogs, or even on rotation police visibility can protect them from the enemy within. It’s only God who can. They enjoy the fruits of financial success but of course, in the history of man on this planet, there are some who do not need to earn a living. They’re the beneficiaries of a different kind of cash flow, just because they’ve been born and bred in the home full of cash on request, and sometimes, on demand. They don’t even know how the money is made, but they’re so privileged to be so close to it, that they lose the taste and desire to look for it.  Jacks Adopted daughter Kristie from his first marriage, who lived with her mother was behind all the Jack Koslow went through. She wanted it all and on short notice but she lost it all. She was jailed for life and her case can only (maybe) re-considered in 2027. Jack Koslow, in bitterness, requested the courts to give her death penalty.

Beloved, do you now see why the bible says Judge not, that ye be not judged? The bible then continues,” For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.( Matthew 7:1-3)

It’s so funny how we are so quick to point a finger at someone, even when we can’t fathom a thing from what has happened. Our nature as humans rushes to judge so quickly, even without considering how the decision and our words may pain us later. There is no better example from the bible, on why we should not be quick to judge someone, than the example of our beloved Biblical David. When Prophet Nathan came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”

In verse 5, David was infuriated. The bible says, “David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this deserves to die! He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”

At this point, Nathan had to drop the Bombshel.”  “You are the man! This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: `I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’ 2 Samuel 12:1-11.

In the courts of heaven, David had just pronounced his own judgment, even when he thought it was someone else at fault. That’s what happens to us often. We implicate people, judge and throw dirt at some who may not have any clue of our hate and rumors. Jack Koslow was innocent but the forensic examiner could only say “It’s a crime of Passion!. Imagine how he felt, when reality reached his doorsteps? I bet he must have wished he had not drawn such a conclusion at all. How about the public and the media houses who for two weeks, paraded Jack Koslow in their gossip forums and made decisions that were wrong about him, yet he was an innocent victim of a murder went wrong?

Can we pray that the Kristie’s who are walking around as innocent people, and made others suffer, that God may bring their sin out! It has been said that most people in jail are innocent ones who just responded to a distress call, only to be branded murderers, all because they had the first account of what happened-and had no words to convince the courts they were innocent.

When talking to the church of his time, the Apostle James said,” Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19

In our days, what is happening is the reverse of this verse. We are quick to speak and slow to hear.

If we did what God says, we may come to realize this, most of the people we said wrong accusing things about, are actually victims of our hate, and if reality is played out, we will be ashamed to our face, and wish to swallow our words, just like what happened in the Koslow’s case. May God help us be sensitive to what we say and do, so that all of us may live in peace and harmony with one another, just as God desires of us. Have a blessed time in the Lord.Amen

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