Divine intervention to help find the perp so he can then be executed but no
divine intervention to spare this beautiful, innocent girl and her family the
horror and her death, a devastation that will last life-times. That sounds about
SammyB - you need to get a grip. Those who can believe can say whatever they
want. If they believe in miracles, they can say it. But don't expect those
that don't believe to agree with them - just because people don't
believe doesn't mean anything other than it is a different opinion. Plus,
there is no right or wrong answer, as it can't be proven one way or
another. Nobody can prove it was a miracle, and nobody can prove it wasn't.
I lean towards it wasn't a miracle, but great police work and a bit of
luck. I don't get offended if somebody disagrees with me - that is their
Sometimes coincidence is Gods way of maintaining plausible deniability.
Here is the problem with the whole divine intervention thing. If god can inspire
people(the police) to have a hunch and crack a case then why couldn't he
have inspired the father to wake up and prevent this in the first place. If you
believe that god does sometimes interfere, and sometimes doesn't that
wouldn't make sense. How can some people be lucky enough to escape with
their lives and some don't? The only answer I can come to is there is no
divine intervention. Some people get lucky and live and others don't.
Divine intervention has nothing to do with it.
Leave it to Ernie since no one else would have said something so insensitive.
I am angry at all these judgmental people who don't believe those who
believe in God should allow those beliefs to be spoken in a public forum. This
kind of thing was a part of normal human discourse from the beginning of time,
but now that believers are under such ugly pressure, many are knuckling under to
this kind of brain washing.To those who believe that no miracle is
possible unless the life is saved have absolutely no understanding of the
eternities. There is no fairness in this life but perfect fairness in the next.
All who suffer will be blessed with incomprehensible happiness forever.
Suffering we do not bring on ourselves, as the Apostle Paul explained, brings
eternal rewards.But most of all, do not let yourself be manipulated
into being muzzled by social bullying.
Divine intervention??? It should have intervened on June 26th.
I agree with EPJ that pornography is almost assuredly at the root of this. I
would also be surprised if his own background as a child did not have lax
parenting. When we ask how a person can turn into such a monster, I
really think most of us on this planet are capable of amazing heights or
unbelievable depths. I am guessing that his own wife and children did not think
he was the most incredibly awful husband and father they could imagine, or his
wife would have divorced him and taken the kids as far away as possible. He had
clearly managed to fool them regarding part of his personality. But because he
chose not to bring himself above his base desires for the sake of those around
him (and because pornography is legally and quite readily available), he has
devastated the lives of Sierra's family, his own family, and many others
close to them.
I'm so glad that the family will get closure. But why can't you just
credit the intelligence and quick thinking of the humans who worked on the case.
Why must the glory and praise be stolen from them and attributed to something
unseen? I think the detectives who worked on this case are deserving of every
bit of praise we can heap upon them.
It matters not in this case how the apprehension of the suspect is classified.
If the evidence is strong enough to convince a jury "of his peers"
beyond a reasonable doubt of his guilt then justice on this earth can be carried
out. Whatever justice is delivered I doubt it will do very much to sooth the
pain and anguish of this poor girls family.
Divine intervention would have been saving the poor young girl from the murder
in the first place.Doesn't surprise me, however, that Utah
police would give credit to God for solving the case.
OHBUIt's not hard to comprehend. I have four kids and sometimes
I let them suffer the consequences of their actions or the actions of others
taken against my kids. If I step in every time a kid bullies my children, then
they will never learn how to deal with a bully. I have also helped
my kids find their lost shoes at times when they really ask and need them, and
other times I have made them find their shoes themselves.What has
come of this little girls murder is a community united, expressions of
compassion toward a family many of us have never met, greater love for our
neighbors, an inward look at how much we love our own kids, and many other good
things human kind can find from a tragedy. Would we have those things if this
tragedy had never happened? Maybe, maybe not, and I am not here to tell you God
wanted this to happen to bring a community together. The fact is,
you can't stop EVERY bad thing in the world, but if you belive in God, you
CAN find good from the bad.
So glad they got him.Sounds like divine intervention to me. To say it
wasn't because if it was divine intervention, then it would have been
stopped somehow before he committed this crime is short sighted to say the
least. News from around the world on a daily basis indicates terrible things
happen, and around here a lot less than other parts of the world. Is God
expected to stop all heinous crimes everywhere, before they start? Or do we
consider ourselves here to be extra special? If he HAD been caught
entering the house before he got her out the door, he would be free and out on
the streets again pretty quickly.
I wonder if Terry Black spotted Sierra while the neighbors were watching the
neighborhood fire on June 23rd. It would be interesting to see if any of the
local TV networks have news footage from June 23 of the individuals gathered
watching the fire in West Valley City. Its just strange to me that Terry would
strike within 48 hours of that incident.
I've never understood how someone can believe that God will not intervene
when a child is being tortured and murdered because, as they put it, God must
allow that person his free will. The same people pray that they'll get a
new job, or something like that, and God intervenes to bless you for paying your
tithing. Has not God impinged on that employer's free will by intervening
and causing them to hire you? It's the ultimate level of arrogance, in my
mind, to dismiss the real suffering of millions around the world by simply
saying, "God must have a purpose," and then simultaneously believe that
he's so involved in your affairs as to help you locate your lost car keys.
I thought the picture of Bigelow was a picture of the killer. How about
a new title: Heroic Cop's Sixth Sense Leads To Arrest.
I also cringed when "divine intervention" was cited. While it is fine
for the police officer who was so quick to add this up and find closure for this
family to claim a higher source inspired him (this time), it insults all police
officers who are trained to investigate and work hard on every case to not be
able to bring closure and answers to all families.
To all who are concerned by those who question divine intervention...divine
intervention doesn't mean nothing ever bad will happen but it does mean
when bad things do happen, God can "intervene" to help, assist,
strengthen etc. hence that's why it's called "intervention".
What can be said for sure is that there is a place in heaven for
this little girl, there is a place in hell for this evil man, and God's
knowledge and understanding reach further and comprehend much more than this
tiny space of time we call "life". It is a poor effort at best to
question God with the incredibly small/ finite intelligence we personally
possess.Incredible credit to the officer who followed his
promptings, thus enabling divine intervention.
Part 2As for Black's family...I doubt they were aware that
their husband and father was capable of these types of crimes. I hope, for
their sake, they are not ostracized by their Ward and neighbors. They need
comfort and love, as well.I do not agree with the death penalty.
Normally, I would say to have him put in solitary for the rest of his life, with
no possibility of parole. In this case, let me go into general population. The
vast majority of men in jail have no patience for a child killer...
Part 1"Bad Things Happen to Good People", by Rabbi Harold
Kushner, and LDS theology,agree that while God can make miracles happen, He,
generally, cannot go against the laws of nature. Each person chooses their own
path, be it mostly good or mostly evil. Black chose mostly evil.None of us can say whether God helped the officers put the pieces together; we
weren't in their brains and hearts. Whether or not He did is irrelevant
right now. The only important piece is that a murdered, rapist, kidnapper,
thief and scofflaw has been captured. I am sad for Black for choosing to commit
such despicable acts.My compassion and prayers go to little
Sierra's family. Sierra is at peace now. Her family still has a lifetime
of pain, a trial, and to see justice. For their sake, I hope they can forgive,
and not let this tear the rest of their family apart. They will need God's
help to do that.
Joe, Utah Bill, Beverly, & ErnestIf God wanted to stop anything
from happeing he would, but then life would have no agency and we would all be
doing the same thing with no choices. This monster made a horrific choice and
unfortunately took the life a this beautiful little girl. YES, God could have
stopped it, however it was not stopped. The divine intervention
mentioned by the police is nothing short of a miracle. This guy stole the car of
a woman, who then went to her bank where she noticed her stolen car. She called
police and the police came and arrested the man who just so happened to be
wearing clothing with charcoal/soot on them. The police had a sixth sense about
this and it led to the discovery that he was Sierra's killer. For these
events to happen like this is truly miraculous.Would you grow and
learn how to love if you never had pain? The pain of this story has brought it
close to home for me. I hold my little girls every night now with a greater
strencth of love and the knowledge of the true pain the Newbolds must be
Let's not get ahead of ourselves with this miracle business. The guy
committed a heinous crime that garnered national attention. He then proceeded
to steal a car, commit fraud at a bank, all the while wearing the clothes he
killed her in. He's either not too bright, or he was on some level hoping
to get caught. My heart goes out to all those affected by this
awful crime, but God had nothing to do with it.
Well-written article but . . . should they print the victim's address?
God helps those that help themselves. It's because the detective was
actually putting in the necessary time on this case that he had enough dots to
With regards to the divine intervention. I believe that there is a divine
balance, an opposition in all things. If God stops bad things from done, he
will also have to stop good things from being done. Several years ago a man
went into an Amish school and shot several girls. The man was shot or killed
himself. Afterwards, the family of the dead girls reached out to the family of
the murderer of their daughters and shared . If God had stopped the man, he
would have also prevented their families from showing compassion. Whether we
live or die is not important in the long view of eternity. God cares about how
we deal with others. Feed the hungry, be kind to strangers, visit the ill and
I am assuming that the reporter who wrote this article was writing under much
pressure to complete it so news of the arrest would be known. I've been a
newspaper reporter, but never for something as awful as this, and emotions do
affect how a reporter writes. I thought "connecting the dots" was
overused, but I wouldn't want to be the one having to impart this news to a
huge number of readers. Let's focus on the good work of the detectives, and
recognize that unusual events leading to the arrest could be called
"miracles" in a broad perspective. Most of all I think we need to be
sympathetic to all who knew the victim, and those who are missing her most. So
As this terrible story unfolds, I predict we will be informed that this man was
involved in viewing pornography. So many violent sociopathic killers had their
start in viewing pornography.@UTAH Bill. This life has been compared
to us only being able to see the other side of an embroidery. Part of the
"risk" that is this life, is the fact that people have their agency to
choose good or evil. If we had all the answers, where would FAITH fit into our
lives? Pray for peace and comfort for the family and for yourself too.
Wouldn't 'Divine Intervention' have prevented this horrible crime
in the first place?
Bringing religion into this case has hurt the prosecution's ability to
professionally present the evidence at trial. There are bad people in this world
and it has nothing to do with God. If God was involved at all, this poor child
would have been protected from this horrible behavior in the first place.
Calling good police work "Divine Intervention" is unprofessional hurts
the quality of good investigation. Religion is becoming a shot of whiskey for
the weak minded.
Of all crimes, this sort is the most heinous of all. The perpetrator deserves
all the law and the courts can possibly impose.
"Black had lived in the neighborhood for about 10 years. His wife and
children are active in their LDS ward and attend church services with the
Newbold family".----So the killer has a wife and
children that attend the same LDS church as the victim and her family. Mr. Black
has made his own family almost as much of a victim as the parents of the child
he killed.I am left to wonder, how do people do such things. My only
answer is that some people come to this earth morally impaired, just as some
people come to this earth physically impaired.
This is what cops do. There's was no intervention from any hidden sky
I'm a Christian yet I still cringe a bit when "divine intervention"
is referenced in conjunction with a tragedy. For, if the hand of God really is
touching this case, why did this happen to begin with?
Kudos to the officer who made the connections and the arrest. I would be more
persuaded to believe it was divine intervention if the parents had been awakened
at 3:00 AM and prevented the kidnapping vs. catching the perp after the fact.
I'm so happy that the arrest was made. But I am kind of disgusted with the
loose language of this report. How can you say, without quoting anyone, that the
arrest was "nothing short of a miracle"? How can the first paragraph,
without attribution, site "possibly even divine intervention" in the
arrest? If there were miracles involved, the poor little girl would not have
been attacked. Let's lay off all this loose talk of miracles -- as in,
someone opining that it was a miracle that certain homes were spared from
wildfires. Does that mean other people whose homes were burned were not as
deserving of a miracle? The paper is far too quick to declare divine
intervention and miracles are involved in too many horrible stories. If there
were a bona fide miracle, that in itself would be front-page news throughout the
world. And while I'm on my rant, how can this article flatly say "Black
entered the Newbold home" without attribution, and later say, "Black
allegedly entered Wells Fargo Bank"? Did he definitely enter one place and
only allegedly enter the other? Sloppy writing.
No doubt Chief Diamond sincerely believes this arrest was facilitated by divine
intervention, but I'm sure that's small comfort to Sierra's loved
ones, who would certainly have wished for an earlier intervention. If I were in
Chief Diamond's shoes, I would keep such speculation out of my public
comments. Good police work stands on its own merits.
Again, condolences to the family, commendations to the officer, congratulations
to the department.
Such a sad story, what a monster. I'm happy that the officer connected the
dots with divine help. I wish the divine intervention had been there before the
Peace be to all those affected by this terrible crime.
This is what court trials are for. If the DA feels confident that they have
enough evidence to prosecute, then go for it.Re the claim of
"divine intervention," exactly what message are you sending to the
parents who've lost children and whose prayers _weren't_ answered?
Were they somehow less worthy of "divine intervention" than this
particular family?Please - enough of the useless mumbo-jumbo about
divinity. As the article described, it was a combination of tireless,
professional police work and a lucky break that caught this guy. Random
occurrences sometimes lead to favorable outcomes - no divinity is required.
In a case like this the only thing close to justice is the death penalty. If the
case is as strong as it sounds there should be no plea deal. He should have the
same fear she felt moments before she died. That is what he will feel leading up
to his punishment. Nothing else is justice.
Poor little girl. She was so young and had to face the terrors of rape and
death at her tender age. I hope that angels took her before that monster was
done with her. Rest in peace sweet little one. Condolences and prayers go out
to the family.
Swift trial please!!!
This is just horrible on so many levels. As a parent, I cannot imagine the grief
they must be feeling right now. I do know that she is in a better place. This monster has no place he can hide anymore. Not from the police, the
inmates that don't take well to men that hurt children, the judge, jury and
God. I'm glad that I am not the Judge for this guy.
I am glad they caught him. I wish they would have caught the man that raped the
news paper girl on 2200 west and about 8000 S in December 1997. a lot of
similarities in these 2 cases both by the same canal. makes me wonder. I hope
the run his DNA through a computer to see if he raped anyone else etc. Good Job
WJPD on Sierra's Case.
But whoever shall offend one of these little ones who believe in me, it were
better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were
drowned in the depth of the sea
I am so happy that there is some action on this horrific case! I HOPE they have
some solid news!