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Could the milkman be the devil?

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"Could the milkman be the devil?" , by Erik Pevernagie, 100 x 80 cm, Oil on canvas.

Milkmen are examples of convivial and trustworthy persons in society. They come in the morning and put their milkbottles at our doorstep. We highly cherish this image in our daily life. Lately, though, many people have been infested by distressing events and criminal reports. Distrust has infected the once so open and cordial mood among the members of many communities.

This painting may pose questions: how can we avoid becoming paranoiac, if alleged reliable individuals have victimized us and have turned into devils.

In 2006, milkman Charlie Roberts walked into an Amish school in Pennsylvania, shot ten of the girls before turning the gun on himself. Five died: the youngest two were seven, the oldest was twelve.

The quiet friendly milkman and family father was a devil, the embodiment of evil, indeed.

His mother Terri Roberts doesn't understand: My son, the mass murderer: "What did I miss? How could he … leave his wife a widow, his children fatherless? Leave them to face the shame and the horror? And the gentle Amish families he had come to know so well in his rounds collecting milk. What darkness and evil could so possess his mind that he would want to hurt them? To rip away daughters as precious as his own? To inflict such pain and loss on another living soul?”

Phenomenon : Reliability , distrust and doubt

Factual starting point : milk bottle and devil's tail