I ran across a story on-line several months ago and bookmarked it for later reading. Last Sunday I had everything around the house pretty well caught up and as I was going down the bookmarks list on my computer, I happened to see it lurking at the bottom.
At first glance, it appeared to be another one of those "stupid people do stupid things with predictably tragic consequences" stories, and since something similar had been all over the news fairly recently, I was just going to delete it.
But I decided to read it through. It certainly isn't funny, and you know what happened right from the first paragraph, but how it happened surprised me.
As you mature, you realize that people do things that, to you, are bizarre beyond belief. But you begin to learn that you really can't judge them, because their actions seemed perfectly sane and reasonable to them.
It's not a long story. It will take you about 20 minutes to read through.
This is an article from the April 2009 issue of Esquire magazine. The Worst Story I Ever Heard.