“It was an intentional murder, I intended to shoot them, and I did.”

November 22, 2005 — 19 Comments


Those were the words of David Ludwig, 18-year-old killer from Lancaster County, PA.

Ludwig confessed to the killings, saying he shot the parents after the father told him to stop seeing his daughter, according to the filing. Ludwig said he shot Michael Borden in the back as he was going down the hallway to the front door and then headed toward Cathryn Borden.

“I shot mom as she was sitting in the chair,” Ludwig was quoted as saying. “It was an intentional murder, I intended to shoot them, and I did.”

Ludwig told detectives that after the killings, he couldn’t find Kara Borden. He said he started to drive away and saw her running down the road toward him.

She got in the car and said she wanted to “get as far away as possible, get married, and start a new life,” Ludwig told detectives.

Investigators have said they are still treating Kara Borden as a crime victim. but the investigation continues in this wild and horrible story. It’s a story of two teens who were called normal, homeschooled, and Christians. It’s a story that shows us that we cannot at any time say we aren’t that bad. We are all capable of grabbing a gun and shooting anyone. It’s just another example of the sinful nature of man. We cannot avoid the fact that we all are sinners. Man is not naturally good. These stories show us that fact over and over again. They reveal the sinfulness of man, and the holiness of God.

Kara may face life behind bars at this point, though I doubt that may happen. But we’ll keep looking into this story as it unfolds:

“If she is charged because she was part of the planning, if she is charged because she was sort of a co-conspirator, she will face murder charges, even if she didn’t pull the trigger. And the important thing to know about this, in terms of Pennsylvania law, is because she’s 14, she’s old enough to be transferred to adult court, be prosecuted as an adult and face, not the death penalty because of her age, but life behind bars.”

“You know, as a [CBS analyst and] prosecutor, what I’m thinking about with regard to this particular type of kid is, was she so under his spell, was she in a kind of an obsessive puppy love about it, or was she so angry with her parents? That’s the most important issue. Was she part of it, or was she a guilty, duped child?

It’s so sad to hear stories like these. But it’s important to learn from history and current events. We can find truths from the Bible, and we can find warnings for our personal lives.

This situation is an obvious portrayal of what haunts each and every human being on this earth–rebellion. We want our own ways. We want we we want. We look out for #1. Whatever pleases us is what we do.

That’s a huge problem in our society and in our world today. We see it in every major religion that promotes good works. It’s all about us. We want to move away from what others say is good for us, do it all on our own, and serve our own lusts and pleasures on this earth. It is simply humanism. The glorifying of man.

Nothing–not even homeschooling–will solve the problems of our society. Only one man can–and His name is Jesus Christ.

I don’t think you’ll hear that on CBS.

Tim Sweetman

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Tim Sweetman is a young writer, blogger, and student who lives near our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. He has been much more widely known by his “code-name,” Agent Tim. This name also served as the name of his popular blog, which received over 750,000 visits between 2005 to 2007. In 2005, he quickly rose to become a leading teenage spokesperson and cultural critic within the booming blogosphere, taking on issues such as MySpace, alcohol, homeschooling, pride, racism, tolerance, and other topics relating to our culture today. His blog has come to the attention of people such as Albert Mohler, C.J. Mahaney, Alex and Brett Harris, and La Shawn Barber. Tim’s written work has appeared in Lifeway’s Living With Teenagers (February 2012), Lookout Magazine, FUSION Magazine, The Brink Online, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Virtue Magazine, Regenerate Our Culture Online Magazine, and on many other blogs and websites across the internet like Marry Well and the Lies Young Women Believe Blog. He has also been featured in WORLD Magazine, The Towers Magazine, and Maryland Newsline. He is scheduled to have an article appear in Veritas Magazine this December. Most recently, his work can be found on Focus on the Family’s Boundless Webzine. His personal interests include writing (surprise!) and sports, both watching and playing. He is a die-hard Washington Redskins fan.

19 responses to “It was an intentional murder, I intended to shoot them, and I did.”

  1. Wow. That’s awful. I can’t believe it! You’re very right about our sinful natures, though. I just did a post on that- man’s total depravity, the first point of Calvinism.

    “Nothing—not even homeschooling—will solve the problems of our society. Only one man can—and His name is Jesus Christ.” Amen!!

  2. It’s a story that shows us that we cannot at any time say we aren’t that bad. We are all capable of grabbing a gun and shooting anyone. It’s just another example of the sinful nature of man. We cannot avoid the fact that we all are sinners. Man is not naturally good. These stories show us that fact over and over again. They reveal the sinfulness of man, and the holiness of God.

    I had read your post earlier in a feed, and was going to come back and comment on it. I was going to disagree with your statement to a certain extent when I realized you had concluded your post with the very fact I wanted to use.

    It is so very true, we — our sinful flesh — are capable of doing anything, regardless of how evil. But we as saved individuals — saved from sin thru faith — could not, because “He is faithful to keep that which is commited to him.” It is so easy to think that our homeschooling, moral beliefs, even religion, makes us somehow immune to such evil sins. Sometimes we’re tempted to trust in ourselves, and our ‘moral upbringing’.

    You’re post led to a great conclusion, even though the body of itself is entirely sad, and makes me sick almost every time I read it. :/

  3. This is terribly sad. I think I’m beginning to see why my parents won’t let me date for the next century. But I really don’t think I would date behind their backs either. And if anyone shot my parents, they wouldn’t live to regret it. This story makes me want to gag.

  4. Nothing—not even homeschooling—will solve the problems of our society. Only one man can—and His name is Jesus Christ.

    I thoroughly agree 100% with this statement.

    However, according to the Rebelution article, it seems the two teenagers were essentially “on fire for Jesus”.

    I honestly can’t understand how a Christian can murder another Christian – for that seems to be what has happened.

    What really needs to be examined is this: To what extent was Ludwig’s “Christian Faith” fatally insufficient? Was his understanding of how God works and guides us somehow skewed? Did he take on board the cultural values of the world as though it were Christian? Was he reading the Bible in an objective manner, or a subjective “experience-based” manner?

    All these are important questions – and one in which we all have to ask ourselves

  5. Well, you know, here’s what I’m thinking. I know a lot of kids who on the outside can be great. They don’t do wrong things (at least in the world’s standard) and are generally good kids. They can outwardly be “on fire” for Jesus. It all comes down to the heart, and what is really there.

    We can have fakes everywhere. It’s funny, our church youth group has been talking about fakes–and I think it’s making a lot of people uncomfortable. But it’s good. It exposes the fakes, and it really pushes teens to make the choice and not sit on the fence anymore, or hide. They either need to hand their whole lives over to God, or none of it at all.

    I see a cleansing of the church coming on–not in the form of physical persecution, but in the form of us being able to really see the fakes from the genuine believers by thier beliefs.

  6. I think the kids at Rebelution were right about the big picture, but mistaken in the details about David and Kara. I also read their blogs and the blogs of their friends, and I would not have characterized them as ‘on fire for Christ.’ I would have characterized them as emotion based, God as a vending machine in the sky, Jesus is my home-boy, it’s all about how God just wants me, me, me to be happy, happy, happy.

    I posted some thoughts about that and some links to stories with some of the disturbing indications that David, in particular, used religious talk to attract girls, over at the Rebelution.

  7. LOL, Tim, I didn’t see your comment about having fakes everywhere until just now- but yes, exactly what you said- there are a lot of fakes, some of whom are very good at using God-talk as the lingua franca of the day.
    Very astute observation there.

  8. I am very surprised that you say that we are all bad and are all capable of grabbing a gun and shooting anyone. I don’t think that is true at all. While there are some people who are clearly evil and others who are deranged, most people are good.

    I don’t think that home schooling can be blamed for such events but I also don’t think that those who are home schooled are any less likely to do such things than those who are not. It depends alot on who is doing the home schooling. There are those who are very much involved in the home schooling of their kids and others who are just not capable of it.

  9. One salient oversight said, “I don’t see how a Christian can murder another Christian.” This left me wondering, do you think that a Christian could murder a Jew or a Moslem or a Hindu or an atheist and still be a Christian? Do you really value Christian lives more than others.

    Maybe I read you wrong, but if that’s what you meant you make me sick.

  10. According to God’s Word, there is no one good. All have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God. But enough Bible verses…just take a look at God’s Ten Commandments and tell me that you haven’t broken at least one of them. According to God, we are all liars, theives, adulterers, and even murderers.

    But how can we all be murderers? Pretty simple. In the New Testament, Jesus tells us that if you hate your brother, you have committed murder in your heart – heavy stuff. It’s the same thing with lust – you don’t have to physically commit adultery, you just have to look with lust and you have sinned before a perfect, holy, and righteous God who is just and must punish sin. According to God, we all deserve hell – eternal punishment. But that’s not the end of the story.

    Now, for the answer to your question.

    Do you think that a Christian could murder a Jew or a Moslem or a Hindu or an atheist and still be a Christian? Do you really value Christian lives more than others.

    1. No, if done physically. But again, God calls us to a higher standard. He knows all of our thoughts…

    2. No, I do not value Christian lives any more than another life. They are all precious.

  11. Part of the scenario you are all missing is that Ludwig had killed many times before…..as a hunter he was familiar with killing and was raised in a household full of guns. David first slew the lion and the bear before killing the man Goliath in the old testament. Was this a sick, twisted acting out of Ludwig’s killing behavior- magnified to now include people? Having become accustomed to taking the life of a lesser creature, he now acted out on a larger stage. Just saying oh sure, we’re all sinners, we can all kill, is a poor response to this issue. In these New Testament times we must value the sanctity of all life. Of course I as a Christian value human beings above all, but teaching our children to kill those weaker than ourselves for sport is not a responsible thing for Christian parents to do. Life is a gift given by God, it is not to be treated lightly…………

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  1. The Rebelution - November 23, 2005

    Teens In The News: David Ludwig and Kara Borden

    Being homeschooled did not prevent this tragedy; growing up in a Christian environment did not prevent this tragedy; bearing many signs of true faith and an understanding of the Gospel did not prevent this tragedy; these are harsh, but necessary trut…

  2. Agent Tim Online » Blog Archive » Little Thoughts And Reminders - November 23, 2005

    [...] As I was reading the Rebelution today, I was thinking about their latest post. And as I sat their, I realized that no one can see the blog they were talking about. But actually, you can. Well, at least the front page. When you click on the links, you will understand my meaning. [...]

  3. Agent Tim Online » Blog Archive » Just Like College - December 2, 2005

    [...] That’s your weekly dose of good news (finally!). I’m somewhat tired of blogging on depressing, annoying, and just plain sad stories. But today is your day to run the blog…what’s on your mind? [...]

  4. Who Shot Homeschooling? » SmartHomeschool - December 22, 2005

    [...] In the past months, many discussions about the total depravity of man have come about from some of the shootings in the news. Homeschoolers such as David Ludwig and Kara Borden, and more recently, Patrick Armstrong remind us that we are all sinners, and that we must all depend on Christ to save us. [...]

  5. Agent Tim Online » Blog Archive » - January 17, 2006

    [...] David Ludwig killed his girlfriend’s parents. Patrick Armstrong killed his “friend,” who was a girl. And now, this 15-year-old gets himself killed because he’s depressed about a fight over a girl. That’s really warning number one when it comes to teens–watch out for the boy/girl relationship that can easily end up on the front page of Agent Tim Online. You really don’t want that to happen. [...]

  6. Agent Tim Online :: Culture And Theology--Hand In Hand - June 15, 2006

    [...] David Ludwig has now recieved that very sentence for killing his “girlfriend’s” father in mother in cold blood a few months ago. I covered this story closely. I pray that the report that Kara (the girlfriend), is now living with her siblings in another state and will be able to be given the chance to “ecapture her teenage years.” My heart goes out to all involved in this horrible event. Judge David Ashworth, at the close of the proceeding, told Ludwig that his “selfish” acts that day had destroyed not only two lives, but Ludwig’s own and those of the victims’ families, “and nothing you can do or say will ever change that.” [...]

  7. Agent Tim Online :: Culture And Theology--Hand In Hand - September 12, 2006

    [...] Last night I had the wildest thought and feeling – I felt sorry for a killer. I felt a need to pray for him, his family, those he affected, and most importantly for his soul. This killer was David Ludwig, my ever-popular example for teens gone bad. His actions, killing his 14-year-old girlfriend’s parents in cold blood, should have been punished by death, yet I believe he probably received a sentence far worse – a life sentence thinking about his crime and surviving prison life. [...]

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