I began reading A Human Being Died That Night by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela thinking that I would, obviously side with Madikizela and her beliefs as she was on the side of those wronged, but after the first sixty pages, I found myself often mentally warring with her beliefs and views regarding de Kock. When Madikizela revealed that she herself believed that de Kock should be released, I was very surprised and quite sad. Even though she herself was appalled thorough the novel at de Kock's blatant killings she still searched for the good. When asked by Eugene why she interviewed him and wanted to hear his story, she said "I was intrigued". (65) The novel started off purely factual before Gobodo-Madikizela's tangent into the psyche of a political serial killer, but as soon as she began to ask more and more about him, the more Gobodo-Madikizela pressed for him to feel repentant and guilty about his wrongdoings. Gobodo-Madikizela focuses the entire book on forgiveness, a quality that which she gives freely, but in this case, I believe the forgiveness and release that were to potentially come with it should be permanently deferred. When de Kock tells his version regarding the killings of black policemen, and others who opposed the National Party, he does his best to soften the blow with his morals. He states " I made it very clear verbally…and in virtually every operation, you don't, you don't harm children".(24) With all of the deaths that Eugene de Kock caused during the final four years of apartheid, he has only publicly apologized for four of those, the fourth, being this February. in 1991, Eugene de Kock killed a black lawyer, Bheki Mlangeni, and was unrepentant regarding the murder until his application for parole. Many prisoners who go up for parole in the United States Legal System are not eligible for parole until they are truly repentant and have gone through the proper channels regarding the families of those who they hurt. De Kock has been forgiven by one of one hundred twelve families of his victims. Until a majority of families have given their forgiveness and Eugene de Kock truly feels remorse, not a need for manipulation, he should not be granted parole and his freedom.