pandora wrote:pedophiles generally truly believe they are showing love... they worship children.
You're wrong here. Pedophiles know what they are doing is wrong, and the go through an emotional, behavioral, and mental process to make it okay. You saying 'they believe they are showing love' is a reflection on their manipulation of others and their m.o. of grooming victims. To believe it creates an environment that perpetuates the offending behavior. Even after they are caught, they will use this as a defense because they may actually think it, but that's not what's happening underneath this thinking. This is a defense in order to hopefully gain some sympathy or lower consequences, but also an attempt to reduce their own guilt.
My guess is the ones that kill themselves after (or before) they are caught weren't so successful in convincing themselves that they were 'showing love'. Sandusky is probably in this way so deep due to his age and most likely because he been a sex offender for a long time. He's even is going to take the stand after saying he's sexually attracted to children.