Schadenfreude is a German term meaning gaining pleasure from the suffering of others.
My mind was taken back two years by an article in last month's issue of Premier Christianity magazine.
Our family was never liked in our street because we kept to ourselves, and that angered the criminal element in the street as we didn't mix with them.
It came as no surprise to me when we had a fire that the people in the street stood by laughing as we watched our house of over 25 years burn to a cinder.
Some people even used camera phones to video our tragedy.