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Just out of curiosity . . .

Just out of curiosity . . . how many of you have seen a news report about this:

Megan Williams tortured and raped by six people for at least a week

It happened several weeks ago, and the first I heard about it was today, on Facebook (of all places). Is it really not getting media coverage? Or did I just miss it somehow. In any case, it's disgusting and heartbreaking and infuriating and . . . well, just read it, if you hadn't already heard, okay? I do not want to live in a world that allows things like this to happen. Of course, it's just one small example of the myriad horrible things people do to one another in this world. Yeah, I know there are wars going on right now, too. Somehow, it needs to change. I wish I had an answer as to how to do that, but right now, I just feel like crying. Also, I must admit to being a bit curious as to why the media thinks OJ Simpson and Michael Vicks are more newsworthy.

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heidi8
Sep. 27th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
It is such a horrible story - but it has been getting press coverage. I read about it in the NY Times and iirc our local paper too.
zinaya
Sep. 27th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
This is the first I've heard of it but I haven't been watching the news closely this week. This does bring up a personal pet peeve of mine though; if someone is tortured and raped, regardless of the races involved, I'd call it an effin' hate crime. If calling it a hate crime helps put those people away longer then fine, but I still think punishment in torture and rape cases should be stricter in general.
here_be_dragons
Sep. 27th, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, I would completely agree with that. I'm not sure how they do define "hate" crime, but it seems to me that anything not motivated by some other factor (e.g., theft or a personal vendetta or something like that), should qualify. Rape, especially, since so many people STILL insist on blaming the victim; maybe stricter sentences might actually help combat that. Or at least give would-be-rapists a chance to think twice.
synergy
Sep. 27th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
Williams rape
I'm not sure if it's just my browser or if it's the way you wrote the link to that story, but when I was looking at it on my f-list, it linked to my LJ's main page. Now when I'm in the make-a-comment window the link points to your LJ's main page. Very strange. Would you give me the link without the html?
here_be_dragons
Sep. 27th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Williams rape
Heh. No, the reason the link didn't work for you is that I formatted it incorrectly. *facepalm* It's fixed now, but here's the link for you anyway:

http://blackandmissing.blogspot.com/2007/09/megan-williams-tortured-by-6-people-for.html

Thanks! :)
synergy
Sep. 27th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)
Nevermind, found it
Oooh right. There were some stories about this on the news I think sometime last week. I remembered as soon as I saw the pictures of the two people, the man and the woman. I'm sorry, but here's where I make the oft-said generalization about WV: just looking at them seems they're white trash inbreeding from WV. I remember seeing the report that morning with the reporter walking in front of the ramshackle mobile home on the side of some hill or mountain. I was surprised there weren't skinny, sickly dogs wandering out from under the mobile home, it was so stereotypical.

Considering all the crap these group of people have done, I'm not surprised, but still disgusted, at the the things they did to that poor woman. I question, though, what had her consorting with that trash in the first place if indeed she had had a relationship with the guy. I find that bit hard to believe, though, if it's true that the guy said what she claims of something like "that's what we do to niggers around here." You'd think he wouldn't "lower" himself to doing anything with a non-white much less having a relationship with her. *rme*
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synergy
Sep. 27th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
WV family
Now that I'm reading more about these crazies, it just makes it look more and more stereotypical. I'm on the fence on whether this should be a hate crime. I'm leaning towards it not being a hate crime because of their previous history. They've been in jail before and have killed and maimed before and it wasn't just targetting certain people. The guy killed his step-father - when he was 12! Clearly there's a history, and a family history at that, of mental imbalance, period.
gwendolyngrace
Sep. 27th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I saw something about it in the NYT and I think maybe someone on my flist posted about it recently, I may have even heard a tiny item about it on NPR, but that could be me hallucinating again.

It's just sick and horrifying and makes me totally want to come up with whole new penal code systems just to make sure these people are removed from society and made useful rather than destructive. Though I guess if I can figure out how to do that and not create a whole lot of new problems, there's a Nobel prize with my name on it.
moon_fox
Sep. 27th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
I read about it right after they recovered her, I think, on MSN. Horrible. :\ I haven't heard a lot of ongoing coverage, though, other than the "should we seek hate crime charges" debate. (I actually heard that the reason they weren't going to at first was that they could seek stricter sentencing outside of it, which says a lot about what's considered a hate crime in this country, but that's another rant...)
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angelamermaid
Sep. 27th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
I read about it on CNN.com when she was rescued, and they reported updates for at least a couple of days after, as the disgusting pieces of shit were charged, and her mother spoke out. (And bravo for speaking out about this crime).

Between them posting news of that story, and this one, I am encouraged to see more attention being paid to women who aren't Caucasian.
amberlee17
Sep. 28th, 2007 03:54 am (UTC)
Oh bother. I missed this news report the first time around, although my DM mentioned it briefly about a week ago. When I didn't see anything about it, I'd hoped she'd misread the news.

Poor woman. Totally weird, spooky family.
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