Letter to the Editor
Surprisingly, last week I received a letter in my mailbox from Chelsea King’s and Amber Dubois’ killer, John Gardner. I initially wrote him many months ago to ask him to explain how he morphed into a habitual killer.
This is Sam Marrs from Hulbert,okla.I am writing this for my Grandson Coty Marrs.
In April of 2007 he ran afoul of the Adam Walsh Act,. an act written by a confessed sex addict and a US senator who courts little boys. How can they make laws for our children when no one would want them around their children?
My grandson Cody was at an all-night birthday party for one of his sisters friends when he was 18 years old. According to people at the party, an older woman bought liquor for the attendee’s, including my grandson, and he became intoxicated, so a few folks put him in one of the bedrooms to sleep it off. A young lady, age 14, who was being frisky followed him into the room and Cody and the girl admit things went a little too far and they had consensual relations. We do not condone the behaviors of our grandson, nor the others, however we do understand Cody and this young lady shared in consensual relations and there was no force or violence. Basically, two dumb kids being irresponsible but does this make one a monster?
A few days later, a female Sheriff’s Investigator came to our home and just walked in, without knocking. My wife, Cody’s Grandmother, had to ask her twice who she was before she told her. The Investigator said she just wanted to ask my grandson some questions.
My wife asked this woman, 3 times if Cody needed an attorney, and the Investigator responded, “No, I just want to ask him some questions.” She took Cody into the kitchen, where no one else was allowed while questioning our grandson and had him sign a confession she wrote out, that he had sex with this young lady from the party. After signing the confession, she placed Cody under arrest without reading him his Miranda Rights and led him out of our kitchen. My wife was aghast and mentioned that she, (the officer) told her that Cody did not need an attorney. This woman Investigator just grinned and said, “he doesn’t, he just confessed,” and then proceeded to take our grandson to the local jail where he was booked.
The next day the girl involved sent an email to the girl who had the birthday party. It stated that my grandson had not seduced her and she was sorry for causing trouble. Her email name was “punkass rocker”.
I took a copy of this email to the district attorney in hopes he wouldn’t file charges since the girl, nor her mother, wanted to press charges against Cody. I was informed by the District Attorney that it was up to the state to file charges, and he did.
Approach Provides Proven, Cost-Effective Pathway to Public Safety
Boston, MA, August 12, 2010
Recently, my son Ricky, his wife and I appeared on the John Stossel show airing on Fox Business News regarding sex laws.
We flew to New York City with high hopes that we were going to be given a chance to educate America’s youths and their families. Daily we are contacted by parents who are horrified that their son or daughter is facing a life as a registered sex offender over consensual relationships.
Ex-Prosecutor Wendy Murphy, a “Victim Advocate,” was there to discuss why we need these laws. We sat in the green room listening to her and were insulted by her blatant ignorance of this issue. She protested to Stossel himself that these cases are “rare,” referring to the Frank Rodriguez case from Texas. He had consensual sex with his girlfriend Nikki who was 15. Now they are married with four children. Nonetheless, Frank is now a lifetime Registered Sex Offender under Texas law.
Obviously, we know of the Romeo cases as we hear more and more of these youth’s tragedies across this country and how they are destroying their lives with a never-ending punishment. Examples of some of these incredible tragedies would be young Brandon who at 17 had consensual sex with a young lady. She lied about her age and now he is serving a sixty year sentence in a Texas penitentiary. Then, there’s X. At 19 had consensual sex with his 16 year old girlfriend and served prison time. Now, he is required by law to register for ten years, or until a new retroactive law passes and he is forced to register for life. Cody was 18 when he met a young lady at a party and had consensual sex. She was 14. Now Cody is facing ten years for Failure to Register, as the Assistant District Attorney wants to make an example out of this kid. He will simply be one more of thousands in the Bureau of Prisons. Meet Billy who at 18 had consensual sex with his then 13 year old girlfriend and now, under California law, he is a registered sex offender for life.
These stories are merely a just a few of the thousands. Now, not just the consensual relationships, but sexting and internet solicitation rear their ugly heads as crimes worthy of registration, amongst this generation.
So where was the discussion on prevention and education for the thousands of parents watching the Fox Business Channel?
Yes, Stossel had a map with a color scheme regarding your state’s Age of Consent laws. It was colorful and bright, but was it informative? Did it cover what happens if you do not meet your state age of consent? What does Age of Consent mean legally? What are the consequences for violating this law? What does it mean to be a Registered Sex Offender? What are the facts regarding recidivism, treatment and risk based assessments?
At one time, America was simply an idea. People escaping the oppression of England were heading to a new life in a new world. The “idea” was freedom and equality. Later on, along those same lines of thinking a constitution…
What is it about some people? Why do they decide that it is their place to step in and control a situation? Some even going to the point of harassing or becoming violent in the name of what is right. It is not right.
Vigilantism. It’s an age old problem. Vigilantes see themselves as upholding the laws, since law enforcement has not. The problem is, they go beyond the law and most of the time end up breaking the law. Then, when caught they stand up for each other. However, when they break the law, they are the criminals.
Rather than being law abiding citizens and allowing the system to work, they hinder law enforcement in doing their job, which is to protect citizens, all citizens. Vigilantes consider themselves as above the law and in effect thumb their noses at laws they disagree with. Or worse, they feel they can do a better job. In the process the recruit others and soon there is a whole group of dangerous, unstable vigilantes acting on their own as law enforcers. At the very least they stir up paranoia and evoke fear and hatred. And occasionally their actions lead to beatings and murder.
One vigilante has found herself on the wrong side of the law. After harassing registered former offenders in a trailer park in Florida, Barbara Farris, the president of a group known as the Bee Squad, which tracks sex offenders in central Florida has been arrested on a warrant from Alabama. The charge, menacing.
It would seem that this person is the most dangerous in the area, not the RFSO’s who are monitored by the state. This should be a warning for vigilantes everywhere, let law enforcement do their job and worry about your own families.
“There is an old saying the one that screams loudest about someone else has the most to hide.”