Saturday, September 24, 2011

Living Among the Outcasts; a Shattered Family

Original Article

09/24/2011

By SAM SACKS

Russell Banks is a chronicler of American untouchables. In his 17 works of fiction he has depicted illegal immigrants, trailer-park dwellers, drug addicts and runaways. His brilliant new novel, "Lost Memory of Skin" (Ecco, 416 pages, $25.99), is about a homeless colony of convicted sex offenders living on the south Florida coastline. It may be his boldest imaginative leap yet into the invisible margins of society.

The novel tells the story of a 22-year-old called only the Kid who has been found guilty of soliciting sex from a minor. At one point, the Kid reflects on how deeply his anonymity ran even before he was caught for the crime and expelled from society: "He was no more or less than what he seemed to be—a fatherless white kid who graduated high school without ever passing a single test or turning in a single paper, a kid who could barely read and write or do math beyond the simplest level of arithmetic, who was hooked for years and maybe still hooked on porn . . . and never had a girlfriend or a best friend and belonged to no one's posse."

The racing run-ons of the Kid's inner monologue make "Lost Memory of Skin" read like a continuation of Mr. Banks's scarily exhilarating 1995 coming-of-age classic "Rule of the Bone," about a homeless boy's odyssey among biker gangs and drug traffickers. But the two novels are better thought of as opposite sides of a coin. The narrator of "Rule of the Bone" is a 14-year-old victim of sexual abuse; the Kid has been busted after showing up at a house where he expected to have sex with a 14-year-old girl he met in an Internet chat room. The girl turned out to be a police officer.

The Kid's punishment, after a short jail sentence, is a 10-year probation period during which he must wear a tracking monitor and isn't allowed to live within 2,500 feet of any place children regularly gather. Because he also can't leave the county, there is effectively only one place he can go: a rat-infested strip of land beneath a causeway where other sex offenders have erected a shantytown. Mr. Banks is superb at individualizing these "Bridge People," as they're called, who range from public flashers to child rapists. (The creepiest is a former state senator nicknamed the Shyster, who talks about his pedophilia with unnerving sangfroid.)

Even in this clan, though, the Kid is an outsider. He's a sex offender but also, uniquely, a virgin (the one time he ventured beyond pornography he was arrested). He's guilty of a heinous offense, but his status as a pariah gives him a striking purity of vision—since the scarlet letter of his crime is visible in his ankle monitor or in online registries, he has no secrets or hidden shames to cover up. Mr. Banks introduces the novel's richest motif when the Kid reads the Adam and Eve story from the state senator's Bible. His first reaction is to wonder whether "the whole tree of knowledge of good and evil thing was set up by God as a kind of prehistoric sex-sting with the snake as the decoy." He himself is abjectly fallen, yet he retains a strange prelapsarian innocence and honesty.

The story is driven by the appearance of a social scientist called the Professor, who is himself a social outsider because of his intelligence—he is reputed to be the smartest man in the county—and his extreme obesity (he weighs nearly a quarter-ton). When the Professor waddles down to the encampment, the Kid is put in mind of "God stopping by to visit the Garden of Eden." The Professor wants to interview the Kid and help him turn the camp into an orderly, habitable society, and there is a threat early on that Mr. Banks will use the social scientist as a megaphone for his own theories about the causes of sex crimes. But this novel offers few lectures. It turns out that the Professor has a secret past—unlike the Kid's entirely exposed history—that becomes integral to the well-paced plot.

"Lost Memory of Skin" is a haunting book, made so by the fraught, enigmatic relationship of the Professor and the Kid. The contradictions that seem to split the Kid—his obsession with sex but innocence of it, for instance—are never resolved. Mr. Banks in not an apologist, only an observer; he has brought the novelist's magnifying glass to bear on figures we otherwise try hard not to notice.

Charles Frazier's "Nightwoods" (Random House, 259 pages, $26) is the first of his novels—after the historical epics "Cold Mountain" and "Thirteen Moons"—to take place in the 20th century. Set in the "vertical country" of small-town North Carolina in the 1960s, it's a simpler affair that borrows the conventions of a romantic crime novel. When Lily, a young mother of twins, is murdered by her husband, the traumatized children are given shelter by her sister, Luce, at the remote mountain lodge where she is the caretaker. But then the husband, Bud, is freed when his murder trial ends with a hung jury. He sets out to track down the children, intending to extract a secret from them that their mother took to her grave.

But just because the story is simple doesn't mean that Mr. Frazier has abandoned the grandiose, needlessly wordy style that helped make him a millionaire. Why write simply that neither child could speak, or describe a character as yelling angrily, when saying that "neither child displayed language" and someone is "yelling proclamations of anger" sounds so much more literary? The empty swagger of the writing, along with Bud's portentous philosophizing ("Blood mattered above all else, the sacred shedding of it"), is all there is to tide the reader over for hundreds of pages before the promised showdown between Bud and Luce. "Bud's patience had a fuse," we're told—about 50 pages past the point where ours had fizzled out.


UK - Gang attack paedophile

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Notice how this "reporter" just glosses over the vigilantes attacking the man? They should all be brought up on charges for assault!

09/24/2011

Vigilantes took their revenge on a paedophile who preyed on girls as young as eight, a Doncaster court heard.

Sexual predator [name withheld] suffered rough justice at the hands of a gang of men who beat him up to the point he needed hospital treatment after some of his victims finally spoke up.

[name withheld], a father of three girls now in their teens, pleaded guilty to six charges of sexual assault on girls under 13, who were aged from eight to 11. The offences, which he admitted, went on until 2009.

Lisa Roberts, defending, said feelings ran high when the offences came to light and said events culminated in him being attacked by a group of six men.

She said: “His van was smashed up and he was hospitalised as a direct result of his offending."
- He was hospitalized due to vigilantes thugs.

He has lost an awful lot, his wife, his children, and he deeply regrets his behaviour and actions.”

Judge Jacqueline Davies, sentencing [name withheld] to four-and-a-half years in jail with an extended period of four years on licence, said he posed a significant risk to the public of serious physical or emotional injury if he committed further offences.

The judge told the 44-year-old: “Your new offences began only a short time after a conviction in February 2004 and show an emerging pattern of behaviour.”

Nicola Peers, prosecuting, told the court one of the girls sexually assaulted by [name withheld] said she ‘felt sick because it felt so creepy’.

Some of the girls told their mothers but they decided not to tell the authorities for the sake of their children.

But the facts emerged and he was reported to police.

He initially denied the allegations and said the girls were making them up - but pleaded guilty when the case reached Doncaster Crown Court.

Miss Peers said [name withheld] initially was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register in 2004 when he was convicted of inciting a 10-year-old girl to commit an act of gross indecency at a market stall.

The girls’ parents were shocked to hear the railway supervisor was already on the Register for a previous offence when he started committing the sexual assaults at his home on Daw Lane, Bentley, in 2004.

After the hearing, one father of [name withheld]’s victims criticised the sentence as too short.

He said: “Four and a half years is nothing - I’m disgusted. The sentence is not long enough for what he did."

The feeling in the community is very strong, and I think he should have been put away for 10 years.”


AL - Marshall County woman in land dispute with sex offender

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09/23/2011

By Stephen McLamb

GRANT (WAFF) - There is a land dispute in Marshall County between a woman and a convicted sex offender.

He has allegedly moved onto the woman's property without permission.

That's at 588 Newport highway just outside of grant, the property owner told us she's working to get him off her land.

The man was living next door but was picked up in a roundup last month when it was discovered a child was living there.

He then created a residence next door and law enforcement says they cannot do anything about property line disputes.

"That's definitely an issue when you have little girls running around. I mean, you worry about the children," said Karla Hardin, who says the man is on her property.

Hardin said she always worries about sex offenders living near her but she never believed it would be on her own property.

"So he lives in a shed running a power cord from his shed to his wife's single wide," said Hardin.

Sheriff's officials confirmed to WAFF 48 news that [name withheld] was picked up in a recent roundup when it was determined he was living in a mobile home with a child.

But after he made bond, Hardin says he put up a shed she said is 30 feet on her property, so she sought law enforcement to have him removed.

"I went to the courthouse and I've been told to go to civil court over this because it's a property line issue," said Hardin.

Despite having a survey done Wednesday and the property line marked between the structure and his former residence, Hardin says he hasn't left.

For now Hardin told us all she can do is warn the public about who is living on her property with a sign, but she says even that caused trouble.

"Police were out here last night and they left and my sign is still hanging," said Hardin.

Southers said the deeds were messed up years ago and that he's on his own property.

Hardin says she will have to spend her money for civil court to get him off of her property.


PA - Supervisors to consider repealing sex offender residency restrictions

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09/23/2011

By Joan Hellyer

The Falls supervisors have begun laying the groundwork to repeal the township's sex offender ordinance.

The supervisors voted last week to advertise the repeal of Chapter 193 - Sex Offender Residency Restrictions. They are expected to vote on the repeal in October.

The ordinance was adopted about six years ago. It restricts convicted sex offenders from residing or living "within 2,500 feet of any school, park, amusement park, skate park, roller rink, arcade, skating rink, athletic fields, movie theater, playground or child day-care facility" in the township.

Similar restrictions in an Allegheny County ordinance were declared invalid by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in May because they could amount to creating "localized penal colonies" for sex offenders.

Falls is among a handful of local municipalities that have or will consider repealing their respective ordinance in response to the state court ruling.

"It's an issue of pre-emption," Michael P. Clarke, the Falls supervisors' solicitor, said last week.

"The monitoring of sex offenders is pre-empted by state law," he said, because the issue has to be handled at the state level.

Towns would risk facing legal challenges if they continue to enforce their own local ordinances now that the state court ruling has been handed down, Clarke said.

"It goes way beyond lawsuits. Police who try to enforce the ordinance could lose their livelihoods, too," the solicitor said.

Township authorities have never enforced the ordinance since it was enacted six years ago, Clarke said. Those responsibilities were left to state probation officers, he said.

In addition to the Falls supervisors, the Newtown Township supervisors also are expected to consider repealing their municipality's sex offender residency restriction ordinance in October.

The Doylestown Township supervisors voted to repeal their ordinance in August.


FL - Vigilante Barbara Farris Plans For Nazi Style Sex Offender Village In Sorrento Florida

Barbara Farris (Right)
Original Article

Vigilante Barbara never stops! She's been harassing ex-offenders for years now. Now she wants to start a Nazi style concentration camp? I think she's doing this for publicity myself. She saw the money that could be made from people exploiting their child's death, like John Walsh, Mark Lunsford, etc. Every site she has started, has eventually vanished, and she said she was going to have a reality show soon, so is this her stunt to get recognition? I think so. If you visit her web site "projecth4o.com", she claims she will evaluate the offenders, categorize them, etc. Who the hell does she think she is? She is NOT an expert, so what gives her the right to do this?

09/23/2011

Her Many Web Sites, which tend to die quickly!

Read This First:

Facebook Protest Pages:
On the last protest page above, another lady, Judy Cornett, who has also harassed ex-offenders in the past, is joining the cause to fight Barbara Farris? Wow, thought I'd never see the day! See snapshots below. You can see some videos of Judy, here.


Update: (New stories added to the bottom)

SORRENTO - A Tampa woman is planning to open a village within a Lake County town that would house sex offenders and predators--perhaps hundreds or thousands of them.

Barbara Farris (Videos of Her) said the town of Sorrento is a great place to re-locate registered offenders because of its distance from the hustle and bustle of places like Orlando.
- Did you tell the folks in Sorrento about your plan?

Barbara's Home?
"[It's] far enough from civilization from where they're not around parks and kids," Farris said. "They're not going to be surrounded or have temptations."

Farris recently started a company called SOS, which is short for Sex Offender Solutions. It provides registered offenders with housing, transportation, jobs and counseling.
- Oh, now she is stealing the name of SOSEN (Sex Offender Solutions and Education Network), and possibly Randy Young's site. I wonder if SOSEN can sue her for copyright issues? I guess the "Bee Aware" and her "reality show" didn't work out?
- Like most other things she starts, the video is now private and hidden from view.

When asked if the idea of a town for sex offenders could actually happen, Farris said she thinks it could.

"It's absolutely realistic," Farris said. "We've joined on with some people making it very realistic for us."

But many people in Sorrento didn’t agree.

"She might have a big fight on her hands if this happens," one resident said.

Gregg Welstead, Director of the Lake County Conservation and Compliance Department, said the county does not have any specific rules related to this.

But the county relies on and follows the guidelines set in state statute with regard to distances that sex offenders can live from schools, parks and playgrounds, he said in a statement.

He also said there could be zoning issues or density considerations that might require a public hearing.

Farris said she has plans to open other housing villages in South Florida and California.

"The goal is to prevent another abduction, death or abuse," she said.
- Really? I think it's free publicity myself! And even if it wasn't, your Nazistic plan would not prevent another crime either.


"The Village" description:
This is a short documentary for one of my film classes. Barbara Farris is trying to move along her plans to build a 'Sex Offender Village' in Lake County, Florida only to be blockaded by the locals. Activism is still running rampant.

The Village:


Ms. Farris is "Insane in the brain!"


DC - Sex Offender has been arrested for farting on kids in public!

Original Article

09/23/2011

By Joe Poot

WASHINGTON - A mother and her two young kids were shopping at Walsmart, when they said a man approached them and started farting on her kids. The mother said "Sickos like that man, should be locked up for life!"

She immediately called the police and contacted the local store manager, but she could no longer locate the man in question.

The continued to search for the suspect until police arrived.


When the police arrived, they had a hard time finding him. Eventually they found him in the bathroom farting to Christmas tunes.


Anus McRunny was arrested and taken to jail. If convicted, he could face 20 years in prison for violating his orders to stay away from kids, and not to fart on anyone.

He was later released on a $1 million dollar bail.