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Connecticut Murder Case: Synopsis



The comments to the right were sent to the Connecticut Post at the end of August, 2006 in response to an awful story of mistaken revenge.  The link is inacessible to me now, so I have to provide the background for these comments, which is easy enough to do.  The comments themselves are exactly as they appeared in the online verrsion of the Conn Post.


A man, active in right to life and similar efforts, living in a small home in a modest lower middle class section of Bridgeport, Connecticut, hears over the phone from his wife that their two year old daughter has just told her that she was molested by the next-door neighbor, whereupon the father grabbed a knife, exited through his kitchen window and across the narrow alley into the home of the guy next door and stabbed and killed him.  

At the time of the killing the story got extensive media coverage, and stimulated a wave of respones.  

Later it was determined that it was all a trtagic mistake, and the killer is being tried for murder.

These respones hve been organized into two categories--rabid and thoughtful.  Read these comments carefully and decide if I have over simplified matters.

Recall the discussion of racism in class, and ask youself what the connection is between "racism" and the comments to the right.


Connecticut Murder Case: Selected Comments



Rabid


Put me down for 100.00$ for this guys defence. He was kind. In Texas they would have never found the body. I tored of all the nambepambe judges letting these monster room free. I tell my kids not to worry about whats on TV, worry about you neighbor! I don;t want to tramatize them but damn the world has just changed for the worst. Nothing new, its alwas been there, with media we haer more of it. You'd thing a good judge would use it to their advantage and really knock these type of creep down and lock them up and trow away the key. email me Jon, and Thanks Allen
Allen Winn | Email | Homepage | 08.31.06 - 12:09 pm | #

This father is hero. Hopefully, those of us who feel the same will continue to lobby the law makers to pass laws making any indecent contact with a child AND dealing in any way with kiddie-porn, a felony, carrying HEAVY jail sentences. The fact that this dad is an attorney and knows the watered-down, perp-favored laws, says volumes. He meted out justice, swiftly and fairly. God bless you, Mr. Edington!
c | Email | Homepage | 08.31.06 - 12:07 pm | #

About time someone takes the law in their own hands, So what did the FFLD PD do when they had the compliant about the perv standing naked in the window, FFLD PD get off your ASS and start working instead of worrying about traffic voilation.....

I hope i am a jurer for this trial, FREE FREE FREE
chris gallo | Email | Homepage | 08.31.06 - 12:06 pm | #

I've always thought I would do the same if any person harmed my son. Thank you Mr. Edington from fathers everywhere. I wish this happened everyday. Perverts would think twice.
Anton | Email | Homepage | 08.31.06 - 11:51 am | #

This man should be lift on the shoulders of every father in this country and given three cheers. What he did to his neighbor is nothing compared to what that little girl will have to live with. We should all rally to let our voices be heard and help this man out. He is no danger to anyone except the man who harmed his daughter and that is very well taken care of.
Chris | Email | Homepage | 08.31.06 - 11:44 am | #

Wow I was expecting to chime in with the exact comments expressed here. Earlier when the death was reported I said it was probably going to be over something silly since nothing was reported about the reason.
videophotog | Email | Homepage | 08.31.06 - 11:35 am | #

This guy should be given the key to the city. The only thing the guy did wrong was that he should have just gotten rid of the body so the tax paying people of conn. wouldn't have to pick up the bill for the trial. This is the way it should be done until the laws on sexual predation are corrected.
Joel | Email | Homepage | 08.31.06 - 11:07 am | #

I have heard many a father say that is exactly what they would do to any sick man who would dare....The tragedy is not that he killed a sick man the tragedy is what was done to that little girl and what their family will have to endure in the future.
Diane | Email | Homepage | 08.31.06 - 11:06 am | #

I hope he gets off and doesn't serve one day in jail because he got rid of a low life useless person a pediphile pig!
B | Email | Homepage | 08.31.06 - 9:34 am | #


Thoughtful


I heard the child was 2. Most 2 yearolds barely talk and most not capable of making up a story. How did the child tell the mother about this incident?
lisa | Email | Homepage | 08.31.06 - 1:31 pm | #

So many are making comments without knowing the facts. What really did happen?? Think about both families and how they are both feeling. In the USA we are supposed be to innocent until proven guilty. And does being convicted of driving under the influence make this an automatic assumption of guilt. Learn the facts before you judge............
Susan | Email | Homepage | 08.31.06 - 1:07 pm | #

I find it extremely disturbing that a man can be tried, convicted and executed without one shred of evidence, in the court of public madness and extremism.
Has our paranoia become so intesified that we are reasy to commit cold blooded murder merely on speculation and rumor?
The article stated: MacNamara said James did not have a criminal record and was not under "any investigation alleging inappropriate activity regarding children."

On May 1, 2001, James pleaded guilty in Superior Court to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and was sentenced to six months, suspended after two days, followed by 18 months probation. He was also fined $500.

If people think the above charges warrant the death penalty by stabbing, then the real danger to society are the majority of the posters here.
TL Myers | Email | Homepage | 08.31.06 - 12:59 pm | #

Im glad your all so quick to judge. Do you know the facts? To me something as important as molestation of a child should not been done by a phone call. Where was the parents when this 2 year old child was left alone? That just seems strange to me. people need to question that.
anonymous | Email | Homepage | 08.31.06 - 12:37 pm | #

I am an empty nest father of two, a daughter and a son. I too would have the urge to hunt down and exterminate anyone who hurt either of my children or my wife. Crimes against children are the very worst and are why these types of people have to be protected from other lawbreakers. Nevertheless, it seems strange to me that he would take the action he did based on a phone call and not speaking with his daughter himself. I would have got myself to my daughter's side first to talk to and comfort her and my wife. There were already hard feelings with this neighbor and the phone conversation after a long day at work was the spark. This man is no hero to me regardless of the evidence that may come.
Charlie | Email | Homepage | 08.31.06 - 12:19 pm | #

I am an empty nest father of two, a daughter and a son. I too would have the urge to hunt down and exterminate anyone who hurt either of my children or my wife. Crimes against children are the very worst and are why these types of people have to be protected from other lawbreakers. Nevertheless, it seems strange to me that he would take the action he did based on a phone call and not speaking with his daughter himself. I would have got myself to my daughter's side first to talk to and comfort her and my wife. There were already hard feelings with this neighbor and the phone conversation after a long day at work was the spark. This man is no hero to me regardless of the evidence that may come.
Charlie | Email | Homepage | 08.31.06 - 12:19 pm | #

I am a bit dismayed at the comments here. If this guy did molest the little girl then I have no problem with the father walking away. However, every comment so far has convicted this man of molestation on the word of a 2 year old, and the phone call of a wife. Did the 2 year old just come out and say this to her mother? Did her mother bring this revelation out of the child? We don't know, yet you are ready to convict a man that you do not even know. The police have not confirmed anything. How can anyone condone killing of another person based on rumor, and at this point that is all that it is.
Joe Duh | Email | Homepage | 08.31.06 - 12:15 pm | #

Being the mother of a murdered daughter, you might think I would approve of this but I dont..We have due process whether or not we think t he process is just or not..This man is innocent until proven guilty..A two year old child has to be questioned carefully..We cannot as a society take the law into our own hands..Change the laws pertaining to molestation, and violent crimes..Pay attention ,contact legislators because it could be you or someone you love one day..Put these people away, but do it in a legal manner.
gail addenbrooke | Email | Homepage | 08.31.06 - 12:10 pm | #