Friday, September 18, 2009

Even more misogynist and racist stupidity by the media on the abduction, rape, and murder of women by white men

Dr Gary Martin, director of operations for Marshall Medical Center's pathology department, said Le was the best student he'd ever had as a volunteer. She was "a little stick of dynamite," he said. "She was smart, she was vivacious, always cheery, a ton of energy."
And heterosexual men say they only wanna kill the st*pid b*tches and d*mb h*s. Guess not. They'll apparently just as easily murder a woman of color who was smart, cheery, a ton of energy, like a little stick of dynamite. It's too bad she didn't have a little stick of dynamite to shove into her murderer's body before getting away alive. Perhaps that's what those who are systematically targeted for men's violence need now, in addition to pepper spray, a model mugging course, and car keys poised between the fingers.

The case of alleged kidnapper Phillip Garrido and the murder of Annie Le are linked through a Californian town

By Charles Laurence


El Dorado County has not been much in the headlines since the heady days of the California Gold Rush. But the county that stretches east from Sacramento, the state capital, to the Sierra mountains, currently finds itself at the centre of two of the hottest crime stories in America.

In a bizarre twist of fate, the abduction by Phillip Garrido of Jaycee Lee Dugard and the murder of graduate student Annie Le at Yale University, both making headlines in the United States, are linked through El Dorado County and its county capital, Placerville, situated in the densely wooded foothills of the Sierras.

Garrido (above), dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit, appeared before a judge at the El Dorado County court in Placerville on Monday, to have his bail set at a stunning $30m. The judge called for psychological evaluation and announced that his next court appearance will be on October 29, when a date will be set for Phillip and Nancy Garrido's preliminary hearing.

At a press conference afterwards, District Attorney Vern Pierson said it was likely Jaycee Lee Dugard would appear to testify against the man who is alleged to have abducted her, raped her and imprisoned her for 18 years in the backyard of his Californian home. Pierson said it was a constitutional requirement that a defendant has the chance to face in court the key witness to their alleged crime.

Placerville is only 60 miles from South Lake Tahoe City - El Dorado County's only other city - where Jaycee was famously snatched in 1991 as she walked to school. Not only are the Garridos alleged to have held her captive in their backyard in Antioch - a neighbourhood south of Sacramento, on the edge of the San Francisco Bay area - but Garrido is known to have fathered two girls by her. Hence the rape charges.

There is no confirmation yet as to whether Garrido might face further charges concerning other disappearances and deaths in California in the intervening years.

On the same day that Garrido faced the judge in Placerville, police in New Haven, Connecticut, confirmed that the body found on Sunday hidden in a basement cable duct in Yale University's medical building was that of 24-year-old Annie Le, who came to the Ivy League university from El Dorado County.

She volunteered at the Marshall Medical Center in Placerville after graduating from the Union Mine High School in El Dorado town, five miles down Highway 50.

Annie Le's death has gripped the public imagination, partly because her body was found on Sunday on the night she should have been marrying her fiancé, a Columbia University graduate called Jonathan Widawsky.

Police in New Haven, where crime-ridden ghettos surround the leafy Yale campus, have so far offered no clues as to Le's killer. On Monday they denied that they had any suspects or "persons of
interest", as had been reported. They had found clothes hidden in a drop-ceiling near Le's body, but they were not the clothes Le was wearing as she entered the building on September 8, filmed by a security camera.

Officer Joe Avery added that "we are not looking at it [the murder]
as a random act".

Anyone going into the laboratory building where Le, a graduate medical student, was murdered would have to have security clearance and passes. "Only Yalies had access to that basement," said Thomas Kaplan, editor of the Yale Daily News, "and that seems to point to someone in our community being involved in this."

Back in Placerville, locals were remembering the 4ft 11in girl who clearly made an impact. Dr Gary Martin, director of operations for Marshall Medical Center's pathology department, said Le was the best student he'd ever had as a volunteer. She was "a little stick of dynamite," he said. "She was smart, she was vivacious, always cheery, a ton of energy."

Her class yearbook from 2003 - the year she graduated from Union Mine - showed that she was voted the female student "most likely to be the next Einstein". We do not yet know what Phillip Garrido's classmates might have said in his yearbook.


Or, maybe the two cases are linked by the necessary violence against women needed to maintain white male supremacy. Ya think? -- Julian


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