Thursday, August 17, 2006

"He was in love with the child"

The suspect speaks:
"I was with JonBenet when she died," John Mark Karr told reporters in Bangkok, visibly nervous and stuttering as he spoke. "Her death was an accident."

The cops speak:
Lt. Gen. Suwat Tumrongsiskul said U.S. authorities informed Thai police on Aug. 11 that an arrest warrant had been issued for Karr on charges of premeditated murder. The warrant was sent to Thai police on Wednesday.
At the press conference, Suwat said Karr insisted after his arrest that his crime was not first-degree murder. "He said it was second- degree murder. He said it was unintentional. He said he was in love with the child. She was a pageant queen," Suwat said.

AllahPundit says the guy may be crazy:
He’s ... obsessed with her case (and Polly Klaas’s), having allegedly studied it well enough to have been encouraged to write a book about it — and, perhaps, fake a confession capable of fooling police. ...

His family says he couldn't have done it.

RWV says:

Whatever the case, this is not your average dime store pedophile. The guy's a total wack job.

Unintentional humor, Dan? "Yeah, he's not one of those sane, sober, responsible pedophiles -- this guy's crazy!"

As far as the "accidental" death claimed by the guy: If he did kill JonBenet, it is certainly a lie that it her death was "accidental."

Why do child-killers kill? If, as the policeman said, John Mark Karr "was in love with the child," why would he kill her?

Most likely: He molested her and, to avoid apprehension, he then decided to eliminate the witness.

The obsessive pedophile lives inside a sexual fantasy world, in which the child actually welcomes and reciprocates his interest. And in that fantasy world, the child doesn't struggle, doesn't scream, doesn't resist. So when, after much scheming, the pedophile finally finds himself in a position to act on his obsession, the screaming, struggling victim -- by her resistance -- becomes an obstacle to the fulfillment of the fantasy. Preferring fantasy to reality, he destroys the reality: He kills the child.

Such a murder also ensures that there will be no witness to accuse him. And that makes it a death-penalty case: A killing committed to abet another felony is first-degree murder. Otherwise, every armed robber would kill his victims, rather than leave them alive as potential witnesses.


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