We Are Fam-i-Lee…..

rockwell_paintingFrom the Sunday papers, here’s a pair of heart-warming stories about families and family values, those bedrock intuitive principles that political and cultural leaders advocate for us unenlightened citizen sinners.

The Wacko from Waco

Houston, TX    The mother of infamous Branch Davidian sect leader David Koresh has been stabbed to death, and Koresh’s aunt was in custody on a murder charge Saturday.

Bonnie Clark Halderman, 60, was found Friday afternoon at the home of her sister, Beverly Clark, in a rural area near Chandler, Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt said. Chandler is about 175 miles (282 kilometers) north of Houston.  Halderman wrote a 2007 autobiography, “Memories of the Branch Davidians: The Autobiography of David Koresh’s Mother,” that described how her son, Vernon Howell, became David Koresh, leader of the Branch Davidian cult.

“It’s still under investigation, and we really don’t know what the motive was or what caused this to happen,” Nutt said Saturday.  MSNBC

Aah, Sisterhood.

Maybe she was training for that new sport, Extreme Lit Crit.  Or maybe complete wackiness (complete with violent tendencies) runs in the family bloodlines.  Or maybe she wants her own book contract and 15 minutes of fame.  Fine.  At least this time no innocent kids were broiled  alive, and we don’t need to endure another look at or performance by Attorney General Jack Reno

Dad, The Keyboard is Sticky

Collier County, FL – Deputies have arrested a Hendry County corrections officer for possession of child pornography. The officer reportedly had child porn pictures on his computer.  George Easterly, 49, now faces 10 counts of possession of child pornography.

According to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, last month Easterly asked his son to fix his computer. The son found the images that appeared to be child pornography and reported it to the sheriff’s office. Deputies searched his home and took his computer. Forensics revealed 10 pictures of children between the ages of 10 and 17 in various sexual acts. —  WINKnews.com

No, I didn’t invent the “Wink News” name.

I can’t find a whole lot more about this story, so I don’t know how it unfolds.  But I find troubling the fact that the kid, who obviously enjoyed the trust of his father, calls the cops. Is this his first move and best instinct?

Yeah, it’s our responsibility as citizens  to report crimes when we spot them.  And child porn is mighty repulsive, as well as potentially dangerous.  But shouldn’t the kid try confronting his father first, getting some sort of explanation and maybe a promise for subsequent remedial action short of arrest and certain ruination?  It’s his father, ferchrissake.  Not his scoutmaster, gym teacher, YMCA trainer, or jolly old family parson.

Looking at kiddie porn doesn’t hurt anybody.  Creating it does, and if the experts are to be believed, consumers of the vile product are its most likely practitioners.  So it’s bad stuff.  Period!

But that noted, doesn’t the son have some sense of loyalty, concern, and even love for his father that dictates handling this privately before dropping a dime?  “WTF, Dad?  You need to delete this crap now and find help tomorrow morning!  You KNOW this shit gets people into trouble — DO something!  Save yourself and the ones like me who love you!”

Oh, what the hell.  Maybe he should’ve just stabbed the old pervert like Auntie Koresh.  That’s what families are for.

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17 Responses to We Are Fam-i-Lee…..

  1. Ms Calabaza says:

    Your stories this morning make me want to go out and rent some Ozzie & Harriet dvds . . . sheesh!

  2. Ortho Stice says:

    The section of 1984, where Winston Smith meets a guy in prison whose son turned him in. “Shows I brought hum up right,” says the guy. Loser. Failure. Lemming.

  3. Lazlo Toth says:

    I can’t imagine what I’d do if I found child porn on my father’s computer. Might be that turning him in was the only way the kid could deal with it. In any case, it’s tough to feel sorry for Dad under the circumstances, who, it turns out, is a law enforcement agent himself.

  4. Camiel Toe says:

    “Looking at kiddie porn doesn’t hurt anybody.”

    I guess I know what you mean by that, but it makes me uneasy. You mean that once it’s filmed and available, just watching it isn’t harmful because the harm is all done (making it). The same, I suppose, could be said of anything, even torture and murder. What creeps me out is the kind of individual who gets off on this shit. Harmful or not, that person isn’t anybody I want to hang with. No pun meant.

  5. Squathole says:

    Camiel: I also noted in the post that child porn is repulsive, dangerous, and “bad stuff. Period.” Your analysis of what I meant when I wrote that is correct. Maybe if I say, “the deviants who just watch this stuff aren’t hurting anybody directly,” that clarifies it a bit.

    Exploiting the kids, abusing them sexually, scarring them for life, all of this is intolerably harmful, and the fact that there’s a market for it — the guy doing nothing more than watching it — could be a demonstration that there IS harm in just watching. If so, it’s indirect: he’s not doing anything TO the victims any more than a pervert wacking off to a snuff movie is guilty of murder.

    That really wasn’t where I was going with the post. I’m more perplexed by the son’s action, which I find almost as creepy as the father’s.

  6. Rod Blagojevich says:

    Kid’s a fool. He just gives the old man away for nothing. He could’ve made a deal on his own best terms and been set for the rest of his life.

    This kinda stoopidity wouldn’t wash where I come from.

  7. cara says:

    Squat- since economics is the talk of the town these days, doesn’t watching kiddie-porn constitute demand therefore he is passively inflicting hurt?

    I agree though. If he were my kid, I’d be pissed because I’d want to castrate my husband BEFORE the authorities got there. That would throw my entire defense out of the window.

  8. Lorena Bobbit says:

    You and I have a lot to talk about, Cara.

    And while you’re throwing your defense out the window, throw his package with it.

  9. Squathole says:

    Cara: Yes. “passively” or “indirectly,” yes. Not quite the same as a victimless crime.

    Bad stuff and while I’ve never tried it, I don’t recommend it.

    All that said, I find it creepy that the kid turned his father in. I’d love to believe that it wasn’t his first move, or at least that he agonized over the decision.

  10. Scott says:

    Yeah, I was caught off guard by the “looking at kiddie porn doesn’t hurt anybody” comment, too, but you’re entirely right.

    I wonder what Paul Reubens is up to these days?

  11. Pee Wee Herman says:

    That wasn’t kid porn. Or did you mean the OTHER Reubens?

  12. Inquiring Minds says:

    Hey did anybody consider that maybe the son was a scorned lover of dear old dad? That maybe daddy had been diddling junior for years & the son tought he was the one true love of dad’s life? And so he turned dad in because of jealousy? Just asking. After all I’d bet that anyone who watches kiddie porn would partake in a heartbeat given the chance. And IMHO anyone sick enough to watch is sick enough to indulge, even if with their own kids.

  13. The Son. says:

    From my post at http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2009/jan/23/hendry-corrections-officer-arrested-connection-chi/

    Actually, I had my father set up a reverse connection with TightVNC, and then I opened ports on my router and set up a vncviewer daemon to listen on port 5500 for the connection from the server. He thought he might have a virus, and claimed to have had other issues with internet connectivity, strange CPU usage spikes and what sounded to be odd HDD read/writing at idle states. When conventional Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware scans showed nothing, I dug around the registry and other places to see if there might be a rootkit. Finally, I decided to see if there might be any logs of network traffic, but as he used Windows Washer to remove such logs I grabbed Piriform’s Recuva to see if I could recover the deleted files. I expected to see porn of some sort, but what I did see were thousands of .torrents with names sounding like what you’d expect in child porn. “Preteen raeped by dad lots of blood” etc. These files had a pattern of creation/access that could be seen via timestamps, a pattern that was several hours a night at times when I knew him to be on the PC.

    I confronted him with the evidence I had, though I called some friends first. At their suggestion I told him to go to counseling, which he refused. First he denied knowledge of the files, then claimed that the torrents “weren’t what they said they were”, then said he “had a problem” but “hadn’t done it in months” and that he’d “deleted them from the PC months ago”. A blank Pictures and Video search pulled up several hundred pictures, many appearing to be child porn and some even downloaded that day.

    I tried calling my Stepmother, but she wasn’t there and I don’t leave voicemails. I confronted him again, then he told me to “get rid of the F***ing evidence” in a threatening tone. I talked to my friend some more, then he left a voicemail on my phone offering to pull money out of his retirement to see me and give me some. At this point I weighed the odds, he refused to seek help more than once, he has(or did have) access to a young child unsupervised for long periods of time, and judging by the names of the files he didn’t seem to prefer once gender over the other; meaning to me that he was dangerous no matter the gender of the child he was around. At that point I called the police.

    As far as those claiming that it sounds “like a set up”, sure, timestamps can be altered and spoofed, absolutely. What cannot be spoofed, however, are the network traffic logs that his ISP has. Since I don’t have access to them, it really doesn’t matter if I spoofed any of it or all of it. It’s quite likely that the court has subpoenaed these logs from his ISP, and as such the evidence on the PC should compare quite similarly to the evidence in said logs.

  14. Fly Guy says:

    Is this response genuine? Sounds like it could be, but he links to a newspaper article, not a blog post.

  15. The Son. says:

    I linked to source of the original comment and simply copy/pasted it here. And yes, it’s me. And no, I don’t have a blog. I found this while trying to see if there was any new information on this case, the Collier Clerk of Court’s website doesn’t give much info. After seeing that the majority of responses to the articles were negative, I figured I’d at least tell my side of the story.

  16. Squathole says:

    The Son: Thanks for stopping by and making your case.

    My initial and only reaction was as you saw: astonished and put-off that your very first move was to call the authorities. I see now that it wasn’t, and there was a lot of history here. I neither know enough nor have moral grounds to judge further, nor is it any of my business. I only hope all goes well for you and your family.

    Thanks again for writing.

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