Jewish World Review March 16, 2001 / 21 Adar, 5761
Why is trial involving marathon torture session by gays against a teen being ignored?
"JESSE slowly suffocated and died."
A jury heard those chilling words this week in the opening statement of a
little-noticed Arkansas trial. A mother heard those heart-breaking words
spoken about her 13-year-old son, Jesse Dirkhising, whom prosecutors say
died at the hands of two men who raped and murdered the boy during a
marathon torture session. The trial raises grave questions about society's
increasing tolerance of gay pedophilia. But in New York and Los Angeles, the
national presshounds were more interested in covering the trial of rap star
Sean "Puffy" Combs than in reporting on the tragic death of Jesse
The details are sickening: On Sept. 26, 1999, Jesse was at the Rogers, Ark.,
home of a family friend, 39-year-old Davis Carpenter, and Carpenter's
roommate and alleged gay lover, 23-year-old Joshua Brown. According to a
local Associated Press account, prosecutor Bob Balfe told jurors Wednesday
that "the boy had been given a strong sedative, then restrained while his
own underwear was stuffed into his mouth and held in place with duct tape.
Brown then folded Jesse into position atop a bed while supporting the boy's
body with pillows."
"While Jesse was bound and helpless and naked in this position ... he was
repeatedly raped ... over a period of hours," Balfe said. "Jesse slowly
suffocated and died." The prosecution says Brown raped and sodomized Jesse
with various objects, including food, while Carpenter stood in the bedroom
doorway watching and masturbating. According to a police affidavit, Brown
took a break from the assault to eat a sandwich. When he returned,
prosecutors say, he discovered that Jesse was not breathing. Carpenter then
called police, who found the boy naked and near death on a bedroom floor.
Police gathered evidence from the men's apartment that included lurid
drawings showing a bound person, written descriptions of a homosexual
assault, pieces of paper describing objects with which Jesse was sodomized,
and a printed grocery receipt listing duct tape and other items found near
Jesse's body. The defense will argue that Jesse - outnumbered, overpowered,
overdosed, and strapped helplessly to a mattress - was a willing and
consenting participant in this sexual torment.
This was a child. A 13-year-old child. A boy who should be riding a scooter
and wrestling with his friends and watching cartoons and doing his algebra
homework. That the defense could even dare make a public case for consensual
sex between a 13-year-old boy and two adult men shows how far this country
has sunk into the cesspool of moral apathy and cowardice. Public leaders are
so worried about not offending gay political interest groups that they
remain silent about the mainstreaming of homosexual predation.
The defense of gay pedophilia has metastasized deep and far into the
national conscience. As Mary Eberstadt wrote in the Weekly Standard
recently, "Today's pressures to normalize pedophilia are not the result of
some omnipotent and unstoppable taboo-devouring social and moral juggernaut;
they are occurring one bookstore, one magazine, one publisher and
advertiser, one author and editor and consumer at a time."
One of the nation's leading gay magazines, "XY," is targeted to readers as
young as 12. It features photo spreads of half-naked men and publishes
profanity-laced articles supporting lowering the age of consent. Instead of
universal condemnation, the North American Man-Boy Love Association (which
advocates normalizing and decriminalizing sex between adult males and boys)
receives praise and sympathy from liberal magazine writers and literary
NAMBLA is the subject of late-night comedy monologues and the
beneficiary of pro bono legal aid from the American Civil Liberties Union.
Opponents of the group are smeared as right-wing homophobes; they and others
who have criticized the media for ignoring Jesse Dirkhising's death are
tarred as anti-gay propagandists.
Political correctness is slowly suffocating our sense of public outrage over
behavior that is perverse, coercive, and wrong. This is why the brutal death
of Jesse Dirkhising has been met with deaf ears and a cruel collective
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