I don’t normally blog about every little link that crosses my screen, but a recent email update from the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom drew my attention to this article from Indiana: Bloomington Man Sentenced to 30 Years For Manslaughter of a kinkster.
Here are some excerpts (I’ve run some paragraphs together):
Moore said he was working in Afghanistan as a defense contractor for Blackwater in 2008 when his wife, Laurie, sent him a disturbing e-mail. She said she was having an affair with Morris. Their marriage of 24 years was over. Moore’s time overseas had been the most stressful of his career, and he decided to fly home to deal with the affair in person. Back in Indiana, Moore learned that his wife met Morris through a “bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism” Web site.
“She said a man had been keeping her in a relationship she didn’t want,” Moore said. “I could tell it wasn’t her.”
Really? What were her exact words about her relationship? Did you actually, you know, ask her what she wanted? Or could you just, you know, tell?
Gary Dunn, a former FBI agent and private investigator hired by the defense, said Laurie Moore was in contact with several men she met on the BDSM Web site, collarme.com. She told Morris she loved him and called him “master.” Dunn said diary entries and e-mails indicated Morris was able to manipulate her physically and mentally.
Really? Indicated how? Was it because she called him “Master”, or was it just because, you know, no one in their right mind would ever conceivably consent to such a sick, perverted lifestyle and therefore she must have been “manipulated”?
All Moore wanted, he said during his statement, was for his wife to stop interacting with the BDSM community. After his return from Afghanistan, Moore moved out and filed for divorce. His wife secured a protective order against him. But on the night of Oct. 19, 2008, he violated that order and drove to her house. When he pulled into the driveway and got out of the car, he tucked his gun in his back pocket. He entered the house and heard his 9-year-old son playing a video game in the upstairs loft.
The house was decorated with balloons and signs for Morris’ upcoming 60th birthday. In the next room, Moore busted down the barricaded bedroom door and found his wife in bed with Morris. … He shot Morris twice — once in the chest and once in the head — and walked out of the house, passing his wife and son on the way. … Blood soaked through the wood floors and into the room below, a detective testified at the sentencing.
… Family and friends of Morris asked for a 50-year prison term, the maximum time an individual can receive for manslaughter, while Fred Turner, the defendant’s attorney, asked for 20. … as Turner said, it was a question of good people making bad decisions. “It’s a tragic story of an otherwise outstanding member of society and what a horrible mistake he made,” Turner said.
Okay, let’s recap. This so-called “outstanding member of society” had serious trouble accepting his ex-wife’s independence and personal sexuality. Apparently, in fact, he made her feel so unsafe that she filed for a protective order against him. After their divorce, he took a gun, entered her house illegally and without her consent, and murdered her partner. This, apparently, is a “horrible mistake” … in fact, it’s such a “mistake” that it’s been classified as manslaughter — the legal category that exists to cover accidental killings of human beings.
If Morris, the dead man, had been a “normal member of society” and not a “pervert”, how would this case be adjudicated? Would his murder still be called “manslaughter” or would it be labeled what it is — the sociopathic act of an insanely jealous man whose major goal was to terrorize his wife?