Saturday, June 13, 2009

Victim's Giggles Apparent Motive Of Man Who Pleaded Guilty To Rape Murder

From KPTV:

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- A man who raped and killed a teenage girl will spend the rest of his life in prison after changing his plea Tuesday in a Clark County courtroom.

Darrin Sanford, a 30-year-old convicted sex offender, pleaded guilty to raping and killing 13-year-old Alycia Nipp. The attack occurred in a field near Northeast 13th Avenue in Vancouver on a weekend night in February.

Sanford entered the packed courtroom at about 4:20 p.m. Tuesday with his hands securely cuffed in front of him and his legs shackled. In a statement read by his lawyer, Sanford admitted his guilt.

While this man admitted his guilt in this girl's murder, he didn't actually admit his guilt in her rape since he wrote: "I killed her after having sex with her." That a man who can admit murder still refuses to correctly name rape shows how entrenched his rape denial is and how dangerous this man still is. If his life sentence without possibility of parole is ever changed to life with the possibility of parole by a change in state law, this man should not be paroled no matter how non-violent he is while in prison.

The prosecution believes Sanford's motive for murdering this girl is that she giggled at him. Combine this motive with this man's continued rape denial and you get a man who will always be a danger. This won't change no matter how old or frail Sanford becomes.

Some other murderers who are not rapist/murderers may not pose the same lifelong risk as this man does and if policies or sentencing laws are ever changed based on budget pressures and on what is understood about the murderers who will not repeat their crimes there is the potential that this man could eventually be released.

Too many people assume that all those who are violent will eventually age out of their violence, but as the fatal shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC demonstrates, being 88 years old doesn't mean someone will not choose to commit murder. If it weren't for the actions of the security guards, including Stephen Tyrone Johns who was slain, the death count could have been much higher. The chief of staff of the museum estimated that there were a couple of thousand people inside the museum at the time of the shooting.

Old clearly does not equal harmless.

This murder like the murder of Alycia Nipp was rooted in ways of thinking which are deeply entrenched in segments of our population. This entrenchment of thinking provides external support for both of these very different murders. One segment practices rape denial while the other practices holocaust denial and both put the blame onto their targets.


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posted by Marcella Chester @ 8:24 AM   5 comments links to this post


At June 13, 2009 7:41 PM, Blogger Kris the Educated Vagabond said...

How many times have we heard a rapist blame the victim? She giggled at me. She was wearing a short skirt. These are not come-ons or invites to be brutally violated. That he can take something as innocent as a child's laughter and turn it into perverse and fatal violence...I don't even have words for how sick that is. I hope that he is kept behind prison doors for the rest of his life, for the sake of society.

At June 18, 2009 4:54 PM, Anonymous m Andrea said...

It's these types of excuses, given with such regularity, which lead me to believe that men, as a class, possess the IQ of a gnat.

At June 18, 2009 5:41 PM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...

m Andrea,

I disagree. These excuses have nothing to do with IQ. They have to do with the messages people support or oppose related to when girls or women are asking for violence.

At March 18, 2010 2:07 PM, Anonymous Thine Acid Police said...

"It's these types of excuses, given with such regularity, which lead me to believe that men, as a class, possess the IQ of a gnat." really? I have to question your intelligence if you're willing to accept a brutal sexual deviant as a valid model for how men generally are. Sexism is a two-way street. Besides, even if the point of your statement wasn't ridiculous, the whole "IQ of a gnat" remark doesn't indicate a very high level of originality or intelligence, SISTA!

At March 18, 2010 4:18 PM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...


It's interesting that you read a story about a man who committed a brutal rape and murder and what gets you most fired up is a woman frustrated over excuses men use to justify violence against girls and women.

That may not reflect on your intelligence but it certainly reflects on your values.

Through your use of the 2-way street analogy you have equated a men who raped and murdered a girl with a woman having a low opinion of men because of men who excuse their own violence and the violence of other men.


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