Victims of perception

 How violence against women permeated our consciousness in 2006
December 20, 2006 3:30:10 PM

SALACIOUS DETAILS: One after another the Herald paraded female victims across its front pages.
January 8: Natalie Sumner, 18, becomes Boston’s first homicide victim of 2006, shot to death in a Brighton apartment.

January 17: The Supreme Judicial Court rules the state can remove Haleigh Poutre, 11, who was allegedly beaten into a coma by her Westfield parents, from life support.

January 20: Rachel Entwistle, 27, and her baby, Lillian, are shot to death, allegedly by husband Neil Entwistle, in their Hopkinton home.

February 26: Imette St. Guillen, 24, of Dorchester, is killed in New York after a night out drinking.

March 13: A dancer hired for a Duke University lacrosse-team party alleges that she was raped by several of them.

March 21: A man shoots his estranged girlfriend and himself in front of a Mass Ave brownstone in Boston’s South End; he dies, she survives.

April 2: Jill Carroll, a reporter for the Christian Science Monitor, returns to Boston after nearly three months of captivity in Iraq.

April 15: Velveena Baskin, 38, is beaten, kicked, punched, and strangled to death in East Boston, allegedly by husband  Whitney Baskin.

April 29: The badly burned body of Dominique Samuels, 19, is discovered in Franklin Park; police allege that she was strangled to death by an acquaintance in her Roxbury apartment.

May 20: Jeremias Bins allegedly bludgeons to death his wife, Carla Souza, and her 11-year-old son in their Framingham apartment.

May 25:  Bernadette DePina, 49, is killed in her New Bedford home; police suspect the murder was in retaliation against her son, who is accused of a recent gang murder.

June 5: East Brookfield police officer Robert Morrow Jr. commits suicide one day after being charged with attempting to kill his wife.

June 23: Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Brett Myers allegedly drags his wife, Kim Myers, by the hair and slaps her across the face outside a Back Bay hotel.

July 18: Police charge former Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson with twisting his wife’s arm behind her back and repeatedly pushing her head into a bookcase in their Weston home.

July 22: Analicia Perry, 20, visits a shrine to her murdered brother in the South End and is shot to death.

August 11: Dorchester’s Ella J. Baker House fires a staff worker accused of raping a teenage girl he was mentoring.

August 16: Police in Thailand arrest John Mark Karr for the 1996 murder of six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey in Boulder, Colorado.

August 24: Christopher A. Williams, 25, formerly of Springfield, Massachusetts, kills his former girlfriend’s mother and a teacher at an Essex, Vermont, school.

September 5: Police find the chopped-up bodies of three women at the Black Bear Bed & Breakfast in Newry, Maine; they charge a short-order cook with the murders.

September 27: A gunman takes six girls hostage in a Colorado classroom, sexually assaults them, and kills one.

October 2: A man fatally shoots five girls and injures five more in a Pennsylvania school in Amish country.

October 13: The body of missing University of Vermont student Michelle Gardner-Quinn, 21, is found in Richmond, allegedly slain by a 36-year-old man.

October 16: The trial begins for the 2002 Truro, Massachusetts, murder of Christa Worthington.

October 17: After a two-day manhunt, police arrest a man in Dorchester and charge him with fatally shooting New Hampshire police officer Michael Briggs, after Briggs responded to a domestic-violence call.

October 18: Kerry Healey begins airing a television ad in which a woman walks through a dark parking garage while a voiceover talks about convicted rapist Benjamin LaGuer.

November 2: Sandra Reavis, 39, is stabbed and beaten to death in her Dorchester home, allegedly by her husband, Niles Reavis.

November 15: Publicists announce plans to release a book by O.J. Simpson explaining how he “hypothetically” murdered his wife, Nicole Brown, in 1994.

November 30: Police arrest 23-year-old Darren Thompson, of Shrewsbury, on weapons charges, alleging that he was planning to kill “teenybopper” girls.

December 1: After several fruitless searches, police find the buried body of Aislin Silva in Peabody; Silva was killed in 1996 at age 19 to prevent her from testifying against gang leaders.


What an absurd agenda-driven and demented exercise Linking false accusations of rape (the Lacrosse case) with terrorist kidnappings (Carroll), a mob hit and domestic violence Easily the most bizarrely idiotic end-of-the-year list I have seen

POSTED BY huh?q AT 12/20/06 5:00 PM

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