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W.A.R. Calls out Governor Nikki Haley, Nancy Grace, Dr. Drew, Anderson Cooper and Other News Media

Women Against Registry- Recently, this country has gone through months of listening to stories about George Zimmerman and the murder of a slain man and his scorned mistress, Jodi Arias . Where is the news coverage of the brutal stabbing murders of the Parkers? Why aren’t the perpetrators faces who forced their way in to Charles and Gretchen Parker’s home, not all over the air waves of ABC, NBC, MSNBC, HLN and other media networks?

Women Against Registry can tell you why.  The why is because the Parker’s murders were not considered noteworthy of being publicized.  The Parker’s lives do not matter because they were listed on the sex offender registry.  Their lives do not matter to our Supreme Court, our judicial system or to the general public. Charles and Gretchen’s lives do not matter to reporters such as Dr. Drew, Anderson Cooper, and Nancy Grace, if they did, we would be hearing more about the horrific murders of Mr. and Mrs. Parker.

In lieu of the recent murders of Charles and Gretchen Parker, Women Against Registry demands that all citizens be afforded the right to privacy and protection.  W.A.R. demands Governor Haley and the Governors of all states to remove the registries from public view and make them accessible to law enforcement only.

In 1991 Charles Parker was arrested and convicted of sexual misconduct. Nearly twenty two years later, Mr. Parker and his wife were stabbed to death and brutally murdered in their own home.  The Parkers were slain by a man and a woman who went to their home with a story of a broken down vehicle.  The couple entered their way into the home with a preconceived notion and intent to cause harm to Charles and Gretchen due to their address listed on a public registry. The couple admitted to law enforcement they found the Parker’s address and put their plan into motion .

In 2012, less than a year ago in Washington state, Ray Drum tracked and hunted down two registrants who were listed on the publicized sex offender registry. In the wake of the two homicides, Mr. Drum admitted to slaying both men and was on his way to the third victim when he was apprehended by law enforcement.  Mr. Drum premeditated and set out to brutally murder as many victims as possible.  In the wake of his self-proclaimed glory, he left behind an elderly father  of one victim and a wife and two small toddlers or the second. Mr. Drum’s last statement to the court was, “It had to be done!”  Mr. Drum’s printed copy of the public sex offender registry was found on the front seat of his car when apprehended by law enforcement.

In 2005, two men on the Washington state registry were shot and killed by a vigilante who posed as a police officer and was allowed into their homes.  Investigators of that horrific  murder, called it “one of the nation’s most serious cases of vigilantism aimed at sex offenders.”

The public registry has been criticized by scholars who have extensive research and studies to prove that public registration does not protect anyone from harm. Thus, goes on to explain the registry causes more harm to innocent victims than it protects.  Victims like Mr. and Mrs. Parker, family members, wives and dependent children of registrants who face vigilante crimes, public ostracism and harassment on a consistent basis.

W.A.R. calls for the removal of information on registrant families from public access due to it falling into the hands of individuals choosing to use it as a hit list.

Women Against Registry demands that all citizens in the United States be given the same civil and human rights as any other American.

Finally, W.A.R. asks for acknowledgement from South Carolina Governor Haley, Anderson Cooper, Nancy Grace, Dr. Drew, Pierce Morgan and the major media outlets . How many more children and families have to be slain or put through these types of tragedies to be heard?  

Women Against Registry will keep asking WHY until we get an answer.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Contact: Vicki Henry, Director
Women Against Registry – https://www.womenagainstregistry.org/
202.630.0345

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Wow…our movement is growing.

OUTSTANDING …….they are getting the word out…making people taxpayers more aware registry is further punishment.

I want to cheer this. But I can’t. I can’t because they explicitly support SOR, if not open to the public (it would be to a limited degree anyway). Yes, making SOR public is even worse. But the basic idea of people who have completed their sentence, and those who have passed the test of rehabilitation that probation and parole is supposed to be, is flat out wrong. SOR IS probation and parole, it is every bit as much or even more than either, even if kept private and even if limited to no more than simply confirming annually where… Read more »

You are absolutely right. However, we cannot deal with absolutes right now. We cannot make the good the enemy of the perfect. I know you don’t believe that there is a credible pathway right now to repeal all registration. There is a credible pathway to creating a tiered system. There is a credible pathway to eliminating housing restrictions and presence restrictions. Maybe we can create a pathway to increasing internet privacy, but I don’t see it right now. My point is that we have an ultimate goal of ending registration for all of the reasons you stated. But we have… Read more »

Even so, you MUST be VERY careful about what you say you support. WAR specifically says it supports requiring SOR. WAR specifically says the only problem is publicizing it. This undermines the fight. You cannot today say it is perfectly fine, we support it except for this one little increment. and after getting that increment (which you won’t when you say SOR is fine), come back and say it is not fine. When you go the incremental route, you must be VERY careful about the increments you pick — they must not be willy nilly, they must follow a strategic… Read more »

Anonymous – there was another poster on this site a while ago who kept repeating that any incremental gain was a mistake and that the only acceptable goal was the total repeal of the entire system. In principle – could not agree more. However, we live in reality, not in principle. Rather than railing against against any and all attempts to make some inroads, please feel free to lay out your plan on how you see your goal accomplished. It does not look like there is a limit to the number of characters in the comments here, and the keyboard… Read more »

Yes, but all topics are not the same. And all increments do not have the same direction for an end result. You can defeat yourself by increments very easily if you are not very careful. As I said in my first post, I wanted to cheer this increment — but I could not because, from the story, it appeared the increment was being handled in a way that would help assure the end goal in the long run can never be reached, because they are decidedly supporting SOR that is not open to the public, rather than contending it is… Read more »

Anonymous At this point I would be happy as hell to be off the Internet and on a list only for law enforcement to see It’s like you want to win the the mega jackpot but could careless about winning $10 Dude, baby steps.

Indeed. Take down that Megan’s Law web site and any other public registry and I’ll go down to LAPD HQ and register once a week with if it means getting my life back.

That and not being restricted about where to live!

You are not a vigilante if you are taking action against someone who has paid for their crimes. You are a bandit, or even a terrorist. Nancy Grace is one of the most revolting people in contemporary news media, and should be banned from it. Her coverage of crime stories goes far beyond simple reporting: she tries to influence every case she comments on, and not out of a sense of justice but merely to feed her ego. “Piers Morgan” (Piers Stefan O’Meara), by contrast, is a career hypocrite lacking the ability to even pretend concern for justice. First justice… Read more »

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