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NJ: Parents of little girl who inspired Megan’s Law recall brutal rape, murder of their daughter 20 years later

Megan Kanka was raped and strangled by a twice-convicted sex offender across the street from her home in Hamilton Township, N.J., in July of 1994. Her parents, Maureen and Richard Kanka, pushed tirelessly for the law that alerts parents when a sexual predator moves into the neighborhood. Two decades later, the family is still haunted by the tragedy. Full Article

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This story is different than I recall. I heard Mr.kanka knew a sex offender lived across the street, and Mrs.kanka was down the street having a drink with friends when the murder happened. The law was suppose to cost NJ 175k per year.

While their story is tragic and while they have had 20 years to deal with the certain devastation that a trauma like that would most certainly cause I wonder how they sleep at night knowing that their actions have caused so much damage to millions of individuals and their families all in the name of their daughter! A single individual caused this tragic event to that single individual and yet and yet each and every day of the year more victims are being created thanks to the law honoring their daughter…only these victims are not innocent children but rather individuals… Read more »

“It is the ultimate justice that we can bring to the memory of our little girl,” Maureen Kanka said at the time. “Megan was worth a life.” I have to wonder if Maureen Kanka is aware of the millions of innocent people negativity impacted by her and her husbands crusade to save America. Tired of hiding points out that this crime that affects millions was committed by one individual. The article doesn’t mention the millions of family members impacted by the law named after their daughter. It says nothing about the children that are treated as outcasts, bullied and essentially… Read more »

We all should grieve the loss of any human life and honor those taken at an early age whether it be by the deranged individual in this case or victims of gang violence etc. This compassion should extend to the families as well, no doubt. We should not make others pay in advance for the crimes of one individual and create a subclass of human beings to be offered up to the families of crime victims as a societal peace offering or panacea. The profile and situation of this individual should be the focus of any law, especially since he… Read more »

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