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NV: Las Vegas man says he killed over dislike of sex offenders, report says


By Mike Shoro Las Vegas Review-Journal

A Las Vegas man told his neighbor he killed two homeless people behind a central-valley swap meet because one of them was a sex offender, court documents show.

“The neighbor explained he had been sexually assaulted as a child and took offense to sex offenders,” 32-year-old Michael Thompson’s arrest report said.

Prosecutors charged Thompson with two counts of murder Thursday in the Dec. 26 shooting deaths of Rhonda Ballow, 27, and Alfred Wilhelm, 53, court records show. Thompson remained in Clark County Detention Center on Friday evening.

Detectives learned that a woman’s neighbor told her he killed a man and a woman behind the swap meet on the 2900 block of West Washington Avenue, near Rancho Drive, according to the arrest report.

The neighbor told the woman he killed the man because he was a sex offender and killed the woman because she refused to leave, the report said.

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Are there any statistics on how many sex offenders were killed last year?

Thr only thing I ever found was a suicide site listing sex offenders. Just reading that put me into a black hole of depression.

But it’s not like 10 years ago when we faced society’s hate as individuals. Today we–as victims of persecution–can throw off depression by working with ACSOL to turn the tide. Together, we can do what would be impossible alone, as proven by the assault we have made and will make on IML, fighting bad bills, throwing out presence restrictions, and stomping on residency restrictions. As individuals we can spread the word to other registrants who don’t know about ACSOL and also contribute to support ACSOL’s continued lawsuits (they take time and money to create). Even as a level 3, I… Read more »

Thank you Roger. You, at least, have given me something to cling to. Sometimes the depression/despair is overwhelming.

@Ron I can’t vouch for the accuracy of either of these even though one is from the FBI. Either way, it’s a clear indication of how much and how often the negative impact of the sex offender registry being accessible to the general public facilitates murder and how often the press suppresses this information by simply ignoring and not reporting it the majority of the time.

Yes, the press is absolutely complicit and, by not reporting upon these acts of violence, their role in fanning the flames of sex offender hysteria is made absolutely clear and unequivocal. I’ve now seen enough SO murders that were barely reported upon or reported not at all to see exactly what is happening. The press is fully onboard with protecting the Registries as institutions and is even willing to pass on what would otherwise be tasty stories chock full of violence in order to protect Megan’s Law. They imagine themselves to be responsible members of the community.

@Ron Here’s a couple more. As victims of this witch hunt and having our information made available to anyone and everyone it can’t be denied that we have a target on our backs. The statistics brings new meaning to the term “state sponsored hit list,” because that is what it is. It doesn’t help anyone or prevent anything other than us being murdered, losing our means of financial support, having our homes vandalized and our children ostracized by their peers.

Some of this information should be used to challenge the legality of the registry; especially the FBI statistics.

“It” doesn’t work.

Each state’s version of Megan’s Law normalizes hate, fosters dysfunction and trivializes the lives of those on the hit list.

Normalizing hate is typical in today’s society. It starts at the ‘top’ with the commander and chief and works it way down… its a sad time to be American…

how did the shooter know a homeless man is a registrant in the first place? its not a hot topic that any single person dare to talk about especially when its about himself/herself, maybe a coincidence? maybe there’s more to the story than what was posted.

I don’t see any other way for the killer to know the homeless man was an (s)ex-offender other than (1) finding him on the Registry or (2) the homeless man was the specific individual who had molested the killer as a child.

even when/if some one takes the time to actually look and pinpoint a individual on megans list, hes homeless and las vegas is a big state, unlimited amount of corners, drain sewages, parking lots, parks, the list can go on and on and to pin point and accurately find any homeless person, im in no means defending what he did but the media should be more productive and helpful and use the power of the press to educate society *the people* being a registrant is blow waaaay out of proportion! the media uses words such as molestation when its a… Read more »

Is this enough yet? How many have to die before someone finally says, “you know this list is actually killing more people than it’s protecting”/ I don’t understand deaths don’t matter and the list lives on.

Perhaps the various state’s registries are doing what they’re actually intended to do…eliminate sex offenders. There is no public remorse when a registered citizen is murdered, there is no shame, no loud voices calling for an end to the registries (other than here). The general public seems to have great joy when a registrant is murdered.

Perhaps an upsurge of wrongful death lawsuits against the state and the US by the families of those registrants assaulted, robbed, and murdered is the answer. Numerous city councils have or are looking into repealing existing SO restrictions, so it’s not completely unheard of. Would be pretty hard for the government to claim such cases are a “collateral consequence” without sounding like promoting vigilante-ism.

Hmmm… So every time a registrant is killed specifically b/c the murderer knew the registrant is/was a sex offender, then registrant’s family should sew the state for making him a target. Could also sue every media that had made the status known. Do this in every state. Then make a collection of these suits. Is America promoting a hit list? If one registrant is killed because they are registered, then yes. If many registrants are killed becuase they were registered, then equivocally yes. This runs parallel to the IML. Although the USA isn’t preventing registrants from travelling, they are providing… Read more »

@ New Person,


Wow! This is getting to be a regular occurrence. It is going to be hard for the courts to argue that being on the registry doesn’t jeopardize the life of the registrant and anyone associated with them. The woman killed here was just an acquaintance.

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