Reader Mail: Brand Sex Offenders for Life

Sex Criminals

Activists are just as bad: Unfortunately, your story about the battle over how to treat sex offenders ("Sympathy for the Devils," Kyle Swenson, August 22) did not do enough to highlight the harassment that anti-sex-offender activist Valerie Parkhurst has dished out, including harassing the daughter of one registered sex offender in Michigan. In fact, Dr. Phil's show was set to feature this nutjob on air until they told her the aforementioned registrant's daughter wanted to confront her on the show and then she backed off. Nor did your article care to mention that many of the other vigilantes out there also have criminal records for violence. Indeed, many of the recent vigilante killers, like Patrick Drum of Port Angeles, Washington, or Jeremy and Christine Moody of South Carolina had extensive criminal histories. People like Valerie Parkhurst are no better than those they attack. To this day, Valerie Parkhurst blames everyone but herself for her arrests, even claiming Davie PD poisoned her dogs as retaliation for suing them. The only "devil" in this article that's getting undue sympathy is Valerie "Valigator" Parkhurst. oncefallendotcom

Death is better: If you are going to brand a person for life the way we brand sex offenders and then deprive him of his livelihood, you might as well just kill him. Juan R. Pollo

Lock 'em up: Gail Colletta is fighting for her son's rights, but his bust for kiddie porn shows he would have grown up to ruin and destroy other kids' lives. It's good they locked him up sooner rather then later. Offenders like him should all be lined up and shot. The only good sex offender is a dead one. There's no cure for that sickness. cpelata

Fix the system: The system is fatally flawed, much to the disadvantage of many innocent people. I'd like to see a concrete figure on the number of people who were put on the list for having sex with a 17-year-old when they were just 18. This list ruins lives forever and is a million times worse than jail time and a regular criminal record. The system needs major reforms — not for those who are guilty, but for those who are innocent. Zach McElroy

Brand them, literally: You say sex offenders are "branded for life" like that's a bad thing. They should be actually branded like cattle, right on their face! At least then the world will know who is who, and those offenders who thrive and take advantage of the weak will no longer be able to stay incognito. Nomejodas Pleez

WWJD?: There but for grace and mercy so go we all. Everyone has sinned. Yet so many feel justified to stand in judgment of others. What right have we to condemn a person a second time after they have served their legal sentence? A person who sets himself up as a judge greater than the law places himself above the law and esteems himself greater than the lawgiver. Who is more wicked, the one who sinned and served his sentence or the one who lifts himself above the law and justifies himself by his own self-righteousness? rice9

Too broad a brush: The trouble with the "sex offender" label is that it's applied too broadly. A drunk guy who pees in public is not the same as a pedophile. A rapist is not the same as a 17-year-old who has sex with a 16-year-old. The pedophile and rapist can be shot as far as I'm concerned, but the drunk and the 17-year-old shouldn't have their lives ruined because of something minor. awfkiwhistler

Bad laws: Laws so strict that they drive sex offenders to homelessness just give them much less to lose by committing a similar crime again. Plain and simple. David Goldfarb

Whatever it takes: I am glad we have people like Valerie Parkhurst willing to stand against these deviants. If tactics like hers are what it takes to protect our neighborhoods, then I say go for it. Do what it takes to get the job done. I just wish she lived in my neighborhood. Jimmo


Canes Fam

That was so 1992: Was your column about what makes a true Hurricanes fan ("Do You Rep the U?" Francisco Alvarado, August 22) reprinted from 1992? The Canes really haven't been all that relevant or compelling for a long time, and their "swagger" days are way in the rearview mirror. I'm actually a fan of every South Florida team, but I really don't miss much of that era at UM. It's supposed to be a university, not a football factory, first. If more emphasis is now on stricter academics for athletes and that results in a team that is no longer quite as dominant, well, that's good. This was never supposed to be professional football. Steven

 
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val03
val03

I am Valerie Parhurst and KNOW the Devil your dealing with. The writer is Derek Logue a sexual PREDATOR out of Hamilton County OHIO who couldnt keep his pants zipped up around an 11 year old. Who was asked to leave his church due to inappropiate behavor towards other minors. Derek is an angry hostile predator who has butted heads with me for years. Derek is every definition of a "child molestor" so take his account and his opinion and sway of the truth with what you will... He will no doubt contact his "minutemen" other angry sex offenders who know I have no use for them either..and promote post to this site. Look at the bright side Derek, You will forever be known as the "perv "for a valid reason..you are one..

urhairfix
urhairfix

Here is the truth of things. After a person has been through therapy, probation and time served it is just plain evil not to allow them to intergrate back into society.  They are denied housing, jobs and even food stamps.  With ever added punitive measures put on them it's actually amazing (to their credit) that their recidivism rates are only 1.9% (according to the latest Department of Justice report).  The numbers don't justify even having a registry.  Obviously probation and parole Departments are doing a great job keeping these people in line.  The sex offender registry is a form of LIVING DEATH it is Evil and it is Wrong.  Where are we in Nazi Germany people?  If someone is so bad they have to be on an online Hit-List then why are they even amongst us.  Do you understand us how easy it is to be put on that list?  There are children on the registry as young as 9 years old.  "REALLY...!?!?"

bama.nutzgaming
bama.nutzgaming

@val03 lol another person that has disagreed with this woman and she claimed him to be a sex offender, I have done looked for this mans name in any sexual database in ohio and he does not exist on those lists of registered offender nor is he in any court file of the crime you say he did. you maam are a fraud.

val03
val03

The "system" is fatally flawed . Problem being is flawed on the side of offenders, not the civilized society

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

ms parkhurst, as a DAVIE resident i do appreciate your efforts to pursue the uncivilized social element that might otherwise prey on the most vulnerable, and for the most part this IS an issue of "not in my backyard" when finding an appropriate place for these "pervs"

on the other hand, like many issues,  it seems this issue is also an issue of money,  and i would use michael jackson as exhibit one of someone who had resources to evade public notice,  using an entire property to create a zoo and playland and never had to consider hiding in poor communities where he could be exposed and pursued and be monitored

chasing them from DAVIE may solve the problem locally,  as well as send the message that DAVIE is not the place for other offenders to call home, and YES this is a good start, BUT i think the solution as well should include a place where these offender should go IF they seek help, and maybe you could find that alternative for them to go to

frankD

val03
val03

Urhairfix, another perv and member of RSOL CA aka Nambla..I have a solution for his "living death" problems" Robert Curtis aka urhairfix ..move into my neighborhood..Valerie

bama.nutzgaming
bama.nutzgaming

@val03 I plan to move into your neighborhood val since I am no longer on the registry, you cannot effect me. so here is a fuck you and have a nice day and stay off my lawn.

urhairfix
urhairfix

@val03 My writing isn't as it should be I give you that, but perv is a bit strong considering my offense was a misdemeanor NOT against a child over 13 years ago.  

I have since received a US Congressional award for helping cancer patients and the homeless.  A perv?  REALLY?  I resist doing harm to others but as a hairstylist in ORANGE COUNTY California I do a great highlight and haircut.  

Sex Offender Hairstylist.  Go figure I can still work alone with women and that somehow is okay but I have to register because I'm a threat to the community...(head Scratch)...doesn't make sense.  TRUTH

 
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