Benevolent Cruelty?, Violent Boycott?

So I have received yet another invite for an event/group for people wanting to boycott events or rumored events of Casey Anthony interviews. Though I get the disgust and disdain and even the outrage some may experience from the idea Casey being on the air, I often I find myself conflicted about what to say about some of these groups and their actions. 

Whether it be Casey Anthony, or the many other child murders that seem to pervade our news outlets, etc, these people claim outrage at the violence that tragically took the lives of these children before they ever really began and the senseless cruelty demonstrated by those who took these lives, yet when I read the postings by some of the people in some these groups and those who lead them I begin to wonder, whether any good can really come from such groups.

A recent example would be one group that is encouraging people to boycott a scheduled interview of Casey Anthony by Piers Morgan. In the postings I read some of the ugliest things there. From attack on the character of a man they never met to downright racist remarks about or even too him. Some have even shared glorified tales if the letters they they sent and quote some of the cruel, ugly and somewhat violent remarks they made in those letters. 

Furthermore, they praise these people who are doing these things “for Caylee” and then encourage others to do the same. Or celebrate the security that has been evoked as a result of these people’s past “boycotts”. They will even make remarks that at times demonstrate a disregard for the lives and dignity of these people. 

I’m left to wonder, how is this helping Caylee, Kyon, Maddie or any other child whose tragic plights we mourn? Where is the justice in it? How does the ugliness and cruelty that clearly lies in the heart of some of the comments, posts and tweets posted by some of these individuals, any different than the same demonstrated by the the murderers they focus on? 

They may not have murdered anyone but does not indulging in cruelty, hate, and violence in any form and even reveling in it regardless of the context, place one on a slippery slope to become a part of the problem rather than a solution? 

Where is the line between seeking justice and seeking vengeance? Where is the line between peaceful protest and violent harassment?

I’m reminded of Robert Ressler’s book “Whoever Fights Monsters”, the title is a subtle warning to those who dare seek out the darkest of humanity in an effort to bring it to light and his homage to the wisdom contained in the words of Friedrich Nietzsche. 

“whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster”


About behindtheyellowtape

Joey Ortega started his investigative career early at the age of 18 working as an apprentice investigator for local detectives. He started out doing insurance fraud investigations and background investigations. Proving adept in the areas surveillance and information gathering, Joey continued to seek further investigative challenges. From there he went on to do internal investigations for a number of companies that include; Sears, Roebuck Co., Saks Fifth Avenue, and K-mart. He was largely responsible for investigating issues of internal theft, embezzlement, workers comp fraud, and crime ring investigations. His success eventually earned him a position as a national investigator for a cellular chain, investigating crime rings on a national level. Trained in the Reid technique (interviewing/interrogation), Joey was able to gain confessions consistently without a single prosecution ever being challenged in court. Throughout his career as an internal investigator Joey continued to work for various private investigative agencies. Moving away from insurance fraud, Joey began developing his skills in the areas of criminal defense investigation, fidelity investigation, missing person’s investigations, and stalker investigations. It was the area of stalker investigations that Joey began to discover his passion for computer crime investigations. Having to learn quickly how to trace harassing and threatening emails, Joey began see that this is where the future of crime and justice was heading and decided to throw himself deeply into the subject. As a result, Joey’s clientele began to include those who were victims of internet fraud and cyber attacks. Joey is also the co-founder of The Ullemeyer Group, Inc. an investigative and training firm based in Santa Barbara, California that specializes in forensic training and consulting.
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5 Responses to Benevolent Cruelty?, Violent Boycott?

  1. The primary concern for me is that these vendettas only occur against people who have not been convicted, and often not even charged, the latter being the worst, if indeed there is a worst. These ravening hounders are Lynch Mobs, pure and simple. They have no regard for The Law, and are in fact breaking The Law, although The Law seems reluctant to do anything about it, in the name of Free Speech.
    The other concern is of how many people have been convicted by the use of Public Opinion?
    I can’t tell you how I feel about these Lynch Mobs because they disgust me beyond words.

    • Prinnie says:

      Elana summed it up perfectly. What is also frightening are the cries to string up the defendant, lynch them, remove their right to a fair trial by a jury of their peers, change the ability for jurors to make an opinion based on emotion rather than EVIDENCE. They are so willing to give up their own Constitutional rights just to punish someone because they were not satisfied with the verdict rendered. And at the end of the day, how does any of this bring honor to the victim?

      • Their brains don’t process information sufficiently well enough to include their own Constitutional Rights, Prinnie, although they would be the first to shriek if they were in the same position.
        All those who have been exposed and prosecuted in UK have mental health issues of some kind, are almost always on Benefits, mostly middle aged with nothing of any value of their own. And they are often women.
        I suspect that it is genetic, going back over centuries to the Middle Ages when Witch Hunting was a National Sport. Things haven’t changed much, except for the advent of The Internet, so they no longer have to hang around The Village Pump or over the Garden Fence. It likely has its roots in jealousy for some obscure reason, sufficient even that Casey Anthony is a young and relatively attractive woman.
        This doesn’t account for the appalling behaviour of Nancy Grace, Pat Brown and Lillian Glass, or The Prosecutor in The Anthony case. They are more likely just interested in making money. But they certainly know their audience. Tis time someone did something about them, if you ask me.

  2. daddyslilgirlforlife says:

    I think ppl r so outraged is bcuz of the way things went down. She never reported it, partied, how and where she was found etc. I’m sure if other cases where covered so much, we would boycott them 2.

  3. Freetonia says:

    I don’t like the thought of anyone telling who or what I can listen to or hear because they don’t like it. It violates one of our greatest freedom’s – Free Speech. Remember that? You may not like the messenger or the message but everyone should have the right to NOT listen, rather than a select few who have decided what and who to censor. That’s not what our country is about, and with the Patriot Act, continuing to erode any or our rights is a step in the wrong direction. No matter how you personally feel,it’s the wrong way to try to censor someone. I don’t see these people trying to shut down Murderbilia, or any of the web sites that make money for convicted killers, they just want to deprive someone of national interest from making money after she was found not guilty. It’s selective, it’s punitive and they have no right to stop anyone from saying anything they want to. There are so many other worthy causes involving child abuse, but they don’t care about that, they latched on to one child and have decided to appropriate her for their own needs.

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