Nonfiction 2017-10-23T05:35:41+00:00

Nonfiction

Angela’s Story
A True Crime

Eight-year-old Angela _X_ had a story to tell.
It was a story about her big brother, Carson _X_.
He was thirteen.
They were doing s-e-x.

It was a short story.
It was not exciting.
But it was Angela’s story.
And it was true.

So begins Angela’s Story, a true-crime novel in which incest is only the beginning, and no one is innocent.

Coming in 2018 on a joint imprint from GenPop Books & Tarpaulin Sky Press.

12th Anniversary of the Wrongful Conviction of Jeremy Barney

Thanks to the efforts of the Connecticut Innocence Project, I am confident this anniversary will be Jeremy's last behind bars. His freedom will do nothing, however, to help two other children who suffered as a result of this case: Angela and Jesse _X_.

No, Robert Adams did not admit to molesting children. Not six of them. Not any of them.

[UPDATE 31 DEC 2016] Although the terms of his plea included specific language affirming that Adams maintains his innocence, the DA’s office subsequently issued a press release falsely stating that Adams “admitted” to molesting six children. Several days later the DA's office would retract the false statement with no fanfare, leaving newspapers like the SacBee to continue libeling Robert Adams as late as 31 December 2016.

“Uncontrollable Leakage” v. “Hygienic Barrier”

In recent essays posted at Harriet, the Poetry Foundation blog, Johannes Goransson discusses art and violence in ways that interest me for a variety of reasons as a writer who was once able to write fiction and poetry; also in my present incarnation as “crime writer”; also in my capacity as publisher of at least a few violent books — notably work by Johannes and Joyelle McSweeney ...

Defining “Reasonable Doubt” — Robert Adams and Creative Frontiers

Unlike any number of molestation cases ably handled by competent law enforcement and child protection services daily, across the U.S., the nature and context of the allegations against Robert Adams and Creative Frontiers School, as well as the conduct of Citrus Heights and Sacramento County authorities, are suspicious at best, and the case exhibits numerous red flags of a false case, most notably that allegations of abuse are being made by a handful of motivated adults, while actual students at the time of the school's closure have not only told investigators that no abuse occurred, but delivered a petition to the Mayor and held bake sales, tag sales, and "movie nights" to raise funds to help re-open Creative Frontiers.

West Memphis Three, Witch Hunters, and the Cult of the Violent Femme

Leaving aside as well the predilections of, and the misinformation supplied by, local newspapers and local authorities in West Memphis, there's no doubt the crime scene was easily interpreted as suggesting a sexual component to the murders. But I would also suggest that the investigation went far afield not because of the sex-crime angle, but because of the perceived homo-sexual violence of the crimes. For the literal-minded/illiterate in West Memphis the fantasy of a consummate breed of homosexual male violence carried at least as much Biblical fear/hatred as that text's injunctions against occult arts, and was every bit as potent as the Satanic Panic among West Memphis jurors in 1993....

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