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Man arrested after plotting to rape, kill and eat child
Dailybhaskar.com | May 07, 2013, 21:33PM IST
Massachusetts: A British man could end up in jail for 27 years after he admitted to plotting to rape, kill and eat a child in a dungeon inside his house.
Geoffrey Portway, 40, had a dungeon which was lined with sound-proofing material to filter sound.
Originally posted by below
So happens I just started listening to yesternight's C2CAM online and they're talking about Amanda Berry, something about being pregant from their captors over some 10 yrs of evading justice - in AMERICA
What is it about society (western society?) where theres so much ethics & morale freedom yet sickos are anything but a shortage of in the States?
edit on 7-5-2013 by below because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Gazrok
Ok, the guy is a sicko, no doubt...but I can't help but key in on the fact that he was arrested for PLANNING a crime, and that any PLAN would net you 27 years? This could be one MAJOR slippery slope if you stop and think about it.
Um, this has been a facet of the American legal system for a long time. It's called Intent, and yes, you can go to prison for planning to do something which is illegal. What's the other option? Wait until he does rape, kill and eat someone before you arrest him?
Originally posted by Gazrok
What I don't get is that degree of sentencing for PLANNING.
Originally posted by Flavian
reply to post by Gazrok
This confused me also. On the one hand i am pleased this sicko has been caught and that any potential victims are no longer in danger.
On the other hand though, how can you prosecute for something that hasn't happened? I realise as Adjensen said it is law but it just seems unfair and wrong somehow.
At the end of the day, to some extent, are we not all guilty of thinking about violent acts? For example, if you read about a horrible crime in the paper, you try to imagine the reality of the situation - that in turn means that you have thought about the crime. It doesn't mean by any stretch that you are thinking of carrying out such an act but you have still thought about the actual crime.
I love history, from all eras and civilizations. I have material at home on some terrible atrocities (Rape of Nanking as just one example). Does that mean i wish to implement my own version? Of course not. I am simply fascinated about our past.
Hmm, anyway, sorry to the OP for going off on a tangent (ish).
You probably wouldn't be arrested for the first (otherwise Quentin Tarantino would be in jail for life, lol,) but you probably would for the second, because you've taken steps to put your plan in action.