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Maine Killings Raise Vigilantism Fears(two sex offenders killed)
http://www.comcast.net ^ | 4 18 06 | GLENN ADAMS

Posted on 04/18/2006 11:58:39 AM PDT by freepatriot32

CORINTH, Maine - The Maine Department of Public Safety has no plans to change the state's Web-based sex offender registry despite the killings of two sex offenders whose addresses were apparently obtained online.

A Canadian man used the registry to obtain personal information about the victims, authorities said, renewing fears that such lists expose ex-convicts to vigilante violence.

"The events of the weekend will obviously be reviewed, but there are no plans to change the Web site at this point," Stephen McCausland, Maine Public Safety spokesman, said Monday.

The gunman, Stephen A. Marshall, a 20-year-old from Nova Scotia's Cape Breton, committed suicide Sunday night in Boston after being confronted aboard a bus by police.

Investigators were uncertain what relationship, if any, Marshall had with the victims, who lived 25 miles apart.

But the two men were among 34 names in five towns Marshall had looked up on the Web site, McCausland said. Investigators said Marshall typed in his name to receive extra information online, including street addresses.

The Web site was disabled while police searched for Marshall but was restored Monday afternoon.

All states have sex offender registries designed to let people know of child molesters and other sex offenders in their midst, and almost all post the information online.

Maine's registry has the names of more than 2,200 sex offenders. It contains such information as the offender's name, address, date of birth, identifying characteristics and place of employment, as well as a photograph.

The killings added to a growing unease with such Web sites. Jack King from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Washington said making public sex offenders' addresses can be an invitation to violence.

Harassment, vandalism, assaults and even killings of sex offenders have been reported from coast to coast.

"There are going to be crazy people out there," King said. "And there's going to be vigilantism."

After New Jersey passed a public disclosure law on sex offenders in the 1990s, the brother of an offender was nearly beaten to death with a baseball bat when he was mistaken for his brother, King said.

In New Hampshire, Lawrence Trant went to prison after pleading guilty to the attempted murder of two convicted sex offenders whose names and addresses he found on an Internet registry.

A sex offender Web site in Washington state was cited in the slayings of two convicted child rapists last summer. Michael Anthony Mullen, 35, pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to more than 44 years in prison.

The registered sex offenders shot to death in Maine were Joseph Gray, 57, of Milo, and William Elliott, 24, of Corinth.

Gray had moved to Maine after a Massachusetts conviction for sexual assault on a child under 14, McCausland said. Elliott was convicted of having sex with an underage girl, he said.

When he shot himself, Marshall had with him a laptop computer and two handguns, said Dave Procopio, spokesman for the Suffolk County, Mass., District Attorney's Office.

Marshall had come to Houlton, Maine, to visit his father, authorities said.

Police tracked Marshall to Boston after finding his father's pickup abandoned in Bangor along with a rifle. They also discovered bullets hidden in a bus stop restroom that were of the same caliber as one of his father's handguns.

Ralph Marshall told reporters his son didn't appear troubled and never said he had been sexually abused.

Gray and Elliott were shot about five hours apart Sunday morning. Neither appeared to have caused a stir recently.

Gray and his wife moved a couple of years ago from Massachusetts to Milo, said Kenny Hudak, a local police sergeant.

In Corinth, residents were alerted when Elliott moved into a trailer in the woods. The property was covered with trash, tires and at least a dozen junked vehicles.

"I think more people were concerned about the mess than him being a sex offender," said Mary Hadley, who lives across the road.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: banglist; corinth; deathcultivation; donutwatch; dps; fears; govwatch; killings; maine; raise; sexoffenders; vigilantism
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1 posted on 04/18/2006 11:58:43 AM PDT by freepatriot32
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To: freepatriot32
Maine State Trooper Dave Yankowsky, left, and detective Jay Pelletier search the driveway of slain sex offender Joseph L. Gray, 57, in Milo, Maine on Monday, April 17, 2006. Gray and another sex offender, William Elliott, 24, of Corinth, were found shot to death in separate incidents on Sunday. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
2 posted on 04/18/2006 11:59:35 AM PDT by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: freepatriot32

Darn it.. Another Canadian Illegal doing the job that American judges won't do...


3 posted on 04/18/2006 12:04:14 PM PDT by kingu
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To: freepatriot32

Hate it when that happens.


4 posted on 04/18/2006 12:06:13 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: freepatriot32

"Maine Killings Raise Vigilantism Fears"

Tell me... When your children are on the way to school do we "FEAR" vigilanies or Child sex preditors? No wonder people stop reading the papers.


5 posted on 04/18/2006 12:08:00 PM PDT by Walkingfeather (u)
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To: freepatriot32

Less Child molesters, less crime.

The problem is, they should have been executed, not turned loose.

This guy simply did a job that American Justice won't do.


6 posted on 04/18/2006 12:08:32 PM PDT by Leatherneck_MT (An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.)
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To: freepatriot32

"There are going to be crazy people out there," King said.


Yeah like everyone on the sex offender list.


7 posted on 04/18/2006 12:08:35 PM PDT by lakeman (when a marine kills the only thing he feels is the recoil of his rifle)
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To: kingu

Well, its a good start anyway. Wouldn't it be nice if they made this a trend - one for one, illegals and perverts? I wouldn't know who to root for...


8 posted on 04/18/2006 12:09:02 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading since 2004)
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To: freepatriot32
WIlliam Elliot 24, The only problem I have with sex offender registry is this 24 year old might have been 18 at the time having sex with a 17 year old girl. He would still end up on the sex offender registry if convicted, even if the sex was concentual.

So when you see very high numbers in areas, alot are teens that got caught.

9 posted on 04/18/2006 12:15:48 PM PDT by TonyWojo
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To: freepatriot32

Gee that's a real shame pedophiles dead and all.

Oh well, we have to carry on somehow...


10 posted on 04/18/2006 12:16:07 PM PDT by Mikey_1962 (If you build it, they won't come...)
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To: Leatherneck_MT

I don't shed any tears for the sex offenders, but the big risk here is the possibility of mistaken identity--happens often enough that the police get the wrong guy, and they're presumably better trained in investigative techniques than your average Joe Sixpack. Hate for an innocent person to get whacked because some data entry operator keyed in the wrong address in a database.


11 posted on 04/18/2006 12:17:41 PM PDT by kms61
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To: SheLion

is this anywhere near you ?


12 posted on 04/18/2006 12:20:10 PM PDT by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: lakeman

The Canadian was probably a victim of this type of scum.


13 posted on 04/18/2006 12:20:59 PM PDT by stumpy
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One of the victims, Elliott, was convicted of having consentual sex with a girl less than a month away from the age of consent. He was 19 at the time. He was hardly a predator type. That is the problem with the registry in Maine, there is no way to differentiate between the real predators and those who, like Elliott, used poor judgment. There is no suggestion that he was considered an ongoing threat.


14 posted on 04/18/2006 12:21:58 PM PDT by Rocket1968 (Durbin must resign - NOW!)
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To: kms61

I agree entirely, I don't think citizens as individuals should be doing this kind of justice normally. But face it, when the government won't do it's job, someone has to.

Anyone who molests a child and is found guilty of it in a court of law, needs to be executed, and that within 48 hours of his/her conviction.


15 posted on 04/18/2006 12:21:59 PM PDT by Leatherneck_MT (An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.)
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To: freepatriot32

It seems to me that the best way to curb vigilantism would be to keep the rapists locked away.


16 posted on 04/18/2006 12:22:26 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (We Acadiens have nothing to do with Québec)
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To: Walkingfeather
Tell me... When your children are on the way to school do we "FEAR" vigilanies or Child sex preditors?

Now, THAT'S a damn good question. Puts it right into perspective.

Thanks!

17 posted on 04/18/2006 12:24:22 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: kingu

give him an H1b visa. he's got "skills".


18 posted on 04/18/2006 12:24:44 PM PDT by Rakkasan1 (they love you in Mexico until you pay in pesos.)
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To: Rakkasan1

He's dead


19 posted on 04/18/2006 12:31:32 PM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: Abathar
Amen Abathar!

Could the following be applied to the judiciary?

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

20 posted on 04/18/2006 12:31:39 PM PDT by takeemout (God Bless Jesse Helms!)
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