Thursday, June 22, 2006

A Geographical Question

I'm trying to figure just where in the Inferno would Dante place one particular Texas offender (sorry, "alleged offender", since the jury at his trial has not yet found him guilty, and he claims it's all lies stirred up by an unrelated child custody dispute). Advice from any experts on this medieval eschatology would be appreciated.

Should it be the Second Circle, where the lustful "are blown about to and fro by a violent storm, without hope of rest"? No, the crime there is more against your own soul than someone else's person.

The outer ring of the Seventh Circle, where those violent against persons stand in a river of boiling blood? Probably not, since the viciousness here, while certainly a form of rape, may not have involved actual force or the threat of it.

Maybe the first ditch of the Eighth Circle (for the fraudulent), with other seducers force to "walk in separate lines in opposite directions, whipped by demons"? Not enough -- this was not just deceit, but using (at least psychological) intimidation to seize an innocent's body for his own pleasure.

Finally, I think he has to be put into the Ninth Circle with other traitors, specifically in the first zone, encased in ice with other traitors to their own kindred.

While his political activity is irrelevant to the horror of the acts that he is on trial for, I can certainly say this does seem all in character.

The terrible tale is in yesterday's McAllen Monitor:
Political consultant and ad producer Carey Lee Cramer is expected to testify today defending himself against charges he sexually molested two young girls. ...

Cramer's alleged victims are relatives.

In 2000, Cramer produced an anti-Al Gore television ad accusing the Clinton-Gore administration of giving nuclear technology to China in return for campaign contributions.

Cramer's commercial showed a young girl picking daisy petals and ends with a nuclear blast, a remake of a 1964 ad by Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson's campaign against Republican Barry Goldwater. Cramer's ad made national news, though he refused to identify who financed the commercial. One of the girls in the ad stands as his accuser now.

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