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Crazy People Are Crazy

Posted on | February 11, 2014 | 15 Comments

Because I so often highlight criminal wrongdoing by people associated with the Left, it behooves me not to ignore criminality by people associated with the Right, the latest example of which is a 58-year-old Seattle man once considered a pro-life hero of sorts:

The tips started coming in shortly after authorities released surveillance photos of a man suspected of groping an 11-year-old girl at a Fred Meyer store in Snohomish.
The callers were certain the thin man in glasses was Curtis Anton Beseda, who once served 12 years in federal prison for setting fire to abortion clinics in Western Washington in the 1980s.

Crime is crime, arson is arson, sexual assault is sexual assault and — not to put too fine a point on it — crazy is crazy:

The person who knew Beseda from college described him as having “unique mannerisms” and a condition that apparently compels him to hover at doorways, entering and exiting several times, before finally going in or out, court documents indicate. . . .
The neighbor . . . provided police with Beseda’s license-plate number and a short video she’d taken of him walking to get his mail, according to prosecutors.
The woman told police she took the video because he “had an odd way of walking, counting his steps and avoiding cracks,” according to charging documents. . . .
He served 12 years of a 20-year sentence and was released in 1996, according to court documents.
In 1997 he was taken back into custody on a parole violation and rereleased in 2003, court documents show.
Since then, he has accrued three misdemeanor convictions for criminal trespassing and fourth-degree assault, according to court documents.
The (Everett) Herald reported that Beseda was accused of attempted arson in Snohomish and ordered to undergo a mental-health evaluation in 2004 . . .
Beseda was banned from the church and school grounds of the Immaculate Conception Church in Everett after he was accused of trespassing and obstructing, according to The Herald.
Three years ago, he was arrested in a harassment case in Puyallup, convicted and sent to one of the state’s mental hospitals.

It would now appear in retrospect that the 1983-84 abortion-clinic arsons — which made Beseda seem heroic in the eyes of some pro-lifers — were actually symptomatic of an underlying chronic personality disorder that has gotten progressively worse.

There’s a lesson to be learned here, and I’d probably be able to figure it all out, but I’ve been kind of distracted lately . . .

 

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  • Lloyd Snauwaert

    The left doesn’t have a monopoly on crazy, just a controlling interest…

  • concern00

    I believe that only conservatives are technically crazy; those on the left are simply expressing their true selves.

  • M. Thompson

    Crazy is crazy, and, like stupidity and nuclear power, you don’t want to get the waste anywhere near you.

  • Rain

    see, the difference here is, when a right winger goes off their nut, other right wingers rarely make excuses for their crimes regardless of whether they were useful to the “cause” where as when a left winger goes off their nut, other leftist usually, ignore, obfuscate, twist and outright lie to excuse their behavior BECAUSE they were/are useful to the cause.
    O.o

  • Quartermaster

    I’m not sure this nut is a conservative. More likely just mentally ill.

  • Käthe

    His behavior seems to indicate some kind of perseveration, obsessive thinking. It could point to any of a score of mental illnesses so I wouldn’t dare speculate beyond that, but if it has gotten this far out of control, you can bet he has been socially isolated and essentially broiling in his own insane juices for a very long time.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    He’s like a perverted Monk [the TV Show character, that is].

  • RKae

    In other words, we won’t be putting Beseda in charge of anything, like making him Speaker of the House or Attorney General. And I doubt that our next presidential candidate (if there ever IS another conservative candidate) will begin his campaign in Beseda’s living room. Nor will his image appear on trendy T-shirts.

  • richard mcenroe

    Sounds like it’s time for Sheldon to go on a tristate killing spree on Big Bang Theory…

  • DaveO

    How does bombing abortion clinics make one a right-wing hero? It’s like using Satan’s tactics to convert a person to Christianity. Folks like are human bomb-vests looking for direction.

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Adjoran

    Yeah, nuts. Like Eric Rudolph. Abortion may have been a motivator for these guys, or just the excuse to allow them to act out their sick, violent fantasies.

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Adjoran

    Right, but usually OCD sufferers are just quirky, not crazy or violent or perverted. This guy is on a whole ‘nother level.

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Adjoran

    Exactly. I hate abortion and think the abortion “doctors” are merchants of death, but the idea of bombing or setting fires or shooting unarmed people never even enters my mind.

    We all want to see them out of business, but not murdered.

  • Quartermaster

    We’re crazy, but not insane. Leftists true nature is insanity.

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