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 . . .