Posted on | April 15, 2014 | 13 Comments
Murder and rape charges were filed Monday against two registered sex offenders accused of killing four women who vanished from the streets of Orange County.
Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, were formally charged Monday with murder in the commission of rape and lying in wait, accusations that would make them subject to the death penalty.
Both have prior convictions, and have done time in prison for sex crimes against a child under the age of 14.
The two transients were arrested Friday in an industrial area of Anaheim, not far from the trash-sorting facility where the body of 21-year-old Jarrae Nykkole Estepp was found last month on a conveyor belt.
Police have not said whether they have found the bodies of the other women, who all went missing last fall.
(Hat-tip: Donald Douglas on Twitter.) This is typical of how the media manipulate discussion of “the homeless,” who can only be presented as sympathetic sufferers. Therefore, a homeless person arrested for a serious crime will be described as “transient,” or “with no fixed address.” This was apparent more than 10 years ago:
Brian David Mitchell was in many ways typical of the homeless, with a history of substance abuse and symptoms of mental illness.
It was not until his arrest [in March 2003] in the kidnapping of Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart, however, that the self-anointed “prophet” brought attention to another aspect of America’s homeless problem: As many as half of the homeless have criminal records, and some have committed serious violent crimes, including rape and murder.
“There’s no question that a certain percentage of homeless people on the street are dangerous or violent,” said Heather Mac Donald, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute who has written extensively on the issue. “These are not gentle lambs.”
Miss Mac Donald said liberal activists achieved a “public relations coup” by popularizing the term “homeless” and creating an image of the people once commonly called “bums” as harmless and innocent victims of society. . . .