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Violence Against Women: Convict Kills His Mother’s Girlfriend and Her Daughter

Posted on | January 11, 2018 | No Comments

Marlin Larice Joseph is accused of murder in Florida.

Marlin Larice Joseph, 26, has tattoos on his face. In 2013, he was charged with “lewd behavior” involving a 13-year-old girl, and was sentenced to prison. He served less than a year of that sentence, and was living with his mother, Robin Denson, in West Palm Beach, Florida:

Wearing a black baseball cap and a gray T-shirt that says “Ben Hustlin All My Life,” Robin Denson spoke to her missing son.
“Marlin, son, I love you,” Denson said, standing in front of the West Palm Beach Police Department on [Jan. 1]. “You know I love you, but please, turn yourself in. If you’re scared to do so, call me.” . . .
She said she’s had no contact with Joseph since he vanished. Denson has no idea where he is.
“We’re all he’s got,” she said as her two other children, Pop and Annie, stood next to their grieving mom for six minutes.
Denson says Marlin was a good kid. He played high school football. He read his Bible every day. “I just don’t know what went wrong,” she said.

Police say where Joseph went wrong — besides his stint in prison and his face tattoos — was murdering his mother’s lesbian girlfriend, Kaladaa Crowell, 36, and Crowell’s 11-year-old daughter, Kyra Inglett:

Upset over an 11-year-old’s “bad attitude,” Marlin Larice Joseph gunned down the girl’s mother, then chased the elementary-school student outside and killed her, recently released West Palm Beach police records show.
Joseph, 26, was arrested [Jan. 2] in Lake Worth on two first-degree murder charges about two hours after authorities caught his 27-year-old cousin using his credit card at a Lantana gas station. Javarie Williams was arrested for reportedly hiding Joseph for days and lying to authorities about his whereabouts. . . .
Joseph’s mother, who was dating the woman her son reportedly killed and considered herself a stepmother to the girl, tearfully pleaded for her son to turn himself in the day before his arrest.
Robin Denson said she was outside the West Palm Beach home [Dec. 28] when her son allegedly fired fatal shots into Kaladaa Crowell, 36, and her 11-year-old daughter, Kyra Inglett.
Police records indicate Crowell and Joseph, who also lived in the 822 Third St. home, had argued that day about the way Kyra “was not getting along with the other children who lived in the home.”
Joseph claimed the 11-year-old, a fifth-grade student at Northboro Elementary School in West Palm Beach, “had a bad attitude,” according to an arrest report.
Shortly after 7 p.m. Joseph’s brother said Joseph walked out of the bedroom they shared. Seconds later, the brother heard a gunshot and found Crowell sitting on the ground.
“Please call 911,” the mother pleaded, according to the police report.
Joseph’s brother ran out the front door and saw another brother wrestling with Joseph.
The second brother told authorities he heard gunfire, then saw Joseph run out of the home behind Kyra and shoot her. Police say the 11-year-old was shot in the head and the right forearm.
The brother grabbed Joseph, trying to keep him from running off, according to a police report.
A third brother, who also saw Joseph shoot Kyra, said Joseph ran back inside the home, fired at least two more shots, then fled in Crowell’s car.

And you thought your family was “dysfunctional”? Here you have two women living together with their five children, and none of the news stories about this case contains a single word about who were the fathers of these various children. Considering Joseph’s criminal record, I’m going to guess his father isn’t exactly a model citizen. One notices that there were at least four different surnames (Denson, Joseph, Crowell, Inglett) among the seven residents of 822 Third St. In this disorderly household, the convicted felon with face tattoos considered himself fit to pass judgment on the “bad attitude” of his mother’s girlfriend’s daughter, a fifth-grader who “was not getting along with the other children who lived in the home.” He decided to settle this domestic conflict with a pistol.

 

Trish Bendix, who for nearly 10 years was editor of the lesbian news site AfterEllen.com, connects this South Florida murder to an upstate New York case we previously covered here, and provocatively asks: “Why Are Black Lesbians And Their Children Being Targeted For Murder?”

The similarities in these two cases are too hard to ignore — black lesbians and their children killed by men who knew them and their families. In 2014, James Larry Cosby was convicted of murdering his daughter, Britney Cosby, and her girlfriend, Crystal Jackson, in Houston. During his trial, friends and family testified that Cosby was vocal about his problem with their relationship and his daughter’s homosexuality, though he never went on record to state his motive.
“These are the things we know. He had resentment. They had a better life. They were being treated differently at [Jackson’s family’s] house,” Capt. Barry Cook, an investigator with the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office said. “He didn’t agree with their lifestyle, but neither did the Jacksons. Were they killed for being gay? Who knows? He’s the only one who knows and he’s not talking.”
While certainly not explicitly specific to black families, familial homophobia is often ignored when it comes to law enforcement declaring something a hate crime. It seems, for some reason, that an anti-lesbian motive isn’t one worth bringing up by anyone other than the prosecution or people that knew the victims well, at least in Cosby’s case. But with what seems like a tragic trend of black lesbians and their children being murdered in their own homes, it’s past time to acknowledge that their being targeted was very specific.

Except correlation is not causation, Ms. Bendix. What you are doing here is what I’ve called the Atrocity Narrative method of propaganda. In a nation of 320 million people, it’s possible to collect a handful of examples of almost any unusual phenomenon (e.g., people having sex with dogs) and portray this as a social “trend.” This was how, for example, the Black Lives Matter movement ginned up a firestorm of anti-police anger, claiming a pattern of racist brutality by white cops, even though as a matter of statistical fact, a police officer is more likely to be killed by a black suspect than vice-versa. Selective media attention to relatively rare incidents — cops shooting unarmed suspects, or lesbians being murdered — can create distorted public perceptions. Yet such distortions are often deliberately created by activists and journalists seeking to promote “social justice” narratives about racism, sexism, homophobia, etc.

Are black lesbians being “targeted” because of their sexuality? Perhaps, but what do we know about the sexuality of the 624 people shot to death last year in Chicago, of whom 78% (502 victims) were black? So far as I know, no one has ever analyzed Chicago’s crime epidemic in terms of its impact on the LGBT community, but what we do know is that 91% of the victims are males, and most of the perpetrators were also male. Chicago is a microcosm of violent crime in the United States, which is disproportionately committed by black males, who are about 6% of the U.S. population, but commit nearly half the country’s violent crimes.

For more than half a century, dating back to “The Moynihan Report” of 1965, social critics have tried to call attention to the correlation between family breakdown in the black community and the problem of poverty and violence. Unfortunately, these concerns have been shouted down with accusations of racism by liberals who insist that, somehow, the prejudices of white people must be to blame for every problem that affects black people. This scapegoating explanation is used by liberals to excuse and justify irresponsible behavior by black people, who are portrayed as helpless “victims of society,” without moral agency over their own individual lives. This belief begets the Officer Krupke syndrome: “I’m depraved on account I’m deprived.”

To explain the murders of Kaladaa Crowell and Kyra Inglett as a consequence of “familial homophobia,” as Ms. Bendix does, you must ignore a whole lot of contrary evidence. You must ignore, for example, the question of why Marlin Joseph, a sex offender with tattoos on his face, was living in the same household with an 11-year-old girl and, also, why this convicted criminal had possession of a pistol. Just ask a few questions: What percentage of the population of West Palm Beach is on probation or parole? What’s the violent crime rate there? How many sex offenders live in the community? Wouldn’t such facts be more relevant than speculation about the influence of “familial homophobia”?

Here’s a fact: Hillary Clinton got 57% of the vote in Palm Beach County. Is there any reason to suspect Marlin Joseph voted for Trump? Of course not, but Trish Bendix is a liberal and liberals don’t care about facts:

In 2017, more LGBTQ people were killed in hate-violence-related homicides than previous years. . . . Of the total number of LGBTQ homicides in 2017, 75% of the victims were people of color; 20 (56%) of the victims were Black. . . .
Researchers posited that Trump’s election and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric coming from his administration, as well as other far right conservatives in states like North Carolina and Texas, had made it somehow more acceptable for some to act on their hatred or dislike for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, trans men or women, and other members of the queer community.
But should those who are motivated by hate crimes are not charged for them, and if the identities and relationships of the victims are ignored as they can often be not just by law enforcement but by the press as well, it will be harder for the community to qualify an epidemic that could threaten to keep growing during a time of civil unrest inspired by those currently in power.
In Trump’s America, black lesbians and their children are being murdered; trans women are being murdered; hate crimes are rampant and can’t and shouldn’t be ignored, especially if this kind of hate is coming from inside our own homes.

So, a convicted sex offender with tattoos on his face kills two people in his mother’s home in the Democrat stronghold of West Palm Beach and, according to Trish Bendix, this is evidence of an “epidemic” of hate crimes caused by “anti-LGBTQ rhetoric” from Trump administration and “far right conservatives.” Meanwhile, in upstate New York, the apparent motive for the December murder of two lesbians and two children was — wait for it — stealing a flat-screen TV. Blame Trump!



 

 

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