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Raped and Killed by the Sequester?

Posted on | June 18, 2013 | 41 Comments

After more than 27 years in the news business, I’m used to reading about frightful events — war, terrorism, catastrophic floods and earthquakes — but every once in a while even I can be stunned into horrified silence when I encounter a sentence like this:

The girl later required surgery, Fitzpatrick said.

Oh. My. God.

Exactly how painfully horrifying that sentence is, you can’t really understand outside the context of the headline:

Lori Bresnahan died trying to save
10-year-old, Onondaga County DA says

The conventions that prohibit journalists from identifying the victims of sexual assault inhibit the Syracuse Post-Standard from saying that the 10-year-old whose life Lori Bresnahan saved was her own daughter. And similar inhibitions — the presumption of innocence, yadda, yadda — require journalists to say that the evil monster who raped that little girl and stabbed her mother to death is merely a “suspect.”

Bresnahan put up a fight and told the girl to run. The girl opened the back door and ran.
As the girl ran away, she noticed Bresnahan was able to break free from the car. She saw Renz chasing Bresnahan around the car, but did not witness the murder.
Two citizens driving on Verplank Road saw the girl running and stopped. They helped her and called 911 at 8:58 p.m. They did not see Renz, who had run into the woods. . . .
State police officers began tracking Renz on foot and with K-9 units. They were helped by the Sheriff’s Office and the Air One Helicopter. At 9:53 p.m., an officer saw a person matching a description of the suspect, stopped his car and tackled David Renz.
Renz had Bresnahan’s keys in his pocket and blood on his clothes, said Fitzpatrick. DNA testing matched the blood to the little girl . . .

He had the little girl’s blood on his clothes. She “later required surgery.”

David Senz is merely accused of this, you see.

The conventions of journalism require us to refer to him as a “suspect” or a “defendant,” and the same was true in January — two months before this brutal atrocity — when 29-year-old David Renz was arrested on a federal child pornography charge.

According to authorities (another one of those journalistic conventions, the attribution necessary to make the libel lawyers happy) David Renz had more than 500 illegal videos and more than 3,000 illegal images stored in encrypted files on his computer.

You might think that if the feds nabbed this kind of pervert criminal accused suspect, they would never turn him loose. But you’re not a Harvard Law graduate like U.S. Magistrate Andrew T. Baxter:

When Renz appeared in U.S. District Court Jan. 11 for a hearing about whether he should be detained over the child pornography charges he was facing, Magistrate Judge Andrew Baxter mentioned that he knew Renz had a juvenile record . . .

What? A juvenile record? Yeah: In 1999, when David Renz was 15, he molested a 9-year-old girl. And then the FBI busts him in January with thousands of child pornography files and, despite knowing that Benz also had a juvenile record, U.S. Magistrate Andrew T. Baxter (J.D., Harvard Law, 1981) turned him loose two days after his Jan. 9 arrest.


Sorry about your vagina, little girl. Too bad about your mom having to watch you get raped by David Renz before he stabbed her to death.

David Renz yearbook photo (left), mug shot (center); Lori Bresnahan (right)

U.S. Magistrate Andrew T. Baxter (J.D., Harvard Law, 1981) has not resigned in disgrace, nor has he been murdered by vengeful relatives of David Renz’s victims, and it seems that most of the community anger has been directed at (a) the state law that requires juvenile records be sealed; and (b) the failure of officials to monitor the GPS tracking device David Renz was ordered to wear.

In fact, David Renz apparently found a way to disable the tracking device without officials immediately noticing what had happened:

The monitoring company didn’t detect anything until Renz had already committed the crimes and was in police custody.
Renz, who has a computer science degree from SUNY Oswego, deactivated his ankle bracelet at 7 p.m., according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Fletcher. . . .
Police said Renz followed the child out of the CNY Gym Centre around 9 p.m. He tied up Bresnahan and raped the child in the mall parking lot, police said . . .
The device is supposed to immediately notify probation officers that it has been tampered with, but Renz was able to somehow alter it so this didn’t happen. It wasn’t until 11:30 p.m. that the company, BI of Boulder, Colo., noticed that there had been no movement from Renz’s bracelet for hours and notified the U.S. Probation Office.
By that time, Bresnahan was dead, a 10-year-old had been brutally attacked and Renz was in police custody.

“Hey, we turn loose dangerous perverts and make them promise to wear GPS monitors. What could possibly go wrong?”

Amid this nightmare carnival of incompetence, perversity and evil, the one group of people we can still rely on are county jail inmates:

Authorities say a man accused of killing a Syracuse woman and raping her 10-year-old daughter during a carjacking was beaten and suffered a broken nose on his first day in jail. . . .
Sheriff Kevin Walsh told the newspaper he was looking into why Renz was put into a holding area with other prisoners.
So they can pin a medal on the deputy who made that decision.

OK, maybe I added that last sentence. But there’s a long list of people involved in this case who probably need a good stomping, and a Democrat congressman has added his name to the list:

The top official supervising the federal court system, Judge Thomas Hogan, wrote in a letter to the local congressman that the suspect in the March 14 crime, David Renz, “was not supervised in a manner typical of federal probation and pretrial services practices.”
Hogan also blamed federal budget reductions for the carjacking murder of a school librarian, who police say was stabbed to death after trying to save her daughter from Renz.
“Funding for salaries and operations in the probation and pretrial services system has been reduced 14 percent this fiscal year,” Hogan wrote in the his letter to Rep. Dan Maffei, New York Democrat, adding that “resources for monitoring, mental health and substance abuse treatment have been cut 20 percent.”
Officials in the Syracuse office charged with supervising Renz after he was released by a federal magistrate in January “have denied that personnel shortages played any role in the Renz case,” according to the Syracuse Post Standard. However, Maffei cited the case Monday in a speech on the House floor, saying that “an innocent woman was stabbed to death [and] an innocent child was sexually assaulted” and that the ability of federal courts “to keep this from happening again is limited because their funding was cut.” …
Monday, the congressman who represents the upstate New York district blamed federal spending cuts for the crime, saying that ending the curent budget sequester — implemented to reduce the federal deficit — is an obligation Congress owes to Renz’s victims. “We owe them a guarantee that this cannot happen again,” Maffei said in his House floor speech. “We owe them an end to sequester cuts affecting our federal probation system.” . . .

Read the whole thing at Viral Read. It’s already linked by Jeff Goldstein at Protein Wisdom and Meredith Jessup at The Blaze.

And rather than fume with helpless outrage — sure, you want to stomp Dan Maffei into a bloody pulp, but that would be illegal, and you’re probably not a Democrat, so you have to obey the law — maybe you could just send a check:

The Lori Bresnahan Memorial Fund
Edge Federal Credit Union
7545 Morgan Road
Liverpool, NY 13090

An ancient proverb: Better to light a candle than to curse those worthless assholes like Dan Maffei who blame Republicans for the darkness.



41 Responses to “Raped and Killed by the Sequester?”

  1. DaveO
    June 18th, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

    I am waiting for a lawyer to put forward the defense that the murder and rape were Post-Birth Abortions. That should get Renz worshipped by the Feminazis.
    As for Harvard lawyers – ALL lawyers are the problem. Take them all out on a ship, maybe to the South African Cape, and sink the ship. See who wins: Great Whites or lawyers.

  2. Bob Belvedere
    June 18th, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

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  3. joethefatman
    June 18th, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

    McCain you’re a better man than I if you can write about something like that and not go hunt the SOB down and exact justice with a 2×4 with nails. Inserted rectally. Sideways

  4. Mike G.
    June 18th, 2013 @ 9:03 pm

    Then you’d be in trouble with the animal rights activists for poisoning the sharks. ( The fish, not the lawyers. 😉 )

  5. robertstacymccain
    June 18th, 2013 @ 9:07 pm

    Actually the link is to the American Spectator item that links the Viral Read article. “Share the love” principle.

  6. robertstacymccain
    June 18th, 2013 @ 9:10 pm

    Well, like I said, you cover a lot of horrifying stories over the course of a career. For example, last year, I covered the Mitt Romney campaign.

  7. Bob Belvedere
    June 18th, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

    It was the ‘Read More’ link on the main TOM page I misunderstood. Long day, Breeze.

  8. Jerry Stratton
    June 18th, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

    But at least we had enough money to track a single wolf from Oregon to California and back again.

  9. DaveO
    June 18th, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

    And that’s AFTER covering the Cain Campaign. Was Cain the Prequel, or the Sequel?

  10. ChandlersGhost
    June 18th, 2013 @ 9:33 pm

    Dan Maffei should be in the same holding cell with Renz and the other animals.

  11. joethefatman
    June 18th, 2013 @ 9:38 pm

    I would’ve been proud to have voted for Cain. Let’s just say I voted for Romney.

  12. Finrod Felagund
    June 18th, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

    What he said.

  13. Finrod Felagund
    June 18th, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

    If Dan Maffei can’t find another government program to cut in order to fund what he thinks needs funding, he needs to either STFU or cover the cost out of his own pocket. After all, he’s expecting us to cover it out of our pockets.

  14. robertstacymccain
    June 18th, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

    Also, Michelle and First Daughters are dining with Bono in Ireland and staying in a luxury hotel.

    Because … priorities.

  15. Paul Mlckovsky
    June 18th, 2013 @ 10:01 pm

    … how sick and disgusting .. these idiots should be held accountable , and fired on the spot … please contribute to the Memorial Fund .. I will , when I can … I think that it is about time to lift the juvenile shield on having their records sealed when they turn 18 …

  16. Finrod Felagund
    June 18th, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

    Whoops, that comment looks like it needs editing.

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  18. RMNixonDeceased
    June 18th, 2013 @ 10:13 pm

    RT @AmPowerBlog: “OK, maybe I added that last sentence.” via @RSMcCain

  19. reese0325
    June 18th, 2013 @ 10:14 pm

    Raped and Killed by the Sequester? The Judge should get a beat-down and this SLUG should be TORTURED 2 death!

  20. RMNixonDeceased
    June 18th, 2013 @ 10:15 pm

    “… how sick and disgusting .. these idiots should be held accountable , and fired on the spot…” — Paul Mlckovsky

  21. RMNixonDeceased
    June 18th, 2013 @ 10:16 pm

    “Also, Michelle and First Daughters are dining with Bono in Ireland and staying in a luxury…” — robertstacymccain

  22. RMNixonDeceased
    June 18th, 2013 @ 10:16 pm

    “McCain you’re a better man than I if you can write about something like that and not go hunt the…” — joethefatman

  23. RMNixonDeceased
    June 18th, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

    “Then you’d be in trouble with the animal rights activists for poisoning the sharks. ( The fish, not the…” — Mike G.

  24. ChandlersGhost
    June 18th, 2013 @ 10:26 pm

    Obviously, what the nation needs is more Deputy Administrators to the Sub-Office of the Diversity Administration’s LGBT Council. Anything else would be racist.

  25. BeccaJLower
    June 18th, 2013 @ 10:38 pm

    @rsmccain: “OK, maybe I added that last sentence.” #tcot

  26. jimmiebjr
    June 18th, 2013 @ 10:38 pm

    RT @BeccaJLower: @rsmccain: “OK, maybe I added that last sentence.” #tcot

  27. rsmccain
    June 18th, 2013 @ 10:40 pm

    RT @BeccaJLower: @rsmccain: “OK, maybe I added that last sentence.” #tcot

  28. Garym
    June 18th, 2013 @ 11:40 pm

    I’ll say it again. Chemical castration with lye, with an alkalinity of 14, would be too nice for these animals. And that goes for the rapist/murderer as well.

  29. Matthew T. Mason
    June 18th, 2013 @ 11:44 pm

    Looking at his picture it is all I can do to keep from wanting to bash the bleeper’s head in.

  30. Adjoran
    June 18th, 2013 @ 11:56 pm


    But neither Maffei nor the Judge have enough credibility to make such a charge over the funding. Let’s see the entire budget for the division, and see what was NOT cut, for starters, and then exactly how much if any the monitoring budget was cut.

    Then let them explain how more money in the budget would have prevented the perp from disabling the device, or would have enabled the monitoring firm to detect it sooner.

    Democrats are lying filth who often attempt to use horrific events to justify their evil designs and projects, so they do not deserve the benefit of the doubt.

  31. mamawagsx2
    June 19th, 2013 @ 1:03 am

    RT @rsmccain: He had the little girl’s blood on his clothes. She “later required surgery.” Oops! Did I forget to say…

  32. 1sfreedom
    June 19th, 2013 @ 2:10 am

    Raped and Killed by the Sequester?

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  34. Bob Belvedere
    June 19th, 2013 @ 8:30 am


  35. _redhaze_
    June 19th, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    RT @joethefatman1: Raped and Killed by the Sequester? –

  36. awild_1
    June 19th, 2013 @ 9:13 am

    Our legal system

  37. Quartermaster
    June 19th, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

    Nothing would happen. The Sharks would take one look, then refuse to bite because of professional courtesy.

  38. JustPlainBill
    June 19th, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

    Raped and Killed by the Sequester?

  39. ThomasD
    June 19th, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

    On the plus side you did not require reconstructive surgery.

    If that judge and DA have an ounce of humanity left they needs to be wholly funding an educational trust for the child at a minimum.

  40. DaveO
    June 19th, 2013 @ 8:08 pm

    I wonder who the next one will be? Who’s senior in the Establishment, has voted safely GOP, not conservative, whose turn it is to take up the banner?

    My bet is Lamar Alexander.

    Bloggers make great, inexpensive forums for testing messages to focus groups.

  41. rsmccain
    June 22nd, 2013 @ 10:33 pm

    @rachiez3 Ever hear of a guy named David Renz? His first sex offense was when he was 15. And then …