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Some Creepy People Get Arrested, and Speaking of Brett Kimberlin …

Posted on | July 20, 2013 | 51 Comments

. . . John Hoge reports something interesting about how certain Web domains are hosted in the Netherlands:

Of course, using an off-shore ISP allows Team Kimberlin to avoid having the actual identity of the person or organization responsible for the domain being identified through a subpoena to the ISP.

The Netherlands, huh? That struck me as oddly interesting, because the Netherlands has kind of a reputation as an international pervert-magnet, and as for offshore Web hosting . . .

Deception and secrecy are essential to the kind of concealment necessary to criminal enterprises. Gosh, do we know anyone with a history of involvement in criminal enterprises?

“Brett C. Kimberlin schemed to elude justice with a series of bizarre plots designed to murder, maim and rob his enemies, create havoc . . . and discredit the chief government prosecutor.”
Joe Gelarden, “Kimberlin case a maze of murder, deceit,” Indianapolis Star, Oct. 18, 1981

So now we find a number of Web sites that John Hoge says are associated with “Team Kimberlin,” operating in the secretive manner of a criminal enterprise with an ISP in the Netherlands. You might well ask, what other online activities are the Dutch infamous for?

When international police teams revealed [in March 2011] what they described as the biggest online pedophile network uncovered so far, the numbers were staggering: 670 suspects, 230 rescued children and 184 arrests across 30 countries. . . .
Details of the ring came out Wednesday when Amir Ish-Hurwitz, a 37-year-old Dutch resident whom investigators identified as the founder and owner of the Internet forum, was jailed by a court in The Hague. . . .

Readers may recall that this was the network that included gay pedophiles Peter Truong and Mark Newton. It was an international network, but the founder and owner of the forum was based in the Netherlands, because Dutch law permits the kind of secret Web hosting on which such a criminal enterprise depended.

The Netherlands actually has a rather notorious history in this regard that predates the Internet, mainly because of the Dutch pedophile journal Paidika, whose editors and contributors included a number of Dutch academics. The second issue of Paidika included an article entitled, “The Dutch Paedophile Emancipation Movement,” which makes for quite creepy reading. This is relevant background:

Theo Sandfort, a Dutch academic and member of Paidika‘s editorial board . . . contributed an article entitled “Constructive Questions Regarding Paedophilia” to the third issue of the journal in 1988, contributed another article (“The World is Bursting with Adults, so I’m always Glad to See a Little Girl”) to the eighth issue in 1992, and published a two-part article (“The Sexual Experiences of Children”) in consecutive issues of Paidika in 1993 and ’94.
For several years, Professor Sandfort wrote about almost nothing else. He is author of the 2001 book Childhood Sexuality and co-edited the 1990 book Male Intergenerational Intimacy with fellow Paidika contributor Edward Brongersma, [a Dutch lawyer and politician] who was convicted for having sex with a 16-year-old boy. Readers will perhaps not be surprised to learn that Sandfort is now on the faculty of Columbia University.

 So . . . the Netherlands. Strange to say, despite their country’s status as an international pervert-magnet, the Dutch haven’t actually legalized sex with children, as the pedophile pornographer (and Paidika contributor) Lawrence Stanley discovered:

In 1998, a Dutch court convicted Stanley in absentia for sexual abuse of three children ages 7 to 10. . . . He faces a three-year prison sentence if he returns to the Netherlands.

This helped explain why in 2002 Stanley was arrested in Brazil, which does not have an extradition treaty with the Netherlands.

So . . . the Netherlands. That certainly struck me as an interesting place for “Team Kimberlin” to do its secret Web hosting.

“A drug-dealing colleague had memories of conversations with Kimberlin that struck him as odd: ‘We’d see a girl, who was pubescent or prepubescent, and Brett would get this smile and say, “Hey, what do you think? Isn’t she great?” It made me very uncomfortable.’ Another recalled Kimberlin introducing Jessica as ‘my girlfriend,’ and if irony was intended, it was too subtle to register. To a coworker . . . Sandi confided that Kimberlin was ‘grooming Jessica to be his wife.'”
Mark Singer, Citizen K: The Deeply Weird American Journey of Brett Kimberlin, Page 78

“Oh, give me a break,” one imagines Kimberlin’s defenders saying, “that was decades ago — the 1970s — certainly it is grossly unfair to resurrect such ancient history.” Yes, and after Brett Kimberlin was released from federal prison, in 1996 when he was 41 years old, what do we read about his first rock music album?

Not all the songs on his album … have political overtones … others, like “Waiting to Meet” and “Teen Dream” (both about having sex with teenage girls) are lacking in subtlety and tend to make one squirm. But this is exactly what Kimberlin wants.
“I say things a lot of people are afraid to say. Yeah, ‘Teen Dream’ is about f–king a teenage girl. Every guy who’s seen a good-looking teenage girl has thought about it. I’m talking about that lecherous quality that every man, though he won’t act on it, has.”

Songs “about having sex with teenage girls,” did you say? Songs “lacking in subtlety” that “tend to make one squirm,” you say? There’s nothing remotely suspicious — certainly no indication of a persistent tendency — when a 41-year-old paroled convict writes songs like that. It’s not as if Kimberlin then went out and married a girl 27 years younger than him, right? What’s that you say?

Tetyana Kimberlin, 32, sought a domestic protective order [July 9] saying her husband had “been going by my work and telling my employer I am going to be arrested,” and that Kimberlin, 59, “had me arrested before on false charges.” . . .
“He told me if I will try to take my kids with me he will hurt me and I will see what will happen to me,” Kimberlin’s Russian-born wife wrote in her petition for a protection order, a case that was heard Tuesday in Silver Spring, Maryland. “He tells my 14-year-old about his plans about me and what he is going to do with me.” . . .

So . . . the Netherlands. It’s probably just a coincidence that somebody on “Team Kimberlin” knows about the secrecy that Dutch law affords to Internet hosting in the Netherlands. But it’s surprising what you find if you Google for news about the Netherlands:

As part of its attempt to combat a growing trend of online sexual exploitation, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced on Monday that 255 suspected child predators had been arrested during a nearly five-week sting operation.
Operation iGuardian, as it was called, was run as a part of the agency’s larger Operation Predator and sought to identify and arrest those who allegedly “own, trade and produce” child pornography in the United States and its territories. So far in 2013, the agency has arrested 1,674 people for this type of crime, and more than 10,000 in the last decade.
Authorities also identified and rescued 61 alleged victims in the United States, Canada, Indonesia and the Netherlands . . .

Yeah, some creepy people get arrested, like the headline said. And you might be shocked what some people say about Brett Kimberlin.

Or maybe not.


UPDATE: You discover odd things while researching Dutch pedophiles. Edward Brongersma was a 39-year-old member of the Dutch parliament in 1950 when he caught having sex with a 16-year-old boy and subsequently became quite a notorious crusader for legalizing sex with boys. The search for biographical information about him led me to the case of a Canadian man, Robin Sharpe, who cited two books by Brongersma (Loving Boys and Male Intergenerational Intimacy) as evidence in his own trial for child pornography.

Sharpe’s legal problems began in 1995 when, at age 62, he was arrested for possession of more than 500 explicit photographs of boys, and was also charged with distributing pornographic writings of his own: “My erotic, often sadomasochisticly themed boy stories titled BOYABUSE: Flogging, Fun and Fortitude … were the principal material evidence against me.”

Believe it or not, Sharpe somehow managed a successful appeal of that conviction, but was subsequently arrested again, this time on sexual assault charges. It had been discovered that some of the photos in Sharp’s pornographic collection depicted a boy whom Sharpe had abused years earlier, from 1979 to 1982, when Sharpe was in his 40s and the boy was ages 11-14. You may wish to read Sharpe’s account of one of his hearings, which includes this:

[A constable who testified for the prosecution] was out to discredit Brongersma by any means.
This upset me, I became quite emotional and had to wipe away my tears. Edward Brongersma was a friend. He had died only a few months earlier. I encountered him first in print, quoted in some book I was reading, and later I bought his Loving Boys study, a major purchase for me at almost a hundred dollars. In 1991 I began corresponding with Dr. Brongersma through the Brongersma Foundation as I had heard they archived boylove material. Not many people liked my more bizarre stuff anyway . . . Brongersma liked my “atrocious” stories and we found we had certain interests in common including Filipino culture. . . . We wrote back and forth at least monthly for years. . . . I hope some day to publish his letters. I had kept him informed of my case.

Well, there you go, eh? Sharpe was utterly shameless about his peculiar interests, and seemed to view himself as horribly oppressed by anyone who thought there was anything wrong with it. And the conclusion of Sharpe’s account is weirdly amusing:

On the last [day of this court session] a friend of many years whom I had met in his teens was the only spectator there at the end. It was late, after 7:30, we went out for falafels on the Granville Mall and then walked down to a coffee house in “Little Amsterdam” by Victory Square to play backgammon and smoke a joint. I really needed it.

Canadians: Almost as Bad as the Dutch!



51 Responses to “Some Creepy People Get Arrested, and Speaking of Brett Kimberlin …”

  1. RMNixonDeceased
    July 23rd, 2013 @ 5:46 pm

    “He must have the world’s shortest legs.” — robcrawford2