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A Grim Anniversary in Kansas

Posted on | December 20, 2020 | Comments Off on A Grim Anniversary in Kansas

Twenty years ago this week, the people of Wichita, Kansas, awakened to startling news: Four people had been murdered — shot to death, execution-style — after an ordeal of sadistic torture. The only surviving witness, a 25-year-old school teacher, had been shot in the back of the head and left for dead with her four friends. Somehow, she not only survived being shot, but walked a mile through the snow, naked and barefoot, to summon help. She was able to give police a description of the two men who had perpetrated what became known as “The Wichita Massacre,” and everyone who learned about the crime was horrified.

The thing is that most people never heard of this atrocity. The national media ignored The Wichita Massacre because the perpetrators were black and the victims were white. So it was never reported on CNN or NBC, CBS, ABC, NPR — none of the media that have devoted endless hours to promoting the Black Lives Matter movement ever gave a minute of time to the murders committed by Reginald and Jonathan Carr:

The Carr brothers were from Dodge City. Both 22-year-old Reginald and 20-year-old Jonathan had lengthy criminal records.
On December 8, 2000, having recently arrived in Wichita, they robbed and wounded 23-year-old Andrew Schreiber, an assistant baseball coach. Three days later, on December 11, they shot and mortally wounded 55-year-old cellist and librarian Ann Walenta as she tried to escape from them in her car. She died three days later in hospital from her wounds.
On December 14, the brothers broke into a house at 12727 E Birchwood Drive in Wichita.

What the Carr brothers did inside that house is so grotesque I won’t even bother summarizing it, except to say they were convicted of nearly 100 felony counts, including kidnapping and rape, in addition to multiple counts of murder. While there was no evidence that what happened was a “hate crime” — robbery appears to have been the motive — several commentators at the time noticed that the Carr brothers had targeted only white victims, which at least suggested that these two criminal predators had a distinct preference in terms of their chosen prey.

In 2014, there was outrage when the Kansas State Supreme Court overturned the death sentences against the Carr brothers. Two years later, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 8-1 to restore those death sentences. During oral arguments, Justice Samuel Alito said the Carr brothers had commited “some of the most horrendous murders that I have seen in my 10 years here, and we see practically every death penalty case that comes up anywhere in the country. These have to rank as among the worst.” In his majority opinion, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote: “These defendants tortured their victims, acts of almost inconceivable cruelty and depravity described firsthand for the jury by the lone survivor.”

The point that cannot be overlooked in this case is that these murders never would have happened if Jonathan and Reginald Carr hadn’t been turned loose on the streets after their previous crimes. Anyone who pays attention to news about crime and justice recognizes the pattern — career criminals, set free on probation or parole, tend to escalate the severity of their crimes. Over and over, you see that murders are perpetrated by criminals who already had a lengthy record of “minor” crimes.

Yet we find that “progressives” believe that we are locking up too many criminals. Just pray that none of the monsters turned loose by Soros-sponsored district attorneys like L.A.’s George Gascon ever show up in your community. The national media will ignore your death.



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