Jerry Sandusky: Send the Devil Down to Hell

Jerry Sandusky wasn’t sentenced to death, but in reality, he got a death sentence and it couldn’t happen to a more deserving bastard.

Thirty years in prison for a 68-year-old man is a death sentence.  At least it is if there’s any damn justice left in the world.

In letters written by  Sandusky and his wife, Dottie, they admitted nothing, apologized for nothing and accused every one of conspiring against them:

“The system protected the system, the media, the prosecution, the civil attorneys and the accusers. Everybody protected themselves.  Penn State, with its own system, protected their public image.   Media protected their jobs and ambitions. Prosecutors protected their jobs and egos. The accusers were protected and provided access to potential financial gain, free attorneys, accolades, psychologists and attention.”

“There were so many people involved in the orchestration of this conviction (media, investigators, prosecutors, “the system,” Penn State and the accusers.) It was well done. They won!”

Nobody won anything.  One evil man has been punished, but nowhere near as much as his victims were punished by his depravity and the indifference of Penn State officials who literally turned their backs on them.   Locking up a pedophile doesn’t end pedophilia.   Because so many who could have done the right thing and stopped Sandusky did nothing instead does that mean those who enable sexual predators to prey on innocents will do the right thing next time?

Sandusky had to face his victims during sentencing and hear their pain and anger.

 Victim Number 5:  “The sentence will never erase what he did to me. It will never make me whole.  He must pay for his crimes, take into account the tears, the pain, the private anguish.  The pain is real and it will be inside me forever.”

Victim Number 4: “I will not forgive you, Jerry Sandusky.  I will not forgive you, but I ask that all the other victims forgive me for not coming forward sooner.”

Victim Number 6:  “As I try to put this 1998 incident into focus, I realize now how you manipulated me and what you did to me. I thought you were an incredible person. I now know the truth. … The person I was, I changed, I became a social outcast. I didn’t know how to process (what you did to me).  If you seek forgiveness, Jesus will forgive you. There’s not any other way. Please repent, or there is a bigger judgment to come.”

Sandusky did not apologize to his victims.  Why would he when he considered himself the only victim here and the boys he molested as nothing but liars exploiting him?   I’m not a psychologist, but I recognize someone who has no compassion, no mercy and no concern for others.

Many people are tired of the Sandusky case.  That’s understandable.   It’s a sickening story with plenty of villains, no heroes and certainly no happy endings for anybody.   Reading the details of what he did to those kids is bad enough.   Then you read the Freeh Report of how Joe Paterno and the leadership of Penn State covered up for Sandusky and you want to get your hands around their wretched necks as much as his.

“The most saddening finding by the Special Investigative Counsel is the total and consistent disregard by the most senior leaders at Penn State for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims…

Four of the most powerful people at The Pennsylvania State University—President Graham B. Spanier, Senior Vice President-Finance Gary C. Schultz, Athletic Director Timothy M. Curley and Head Football Coach Joseph V. Paterno—failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade. These men concealed Sandusky’s activities from the Board of Trustees, the University community and authorities. They exhibited a striking lack of empathy for Sandusky’s victims by failing to inquire as to their safety and well-being, especially by not attempting to determine the identity of the child who Sandusky assaulted in the Lasch Building in 2001.”

Spanier, Schultz and Curley  should be riding along with Sandusky on that bus trip to the Big House.    Paterno is dead, but lived just long enough to see his name turned to shit and forced to resign in disgrace.

He got off easy.   Easier than Sandusky.   He’s still alive and will get  his three hots and a cot.   All n’ all not a bad deal for a scumbag whose natural life will end behind bars and more likely than not will not face the same degradations he inflicted upon others.

In some ways, Sandusky, who has been held in isolation in a county jail since he was found guilty in June, is not a prime target for assault. Inmates who are young and small in stature are more likely to be sexually victimized; Sandusky is a senior citizen with an imposing frame. Other inmates at high risk include gay men, those who have been previously victimized and those seen as timid or feminine.

A convicted sex offender who spent 10 years in prison and now works with other released sex offenders through the Pennsylvania Prison Society said he believes Sandusky’s chances of assault are low.

“Are people going to bother him? Yeah, but a lot of it’s going to be verbal harassment – it’s not going to be physical,” said the 52-year-old man from the Philadelphia suburbs, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the stigma attached to sex offenses. “Because again, he’s an old guy; people aren’t into that. The verbal abuse is probably going to be significant. He’s going to have to have a thick skin.”

Oh yeah.   Real thick skin.  Not so thick that Sandusky is likely to be raped in the way he raped others, but can he grow skin thick enough to deflect a strategically  placed shank?

Doubtful.   Extremely doubtful.

Since it’s not likely Jerry Sandusky is going to end up as somebody’s prison bitch, am I hoping another inmate cuts his throat?  Of course not.

But I won’t say it would ruin my day if someone does.

All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

Dereliction of Duty

The football god that failed

The death of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno at age 85 brings down the curtain on one of the most storied careers in college football.   Conversely, it also punctuates one of the most unexpected and saddest falls from grace any man of his stature has ever suffered.

The Paterno apologists wasted no time attempting to recast him as a martyr who was sacrificed by Penn State officials who fired him in the wake of Paterno failing to take decisive action against former assistant Jerry Sandusky who was indicted for multiple counts of child molestation.

Paterno himself avoided prosecution, but in the court of public opinion he was found guilty of dereliction of duty.   Sandusky was the one who committed criminal acts of extreme depravity.  Paterno’s role in this tragedy is somewhat more murky.

He most certainly does deserve his share of the blame.

Paterno is a legend, but he tainted his legacy by his appalling moral failing to act to intervene and stop children from suffering. Joe Pa deserves credit for the thousands of young men he helped as a great football coach and he deserves the condemnation he is receiving for his cowardly avoidance to take swift and decisive action.

“I didn’t know exactly how to handle it and I was afraid to do something that might jeopardize what the university procedure was. So I backed away and turned it over to some other people, people I thought would have a little more expertise than I did. It didn’t work out that way.”

Didn’t know exactly how to handle it? Here’s a suggestion. Pick up a phone and call a cop. You are Joe Paterno. You are Penn State. If you say, “Hey, I think Jerry Sandusky is raping kids. Come arrest his ass” Jerry Sandusky’s ass will be arrested and he won’t be raping kids in the locker room shower.

Paterno’s buck-passing excuse strains credulity.  When a child’s safety is at stake the right thing to do is to take charge of the situation, not farm it out to someone else in a sorry stab at covering your own ass.   It would have been better to accuse Sandusky and be wrong than to shuffle it off to bureaucrats without Paterno’s stature to clean up the mess.

If not for the Sandusky scandal we could simply state our sympathy for his family, acknowledge his greatness as a football coach, wonder if he hung around a little too long and let it go at that.

I can’t do that. I won’t do that because to do so is to absolve Paterno from the responsibility any adult has to take action when they suspect a child is being molested. Whether you’re a living legend or the next door neighbor, you have to step up to the plate to protect the innocent. Paterno’s failure to do so was a reprehensible and contemptible act.

The old ball coach faced a moment that required him to call upon his courage.  He punted

Paterno is out of his pain and misery. For the victims of Jerry Sandusky, their pain and misery continues.

American Horror Story

The "j" in J"oseph" is missing. So is his sense of decency.

There’s never a shortage of ugly, unsettling stories to choose from, but stories don’t get grimmer, uglier or much more unsettling than the scandalous revelations of Jerry Sandusky an accused pedophile, former coach and colleague of legendary football coach, Joe Paterno.

Sandusky faces the end of his life behind bars.  Paterno who reported to university officials he had been informed Sandusky was observed fondling a 10-yr-old boy in a locker room shower was fired which sparked rioting on the campus by a mob of supporters.   The foul details of Sandusky’s crimes against children are laid out in the grand jury report.

It is a soul-searing, heartbreaking and sordid read.  You come away from reading it convinced of two things:  Sandusky is a monster and the all the Penn State officials did nothing and allowed him to destroy the lives of children.

There is nothing in the document that indicts the football program itself.  –

Everyone has an opinion on Paterno’s ignoble demise as a coach and the Penn State pedophile scandal. There’s no doubt this is an America horror story, but as the story is less than a week old, isn’t it too soon to draw too many conclusions?

There’s nothing more repulsive than a pedophile and I hate them like God hates sin.

But somehow it is the Penn State football program that’s been tried, found guilty and some have suggested it is the program that should suffer a “death penalty”.

Really?  Why?  The football players shouldn’t suffer for the actions of an ex-coach and the head coach’s ineffective and morally dubious decisions.  I fail to understand how football became the great evil at work here instead of one sick and twisted deviant who preyed on children.

First historic, now notorious.

Everyone is justifiably upset and angry, but are misdirecting that outrage to the sport and not the exploiter who used the sport to exploit innocents.

The football players are not responsible for what Sandusky did or what Paterno did not do. Everyone and their brother who has a bone to pick with college football is using this tragic situation to nurse their little grudges.

I wish there were as much sympathy for the children as there is misdirected hostility toward Nittany Lions football.

The thing is, not everyone goes to college for an education. Some go because it’s their path to the NFL or NBA. Big-time college sports are the most crooked, corrupt and exploitative game in town, but killing off Penn State’s football program solves NONE of the ills that plague college football. That’s like tearing off your arm because you cut your finger.

I understand the need some people have to “do something” since they aren’t patient enough to wait for the legal process to do its thing.

Instead, let’s do something dramatic, sweeping and personally satisfying. I know! Let’s get rid of Penn State football. Yeah, that will fix everything. In fact, why not shut down the entire Big Ten? Between Penn State and Ohio State, that’s two outlaw programs we’ll never be bothered with again.

One question: how does any of this prevent pedophiles from preying on children? The short answer is it won’t.

The face of pure evil.

I don’t even like college football. I prefer the NFL and look how many wife beaters, drug addicts, borderline psychopaths and even killers have played in that league. But I’m not going to stop watching the NFL because of the bad actions of a few assholes. O.J. Simpson retired from football wearing the gold and crimson of my favorite team, the San Francisco 49ers. You think I’m going to call for the 49ers to disband because Simpson killed two people?

Hell no, I’m not. You get a bad carton of milk, you pour it out. You don’t go hunt down the farmer and kill him and the cow.

There are disturbing reports that Sandusky may have “loaned” the children he abused out to others.  Pedophiles sometimes prey in packs, so we may just be staring at the tip of the iceberg.

However, that is still something for the investigations and legal process to uncover.   That’s a longer and less immediately satisfying process, but it makes a damn sight more sense to me than punishing everyone who is part of Penn State football, but has nothing to do with this mess.

I’m not an advocate of “solutions” that work along the lines of killing everyone and saying, “We had to sacrifice some of the innocent, but we’re pretty sure we got all the guilty.”

It’s easy to blame college football programs for this, but to do so goes far too easy on the (alleged) crimes of Jerry Sandusky. Don’t get it twisted. Joe Paterno didn’t do the right thing and his legacy has been forever stained by doing only the bare minimum instead of moving aggressively to protect children from a pedophile.

Sandusky is the bad guy here. Paterno and other Penn State officials enabled Sandusky by doing as little as possible.   Sandusky is going to end his wretched existence behind the walls of a cell where he will have to watch his back lest another prisoner takes it upon himself to excise him from the gene pool forever. Paterno was fired and disgraced while other university officials have also been bounced out or indicted.

Blaming the sport of football for the sins of Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno is just silly and it’s wrong.   There are too many assumptions, too many rumors and not enough facts in place. Let’s cool it with the lynch mob mentality until they are.