The Real `Wichita Horror`: Media-Induced Passivity
The national crime rate is now down
to its lowest levels since 1973, according to
new government statistics, but that probably doesn`t
make the people of Wichita, Kansas, any happier. There,
started last week for the trial of what may be the
most brutal mass murder and rape in the state`s history,
a history that features such stars of multiple massacres
killers of Truman Capote`s
In Cold Blood and the
abolitionist crackpot John Brown.
Yet what some newspapers are
calling the Wichita Horror hasn`t really made it out of
local media. There may be a reason for that.
The four dead victims were all
white, as was the sole survivor. So was yet another
victim the same suspects are accused of killing a few
days earlier. So was still another possible victim who
also survived. The suspects, however, are black.
There is nothing in the crime
itself, as far anyone knows, that suggests it was
racially motivated, a
"hate crime," but then one gets the rather strong
impression that no one really bothered to look very hard
for any such motive.
That`s what makes some people—those
few who know about the crime at all—angry. When a white
commits murder against a black, it`s national headlines.
When sexually "straight" males kill a "gay" man, that`s
national headlines too. But when two blacks force
their way into an apartment, rape two white women and
take them and their three white male friends out and
murder them in cold blood, it`s not even worth a
national news story.
The crime took place on the night
of Dec. 14, 2000, when the suspects, two black brothers
named Jonathan and Reginald Carr, allegedly got inside
an apartment where five young white people were staying.
Armed with handguns, the intruders forced the whites to
undress and locked the men in a closet. The two women
the intruders forced to have oral sex with each other;
some of the white men were then forced to have sex with
the women, and the intruders themselves raped the women.
They also forced two of the victims
to go to an ATM and withdraw money for them.
Finally, after ransacking the
apartment for more money, they forced the victims, all
naked in freezing weather, into a car, drove them to an
empty field and shot each of them in the head.
Four died at once; the fifth, a
woman, survived. She`s the main source for what
Kansas has no
"hate crime" statute, which is just as well, so
there was no legal purpose in searching for a racial
motive behind the crime. But since the media do a good
deal of such
searching in crimes where the race of victims and
killers is reversed, one might expect them to undertake
a little investigative reporting in this crime. They
The national media have found space
to tell us full details of
white mothers murdering their children, white
murdering their parents, white kids
shooting up the local schoolyard, and white wives
and husbands murdering each other, but when it comes to
blacks raping and murdering white victims, it`s not only
not a hate crime, it`s not even news.
Aside from the transparent
hypocrisy and dishonesty of the national media, what
also stands out in the Wichita Horror is the
utter passivity of the white victims themselves.
Three grown men (one an athletic
coach) and two grown women allowed themselves to be
locked in a closet for hours while the women were raped.
Not once did any of the men
try to resist. When one intruder left with one of
the women for the ATM, there were three white
men and one white woman left with one intruder. Still
there was no resistance.
According to Stephen Webster,
author of the
fullest account of the crime in the newsletter
American Renaissance, the surviving witness says
while one of the intruders was raping her, he laid his
handgun on the floor beside her. She thought about
trying to grab it and shooting him, but she realized she
didn`t even know how to fire it.
So much for firearms
education. It never occurred to her or the
other victims to grab the gun and thus disarm the
rapist. Even when facing obvious death, not one of the
Maybe they were all paralyzed with
fear, and that`s understandable, but maybe also white
people have been so injected with the filth of
racial guilt and racial cowardice that they no
longer have the hormones even to think about resisting
the most vicious criminal violence by other races.
Maybe that`s why the national media
doesn`t want us to know the truth about the Wichita
Horror—because learning the truth just might start to
help make white people free.
September 16, 2002