A Woman Was Lynched Today

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


This Blog Is Being Restarted

I took time off from most of my weekday blogging activities to work on the election. Between that and the problems with Blogger I have let my activities on this blog lapse. But the elections are over with good results and this blogs work has to start again. I will be switching to Blogger Beta which I am told has fewer problems.

One of the readers suggested that a sort of bulletin-board format would be best. I will post a new open thread for readers to post information every day. A day without any new information is a good day, the subject matter of this blog ensures that. But any information of a woman or girl being murdered must be posted, the wall of secrecy and concealment has to be broken. The extent of the war waged on women has to be documented.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Nichole Aguirre-Caoyonan, 31 San Francisco, Killer convicted in her 2003 murder. Scroll down.

Domestic Violence Awareness events planned


In 2005, Hope Cottage gave shelter to 224 women and their children. From the beginning of 2006 through Aug. 31, 160 women and children have sought shelter.

“For years, we sheltered about 10 women and children a month, then it increased to 12, and then to 15 a month. Now we are averaging 18 every month,” Candlish said.

Thursday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. a candlelight vigil will be held on the courthouse lawn for women killed in Arkansas as a result of domestic violence. Candles will be provided.

Michelle Gardner-Quinn, 21, Burlington VT

Friday, October 13, 2006


Thank You for Your Participation.

Posting information on the comment threads about new cases of the gender based murder of women and girls here is the core of this blog's content. I would encourage everyone to read the comments and follow the links given by readers for more information. The comment threads are the best way to give me information about new cases too.

Having an unusually busy week, most of it away from my computer and not being able to post to this blog, I would like to thank those of you who have posted information on the comment threads. I'm looking into the possibility of posting from other computers in case another week like this one happens.

Please also ask people to post information here and to participate. All that is asked is that the information be from reliable sources, be focused on the victim and not the murderer and that sensational and unnecessary details not be listed.

A link is essential. Even just copying the whole http:// line in the address field to a newspaper or other online source and pasting that in the comment is worth doing.

These cases aren't easy to find even on the web, without the participation of readers a lot of this information will be lost. This blog needs readers and sources to work. Thank you for your participation.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Nina Reiser, 31, Oakland, California


Sorry for the Pause

Got sick, then my family got sick. But everyone's back in school, for now. And I'm not running a fever, finally. Hope you all managed to avoid it.

Saturday, October 07, 2006


Response To A Question

This blog is an interesting idea but I was wondering something. What basis is the statement that these women were killed based their gender made on?

It's a question that was anticipated. It's not one that can be answered in a lot of cases but this isn't a court room.

There are clearly men killing women and girls, more of those than could just be by chance. I am taking the FBI statistics and the conclusions drawn from them at their word. There are enough of those murders and attacks to have a terrorizing effect on women and girls and to create widely accepted social conventions that there are places and times that women don’t have a right to go to places of public accommodation. The wisdom of avoiding danger is one thing, the assumption that women exercising their rights as human beings are to blame if they are attacked and killed is certainly another and it is not just. Any person of either gender should avoid known dangers, everyone should fight against injustice. The onus for these crimes has to be removed from victims and potential victims and placed where it belongs, on the criminals. Change the word “woman” to “African-American” or a number of other ethnic identities and see the effect.

It is clear that in these cases the fact that the murderer is a man and the victims are women indicate that the murderer believed he was entitled to kill the woman. Would he have killed a man? In most cases we don't know but we do know that he didn't choose to kill a man but did a woman. I firmly believe in some cases the man is acting out a role model learned from the culture or the media. In these cases it is specifically believed this is how a "real man" is supposed to act.

Is the fact that in some cases the victim knew her killer relevant? Why? A lot of victims of crimes of all sorts know the criminal. What does that matter? For a lot of these women there seems to be the assumption that even their own homes are places they had no right to expect to be safe. How many of them were blamed for “being involved with a man who was dangerous”. How many of them are killed by men with no record of violence before? Not safe in public and not safe in their homes. Under those conditions is there any place a woman has a right to expect to live safely?

This blog can't answer a lot of questions. This is a warning flag, it is a call for people who might have the ability to stop these crimes to make a more serious effort. And I most definitely include the media in that, the promotion and glamorization of violence against women is a contributing factor in some of these crimes and to the attitude too many people have about those crimes. Of course the people with the greatest ability to stop these crimes are the potential criminals themselves. If they can be inhibited from killing women, even if in only some cases, it’s worth risking errors. Waiting for infallible judgement which is never going to come is no reason to delay the attempt.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Dawn Roberts, 36,Granville, NY

Thursday, October 05, 2006


Open Thread

Please discuss or post information.

Detra Rainey Simmons, 39, and her children, William Rainey, 16, Hakiem Rainey, 13, Malachia Robinson, 8, and Samenia Robinson,7 North Charlston, SC

Luz Maria Franco-Fierro, community activist, 49, Douglas County, Colorado.

Leslie Lamb, 36, of San Leandro. Her alledged killer is suspected of the torture murders of at least two other people. The news account indicates possible copy-cat of movie.


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