Crime In The Heart-“Sick” Land

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June 25, 2007

Apparently Fox doesn’t want to acknowledge it as they, in an attempted ratings grab, report the murder of Jessie Davis as the second coming of Laci Peterson meets Natalee Holloway, but is anyone else scratching their head as they click past the coverage wondering, what’s wrong with this picture?

Any murder is tragic; the murder of a pregnant woman is even more so. And nothing should distract from an expedient investigation and prosecution, or fail to appreciate the family’s profound suffering because of this crime. Unfortunately, if this is what constitutes crime in the heartland of America, that heart is very sick and we can only expect more of the same.

From news accounts, Bobby Cutts should not have remained a police officer after providing a firearm to a convicted felon / relative. Only an arbitration proceeding put him back on the force. Ms. Davis was nine months pregnant with a second out of wedlock child from a married man with another family and another child from a third woman who, I suspect, is being generous with the terms model / actress from her now California home. And now apparently there’s a girlfriend involved, as well.

If the news of this crime is of any national significance, it should be because of how it illustrates the decline of our culture and the willingness of some to accept the definition of Father as anyone who manages to send out an occasional support payment, and the definition of lover as anyone who happens to have impregnated someone.

I’ve no desire to insult the victim or her family and no one should. But the sad reality is that Jessie Davis was either the victim of poor self, or impulse control and poor decision-making, perhaps both, long before she became a murder victim. And to suggest that one isn’t in any way related to another only endorses the notion that values don’t matter. They do. And while Ms. Davis certainly isn’t in any way directly responsible for her own death, had she been a bit more responsible with her life, it likely wouldn’t have ended in such a tragic crime.

Now, her remaining child and all of the other children linked to this crime are victims of a crime far more significant than any one or two murders. They are victims of a culture where nothing much seems to matter anymore, so long as people are free to act or behave on impulse as they wish, with no regard for the consequences. And all Americans suffer as a result of that tragedy.

Unfortunately for Ms. Davis and her friends and family, it is the crime beneath the crime we shouldn’t simply ignore in this instance.

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Comments:
  1. Beenherebefore says:

    Unfortuntely, her constant involvement with this married man, with several other families led her down a road to destruction. I will not commit to blaming her for this horrible crime, but she certainly was not looking out for herself or her child.
    Being agnostic, i had to laugh when her friends referred to her a ‘good christian’ girl.. (laugh not in the literal sense) Remind me, again, isnt adultery against christian guidelines?
    She may have been a sweet, naive girl… but lack of common sense, good jusgement, “christian” values, whatever it is you want to call it.. became her demise.. The boyfriend, well, he should just be eliminated from the planet and i hope he is put in general population

  2. templar knight says:

    Well, Dan, get ready. I was called a racist on a blog yesterday for saying basically the same thing you just said, even though it is all truthful. Yes, a sick society indeed.

  3. oldtimer says:

    Indeed, Dan will be attacked as a Racist for stating common sense.

  4. IslamoLlama says:

    “If the news of this crime is of any national significance, it should be because of how it illustrates the decline of our culture and the willingness of some to accept the definition of Father as anyone who manages to send out an occasional support payment, and the definition of lover as anyone who happens to have impregnated someone.”
    Yes, yes. Collapse of society. The fall of the 50s era Leave It To Beaver family. I’ll bet Ms Davis didn’t even wear pearl earings while vacuuming the living room.
    I mean, I hate to break this to you Dan, but this sort of infidelital relationship dates back to the dawn of mankind. And it wasn’t any less common in the 50s than it is today. You just didn’t see it on the evening news – or evening radio, or the evening telegraph, or the evening smoke signal, or whatever. TV coverage of a single incident of marital infidelity doesn’t give us any more of a “big picture” view of society than watching a wild pitch in baseball signals the collapse of major league sports. The MSM has simply refined the art of turning mole hills into mountains, and once again you’ve fallen for it. Congrats.

  5. templar knight says:

    IslamoZifnab, you’re as full of shit as you ever were.

  6. john says:

    Wow! Were is Al Sharpton,where is Rev.Jackson? where are all those folks concerned with human rights.Where are the women activists.Where are those folks so concerned with Bobby Cutts rights when he allowed a fellon the posession of his motor vehicle, to a known fellon,knowing it had a firearm stashed away in it.All you equal rights activist’s seem to disapear ,when a person not of color is harmed. You suck!

  7. Phoenix says:

    Fox – the Missing White Girl station. It’s all so tawdry because in most cases the people are such losers and it’s reported non-stop as if these are normal people. Obviously there are exceptions, but I wish someone would mutter on-air – ‘Isn’t this a bunch of shit?’ It’s revolting that Fox gloms onto it, but it is just sickening to note that little kids are usually involved.

  8. “And it wasn’t any less common in the 50s than it is today.”
    However, illegitimate children were less common…considerably less common.

  9. TacJammer says:

    A Lesson Learned Too Late

    Dan Reihl points out what ought to be what once used to be blindingly obvious: I’ve no desire to insult the victim or her family and no one should. But the sad reality is that Jessie Davis was either the victim of poor self, or impulse …

  10. sigh says:

    So, um, she’s responsible for sleeping with him, but he’s not responsible for sleeping with her? Leaving everything else aside, enlighten me on how that goes, buddy. Oh, while you’re at it, explain to me why her sleeping with a guy she wasn’t married to is an example of the decline of civilization, while someone’s having murdered her is not? Oh, wait, I think I get it – people have been murdering one another since the dawn of time, that’s nothing new, while people having sex out of wedlock is – oh, wait, that’s been happening just as long, hasn’t it? Well, shoot. I thought I figured something out there.
    Just explain to me why you’re going on about the moral inadequacies of the girl who got killed instead of the guy who killed her, particularly in light of the fact that they were sleeping with *each other*. She can’t sleep around on her own, I’m afraid.

  11. Purple Mushroom says:

    “So, um, she’s responsible for sleeping with him, but he’s not responsible for sleeping with her? Leaving everything else aside, enlighten me on how that goes, buddy.”
    Basically, if she’d killed him, it would have been his fault for being a big man slut. It’s classic “blame the victim” game. If he’d raped her before he killed her, that would probably have been her fault too, for failing to wear non-provocative clothing while associating with poor people.

  12. JustMyOpinion says:

    The issue wasn’t that Jessie was having sex out of wedlock, but that she continued in a “relationship” with a married man and got pregnant twice by him. No, she didn’t deserve to be killed for this. But it does show that she didn’t have the self respect that she should have had for herself. Bobby Cutts is slime. I don’t believe that he changed overnite, she had to have known he was slime. He was on T.V. insinuating that he was not the father of her baby and saying that he didn’t have a relationship with Jessie, but things happened when he was having problems with his wife. It doesn’t matter whether he is black, white, or purple, he is a sociopath. I feel sorry for all of his victims (his children, Jessie’s family, his other women, and his family). No one deserves to die for making a bad choice, but the bad choice does have to be recognized. If Jessie had not gotten involved with a married man, she would be alive today. It isn’t a matter of race; it is a matter of morals. And by the way, this news story was covered as prominently on CNN as it was on FOX.

  13. IslamoLlama says:

    “No one deserves to die for making a bad choice, but the bad choice does have to be recognized. If Jessie had not gotten involved with a married man, she would be alive today. It isn’t a matter of race; it is a matter of morals. And by the way, this news story was covered as prominently on CNN as it was on FOX.”
    Well, yes. CNN has a habit of picking up FOX’s leftovers. And the story is very tragic. But is it deserving of national 24/7 news coverage? Is it indicative of American society as a whole? Is it some pivotal moment in US History? Uh… no.

  14. Fred Beloit says:

    For once I agree with the Llama, all three of them. “And the story is very tragic. But is it deserving of national 24/7 news coverage? Is it indicative of American society as a whole? Is it some pivotal moment in US History? Uh… no.” But it is “news”. And it is indicative of tabloidism to blow some news all out of proportion on a slow news day. This causes one to wonder where all the other news goes when Fox and CNN resort to self-abuse over a crime story. Nothing happened yesterday and the day before and the day before?

  15. templar knight says:

    Well, IslamoZif, when murder is the number one or two cause of death for pregnant women, then yes, this particular incident is indicative of something, and it sure ain’t something good.
    The fact that none of you libs see a major problem here is indicative of your lack of character. Of course, continue as you are, libs, and as HairyBob says, surge on!

  16. eddie says:

    The major lack of character was shown by the man who shot the woman. End of story. As the good book says, “He who is without sin shall cast the first stone.”
    You can blithely use whatever rationalizations you want, but commenting on the lack of morals in today’s society by castigating the victim is the real moral bankruptcy that has taken hold of this country.

  17. Phoenix says:

    What crap, eddie. We are each responsible for ourselves. All the people in this story are losers, and someone needs to say so. Instead, it’s touted and flouted as news. Give me a break. If the girl were not dead and we knew about her tawdry, loser life, we’d crucify her behavior. Suddenly she’s dead and we’re not allowed to speak. Right. Pardon me, but she was a total loser.

  18. JustMyOpinion says:

    Why do people want to complain because stories such as this get so much news coverage. If you don’t like what is on T.V. use the off switch or change the channel. The “real moral banruptcy in this country” isn’t that the victim is castigated but that so many people think it is o.k. to have multiple children out of wedlock for a married man, and as long as you are cute and friendly you can be called a good girl and a Christian. We are so restricted in expressing our religous views in this county that a large portion of the population doesn’t know that it takes more than being nice to be a Christian. The tragedy of this case started years ago and will continue for many more years, but hopefully due to news coverage maybe at least one girl will think before putting herself into a similar situation.

  19. Janet says:

    I don’t understand why they keep referring to Bobby Cutts as “the boyfriend.” There was something seriously wrong with that relationship if Bobby had visitation days and yet, and yet, she was willing to have another child with him. I feel very sorry for the family of Jesse Davis because sorrow is now lost on Jesse. So much sadness and loss. I’m not sure I understand why walking away from the situation Bobby Cutts was in was not a better choice than murdering Jesse and her unborn baby. How is this outcome seen as the best choice? I don’t get it. I don’t want to get it.
    Your underlying message about choices/morals is correct. So many girls are just hanging around waiting for someone to love them and they will take anything. I blame the parents. There are exceptions to every rule, however, if you make sure that your child is loved, if you bring your child into the world and you spend the time to develop their self esteem and teach them that they deserve to be respected and loved, if you monitor where they go and who they spend time with, your child will grow up and will most likely NOT settle for some dude checking in once a week to pick up his own child, or settle for being abused in any way because when you love yourself, you do not settle for shit like that.
    It takes a lot of work, though. It takes parents who are willing to put the children first. That’s something that isn’t happening much anymore because we’re all so fucking concerned with being free and fulfilled ourselves. And we’re allowing our children to suffer as a result. It makes me sick.

  20. Susan says:

    What a compassionate, sensitive guy. I’ll just bet you’re a Christian or something:
    http://shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2007/06/killer-in-me-is-killer-in-you.html
    Sheesh.

  21. katablog says:

    I think Riehl’s post is very judgmental for someone who can’t possibly know what lies were fed to Jessie. At least four girls were taken in by this smooth talker. It’s very easy in hindsight to blame Jessie. Cutts is the person to blame, not Jessie.

  22. Phoenix says:

    Oh. Interesting, katablog. I didn’t hear any reports that Jessie was totally retarded.
    And who is blaming anyone. Statements of fact do not equal blame.

  23. templar knight says:

    “At least four girls were taken in by this smooth talker.”
    I think that is part of Dan’s point. How can supposedly intelligent, beautiful young women be taken in by a person like this? I would appreciate it if one or more of you ladies would enlighten me.

  24. ManWithGun says:

    I can’t believe all you pansy pants here. Men are CLEARLY not the cause of any society downfalling. They just sees what they sees and wants what they wants. It’s up to the wimmin to keep up our society. After all, if they don’t do the work, then I can’t go preaching about how sluttastic those wimmin are being these days. It’s just a CRIME that I can’t go on and on and on about those dead bimbos without dropping some Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and Kennedy bombs. After all, if she wan’t killed at the altar along with some innocent choir boys, it just ain’t a crime.

  25. sarah says:

    “when murder is the number one or two cause of death for pregnant women, then yes, this particular incident is indicative of something, and it sure ain’t something good.
    The fact that none of you libs see a major problem here is indicative of your lack of character.”
    Actually, we libs do see this as indicative of something, and a major problem. Domestic violence has been one of the foremost concerns of feminists and liberals. It isn’t just poor women, or unmarried women, or women sleeping with men of another race that are being killed. Remember Lacie Peterson? And how about that wrestler that just killed his wife and child? The fact is, pregnant women are vulnerable in many ways, which makes them targets of people who are acting out rage or whatever other sociopathy drives them to violence.

  26. Sophis, FCD says:

    Oh for pity’s sake. If you’re going to spout off about who is and who is not “christian”, it might help to have a clue about what it is you’re discussing. The while *point* of the religion is that *everyone* is equal in sin, everyone is tested and found wanting. It’s not about not sinning, it’s about being forgiven– so an adultress is every part as christian as the chaste and pious. See the parts of the bible where Jesus hangs out with tax collectors and prostitutes for further information. Also, “judge not lest ye be judged”.
    I mean really people, I’m an atheist and I know this stuff better than you. Please at least make an attempt to understand your mythology before you use it as a cudgel against muder victims…sheesh.

  27. Way to blame the victim, asshole. Do you know NOTHING? Leave it to Beaver was a FRICKIN TV SHOW.
    Last time I checked the #1 cause of premature death in women is MURDER. Being sexually involved with a man, ANY MAN, is a RISK FACTOR whether she’s married or not, whether she’s Chrisitian or not, whether she falls on the wrong side of the (false) virgin/whore dichotomy.
    Anytime something like this happens misogynist apologists scramble for the excuses: If she’d only done THIS instead of THAT.
    If only she hadn’t fallen in love with the wrong man.
    If she’d shut up instead of speaking her mind.
    If she hadn’t worn that dress.
    She shouldn’t have associated with brown people.
    She shouldn’t have allowed him to keep his gun in the house.
    If she hadn’t had X number of babies.
    If only she’d been a better wife/girlfriend.
    If only she hadn’t fallen in love with another man.
    These take the cake though:
    She shouldn’t have been with him in the first place.
    She should have left him before this happened. If she’d LEFT him this would never have happened.
    If only she HADN’T tried to leave him this would never have happened. She should have waited until ________.
    See? Woulda coulda shoulda. The dead woman is always at fault. No matter her personal situation there is a handy excuse to put the blame on her.
    The bottom line is that for men like you, she “deserved” it because for whatever reason she didn’t toe whatever line you just pulled out of your woman-hating ASS.

  28. Phoenix says:

    Dang, Hedonistic,
    You are so right-on. That woman didn’t do a thing wrong. How dare we!
    I’m so ashamed for calling her a loser.

  29. Good. You should be ashamed, as should anyone who implies she had it coming to her because she “sinned” by your definition. For one she is did not commit adultery; HE DID. Regardless of ANY personal failings she didn’t do anything deserving of death.
    Every time you state or imply that X would never have happened if the victim did or did not do Y, you blame the victim. Consequently, if you blame the victim for her own murder (WTF?), you are an asshole(unless the Y is also a murder, in which case I could perhaps be persuaded to blame. But this isn’t one of those cases).

  30. Phoenix, keep fighting the good fight. After all, if we can’t find faults in murder victims, who CAN we find fault in?
    I blame the seven-year old in the Wrestler massacre. I mean, what was that kid doing staying with that freak anyway? Didn’t he see the kind of damage that guy could do on T.V.?

  31. I think Phoenix really really wants to believe that so long as she dances the “right” dance, says all the “right” things, somehow (like magic?) makes ALLLLLLLL the “right” choices by kissing up to wingnuts and toeing the patriarchal line, the man who is schtupping her will never, never kill her. It helps her sleep at night.

  32. templar knight says:

    “Last time I checked, the #1 cause for premature death in women was MURDER…”
    Huh? Give me some links.

  33. templar knight says:

    Uh oh, I googled ’causes of premature death in women’ and I found tobacco and being overweight as the two most common. I gotta say you’re wrong, Ms. Hedonistic Pleasureseeker.

  34. Jamie says:

    It’s certainly a tragedy, and the victim displayed horrendously poor judgement in her life decisions. HOWEVER, I hardly think this one case is indicative of the “decline of the culture.” Guess what? People have been committing heinous and immoral acts since the dawn of time. The only difference between then and now is that we have the internet and a 24 hour news cycle to report it to us in detail.
    You neocons think that every tragedy is indicative of “the decline of the culture.” What you fail to do is take it into historical perspective. Man’s inhumanity to man is hardly anything new. Try taking a trip throug the Middle Ages in a history book sometime, just to get some perspective.

  35. Templar, I answered your question in the other thread.

  36. seekeronos says:

    “——I think Phoenix really really wants to believe that so long as she dances the “right” dance, says all the “right” things, somehow (like magic?) makes ALLLLLLLL the “right” choices by kissing up to wingnuts and toeing the patriarchal line, the man who is schtupping her will never, never kill her. It helps her sleep at night—–”
    Lady, (that is, HP…) you’ve got one twisted look on things.

  37. Kathy says:

    “Indeed, Dan will be attacked as a Racist for stating common sense.”
    There was no common sense anywhere in Dan’s post. Here is common sense: If your wife is pregnant as the result of an affair with a married man (who is not married to HER), you have two choices: You can try to work it out together and/or with marriage counseling, OR, if you don’t think you can do that, YOU CAN FILE FOR DIVORCE.
    D*I*V*O*R*C*E. Ever heard of it? It’s the common-sense alternative to murder.

  38. rwilymz says:

    “D*I*V*O*R*C*E. Ever heard of it? It’s the common-sense alternative to murder.”
    Kathy… perhaps the laboratory which manufactured you didn’t give you an emotion chip, but in affairs of the heart, “common-sense” is often as foreign a concept as “perhaps Bush isn’t so bad after all” is during Democratic presidential candidate debates.
    Don’t worry, though. If Commander Data can learn what it is to be human, so can you.

  39. rwilymz says:

    “You neocons think that every tragedy is indicative of “the decline of the culture.””
    More than “neocons” trot out the slippery slope argument. Pay attention.
    “What you fail to do is take it into historical perspective.”
    Cool! History. One of my degrees.
    “Man’s inhumanity to man is hardly anything new.”
    Indeed. And really, the forms don’t even change all that much, just the tools by which the forms are accomplished.
    But while you’re strolling through the chapters of your history book[s ... I presume you have more than one], please do a bit of research on the preoccupation — in every era — of each culture, each society, each established movement within each culture or society, with changes made to the traditions they are accostomed to. In each and every case, it is called — at a minimum — a “decline”. Some people have gone so far as to consider changes apocolyptic, and creating, e.g., millenialist or other “end time” philosophies around it.
    It’s nothing new, Jamie, and even though you’re getting a great deal of smug self-satisfaction out of sneering about others’ claims of “slippery slopes” that are more than likely gravelly plains, I strongly doubt you’re above doing the same for issues you consider important to you.

  40. rwilymz says:

    “Templar, I answered your question in the other thread.”
    But you were wrong. The “facts” you cite do not exist. It is not true; even a superficial bit of research shows it, which either makes you lazy, or [more or less] deliberately dishonest.
    Seeing as I’m a nice guy, I’ll consider you lazy at this point. I’m always open to changing my mind.

  41. Jody says:

    It seems Jesse Davis has a wonderful family. That little boy is going to need them. All of Bobby Cutt’s children are the real victims here. They are now left with a father who is going to be on death row and also no financial support coming in from one parent.
    As for Jesse, I have no respect for a girl who will have an affair with a married man. Nor do I have respect for a man who will cheat on his wife. He should have used protection when having sex with her, and she should have done the same. If he killed her because he didn’t want to support another kid, he only has himself to blame.
    I can say that I am very impressed with Jesse’s mother. Thank God she isn’t another Beth Twitty. I couldn’t stand another bitch like Beth. This woman has shown class.