Which domestic abusers will go on to commit murder? This one act offers a clue.
Which domestic abusers will go on to commit murder? This one act offers a clue. (Snyder/WaPo)
By Rachel Louise Snyder November 16
In 2012, while stationed at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, Devin Patrick Kelley assaulted his wife and stepson. Kelley was subsequently convicted of domestic violence and released early from the Air Force.
One important detail of the attack: In addition to fracturing the childs skull and hitting and kicking his wife, Kelley strangled her. If the particular severity of his violence had been better understood and recognized in New Mexico, 26 people, including a 17-month-old baby named Noah, might not have been killed in Sutherland Springs, Tex., this month.
Strangulation inhabits a category all its own in domestic violence as a marker of lethality. A kick, a punch, a slap, a bite none of these, though terrible, portend homicide like strangulation does. And while the link between mass shooters and domestic violence is increasingly recognized in the public arena, articles and op-eds, strangulation as a specific sign of lethality in the context of domestic violence remains largely unknown.
The U.S. Sentencing Commission recognized strangulation as a marker of dangerousness in a 2014 report and recommended increased prison time up to 10 years for those convicted of it. Indeed, 45 states now recognize strangulation as a felony. New Mexico, where Kelley was convicted, is not one of them.
Gael Strack, chief executive of the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention in San Diego, says the mere presence of strangulation in a situation of domestic abuse increases the chances of homicide sevenfold. It is a clear trajectory from escalating violence to homicide, of which strangulation is the penultimate act. Statistically, we know that once the hands are on the neck, the very next step is homicide, Strack said. They dont go backwards.
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Donald then unleashes his anger on Ivana for recommending the doctor. The relevant excerpt of Lost Tycoon follows:
Suddenly, according to Ivana, The Donald storms into the room. He is looking very angry, and he is cursing out loud. Your fucking doctor has ruined me! he screams. The Donald flings Ivana down onto the bed. Then he pins back her arms and grabs her by the hair. The part of her head he is grabbing corresponds to the spot on his head where the scalp reduction operation has been done. The Donald starts ripping out Ivanas hair by the handful, as if he is trying to make her feel the same kind of pain that he is feeling. Ivana starts crying and screaming. The entire bed is being covered with strands of her golden locks. But The Donald is not finished. He rips off her clothes and unzips his pants. Then he jams his penis inside her for the first time in more than sixteen months. Ivana is terrified. This is not lovemaking. This is not romantic sex. It is a violent assault. She later describes what The Donald is doing to her in no uncertain terms. According to the versions she repeats to some of her closest confidantes, He raped me. When The Donald finally pulls out, Ivana jumps up from the bed. Then she runs upstairs to her mothers room. She locks the door and stays there crying for the rest of the night. The next morning Ivana musters up the courage to return to the master bedroom. The Donald is there waiting for her. He leaves no doubt that he knows exactly what he did to her the night before. As she looks in horror at the ripped-out hair scattered all over the bed, he glares at her and asks with menacing casualness: Does it hurt?
During a deposition given by me in connection with my matrimonial case, I stated that my husband had raped me. I wish to say that on one occasion during 1989, Mr. Trump and I had marital relations in which he behaved very differently toward me than he had during our marriage. As a woman, I felt violated, as the love and tenderness, which he normally exhibited towards me, was absent. I referred to this as a rape, but I do not want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense.
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I have an acquaintance who served 3 years in prison for grabbing his wife around her neck in a rage over catching her at home with another man. Since he did not attack her in any other way and she got out of his grasp safely, his friends and relatives considered this a harsh sentence since he had no previous history of abuse or threats and he had character witnesses that were willing to defend him. The defense attorney never called any of them in to testify, apparently realizing that attempted strangulation was such a clear intent to kill that the defendant would be going to prison regardless of character witnesses.
Beverly Young Nelson accuses Roy Moore of grabbing her neck forcing her head down as she was fighting him off causing black and blue bruises on her neck, and being sure he was trying to rape her. Her accusations go far beyond the term "groping" that was used by MSNBC and other media to describe her allegations against him. The viciousness and criminality of Moore's alleged attack explains why Moore and his supporters are trying so hard to discredit her more than any other of his accusers.
Statistical evidence is not to be taken lightly, though it is not a 100% certain progression in each instance. Amazing that criminology has progressed where there is enough data to point to likely conclusions. I don't see why repeated blows to the head, for instance, don't support the same progression to murder. The intent seems clear in that method of assault too.
"... the mere presence of strangulation in a situation of domestic abuse increases the chances of homicide sevenfold."
Sobering, considering how often domestic abisers do this.
Actually, my state has a very specific law to cover anyone interfering with the airway, making it aggravated assault even if no injuries occur.
Same charge as waving a firearm around, but is at least a felony.