… rather than the actual woman he raped and murdered.
“(A fellow) inmate described McLaughlin as a painfully shy person who came out of her shell after deciding to transition.
‘She always had a smile and a dad joke,’ Hicklin said. ‘If you ever talked to her, it was always with the dad jokes.’”
Can you imagine the media talking about any other convicted rapist and murderer this way?
Amber McLaughlin was put to death by the state of Missouri last week for the rape and murder of former girlfriend Beverly Guenther.
The two had been dating when Amber McLaughlin, a biological man, had been living as Scott McLaughlin.
Scott McLaughlin didn’t take well to being dumped.
He repeatedly stalked Guenther who, as a result, had to be regularly escorted from her workplace to her car by police.
McLaughlin eventually violated a restraining order to rape and then repeatedly stab his former girlfriend with a steak knife before dumping her body near the Mississippi River.
McLaughlin was convicted of first-degree murder. Oh, and in prison, he transitioned into a female.
The problem for the media is that McLaughlin’s behaviour was not terribly ladylike. When women are sad, they binge eat and change their hair.
Stalking, breaking restraining orders, raping and stabbing people are the sorts of things jilted men do.
All of which may explain why The Guardian, when reporting news of McLaughlin’s execution, emphasised McLaughlin’s shy personality, lovely smile, and talent for telling jokes.
It may also explain why The Guardian neglected to mention the rapey part.
Oh, and it might also explain why The Guardian forgot to tell readers that McLaughlin was incarcerated in 1992 for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old.
You wouldn’t want to be relying on The Guardian for actual news.
But if you’re interested in knowing that McLaughlin was the first openly transgendered person to be executed in the US, well then The Guardian doesn’t let you down.
“A Missouri inmate has been put to death for a 2003 killing, becoming what is believed to be the first transgender woman executed in the US.”
You could be forgiven for thinking that McLaughlin was “executed” for being “the first transgender woman” rather than “put to death for a killing”.
“There is no known case of an openly transgender person being executed in the US before, according to the anti-execution Death Penalty Information Center.”
What has being “openly” trans got to do with anything? McLaughlin wasn’t executed because he is trans, as if he is the one being persecuted.
But the trans washing continued:
“McLaughlin was a painfully shy person who came out of her shell after deciding to transition… always having a smile and a joke.”
I’m not sure how being painfully shy or having a cute smile has anything to do with the stalking, the raping and the stabbing.
What must Beverly Guenther’s grieving family think when they read media reports?
Trans ideology (some might say theology) has so captured the mass media that they almost seem to sympathise with the so-called “woman” being executed rather than the actual woman he raped and murdered.
Originally published at The James Macpherson Report.
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