Death To Pedophiles

Feb 25, 2015 - 0 Comments

 Death to Pedophiles

 He’d methodically compiled a hit-list of people he wanted to see dead, then stalked, stabbed and even set their homes on fire, confessing to these crimes at the time of arrest, as well as from the witness stand.

And, still, a jury of Larry Trant’s peers refused to convict him for attempted murder. Why? Because all of Trant’s victims were registered child molesters.

Burning down the house

During the spring of 2003, something would snap in the mind of Concord, New Hampshire resident Lawrence Trant Jr., leading the then-56-year-old career criminal on a path of violence he would later insist was paved solely with intentions that were honorable.

In fact, to this day, the recently-paroled felon continues to act surprised he’s not being hailed as a hero for having utilized the state’s sex offender registry to single out Concord’s convicted pedophiles for annihilation.

In April 2003, six such men, it turned out, had rented rooms in a large boardinghouse that was within walking distance of Trant’s own downtown apartment. He waited till dawn to attack them, as they slept, pouring gasoline on the entrances to their building and setting the multi-unit structure ablaze.

Thirteen otherwise unharmed tenants in all were temporarily rendered homeless on that cold April day, seven of whom were not former inmates, let alone sex offenders. A troubling detail about which Trant also remains indifferent.

The purportedly-noble arsonist might have gotten away with this one brazen act that year had his thirst for blood been properly quenched by it, but “skinners” (as pedophiles are called in the jailhouses Trant himself often frequented) had somehow filled him with an unstoppable, homicidal rage.

Eight days later Trant would strike again, his hellfire once more inconveniencing, but failing to kill, the intended victim -- yet another ex con he’d discovered listed on the state’s registry of shame.

On the subsequent evening of April 25th 2003, however, a still seething Trant, bent as ever on destruction and suddenly dissatisfied with his previous attempts and methods, escalated the rampage.

This time, armed with an aluminum baseball bat and a 14-inch knife, he decided to tail a registered sex offender as the 34-year-old was returning on foot to a halfway house from an AA meeting they’d both just attended.

Then, while horrified motorists and pedestrians looked on, Trant confronted the man and tried to stab him to death.

“I've done a service to the community.”

Decades before Lawrence Trant Jr. donned the cloak of a crusading slayer in New Hampshire’s capitol city, he’d already been charged with murder, and ultimately acquitted, in the neighboring state of Massachusetts where he was born.

That victim wasn’t a hated child molester, though. She was just a helpless old woman.

Thereafter, the record shows Trant developed a taste for the criminal life, with a special flair for stealing and dealing in stolen goods. It was these illicit activities which garnered him a modest jail cell from time to time, his stints in various prison systems bringing him up close and personal with the habitual pedophiles he would come to despise.

But now, Trant was to be tried in New Hampshire on eight counts of attempted murder and would have to defend all the little red checkmarks scribbled on his downloaded RSO hit-list, which investigators found in his apartment following the knifing incident.

Now, he would also have to explain the elaborate manifesto he penned calling for death to all pedophiles and for other “like-minded” citizens to join him in that unlawful, self-appointed quest.

Now, he’d be facing a prosecutor who viewed Trant as one of the most coldhearted criminals he’d ever met, a cunning repeat-offender who, in spite of all the heroic-sounding excuses Trant was lately offering the press, simply “doesn’t have any conscience about violence.”

"I had this fantasy I'd be getting lots of letters from people," Trant remorselessly stated while incarcerated and awaiting trial.

His latest and most vicious crime spree to date had been “morally justified,” he further told reporters, and, even if it didn’t gain him glory and a fan club, he still didn’t think he should be punished for it.

Hanging the jury

A half-hour impassioned plea on his own behalf is all it took defendant Trant to achieve a mistrial in 2004. During it, he astutely argued he was “protecting” the children of the jurors themselves when he undertook to eradicate child sex offenders lurking in their fair city.

Perverts like that “steal the souls of little kids,” Trant firmly believed, and, not incidentally, he too had been one of those young casualties, reciting for the spellbound court a heretofore “buried memory” of abuse he remembered happening to him one day at a church.

Dead or alive, or merely maimed for life, pedophiles aren’t the most sympathetic of victims anyway -- three jurors bought Trant’s line of defense and adamantly refused to convict him.

So the prosecution negotiated a last-minute deal of simple assault in lieu of attempted murder, in this unusual maneuver and tradeoff, sidestepping the likelihood of a similar retrial producing similar results while still managing to put a violent offender behind bars, where he truly belonged.

At least for a minimum of 10 to 30 years.

Registering certain offenders

Before sex offender registries officially came into existence, the current addresses of those who’d been convicted of sex-related offenses were basically known only, and accessible only, to law enforcement.

But police aren’t in the business of crime prevention, as they’re always quick to claim, so the private knowledge they had at their fingertips proved of very little value in protecting future unsuspecting victims from a class of criminal with a very high rate of recidivism.

As a result, serial sex predators were essentially free to offend again once they completed their sentences, just as long as they chose to reside in places where no one knew or recognized them.

Which is exactly what the majority did, unfortunately, including dreaded pedophiles.

Flagging where these deviants lived, therefore, and making such damning information available to anyone with an internet connection, was the only logical alternative to a worried public’s dangerously ineffectual guessing game. A state-by-state mandatory reporting system and open database would aid communities in quickly identifying those fellow citizens who posed a significant threat by slapping a virtual scarlet letter on their front doors and foreheads.

Yet, if knowing for sure now which neighbors are guilty of sexually preying on young people in the past indeed helps to ensure the future safety of all neighborhood children everywhere, why is child molestation seemingly on the rise in America?

And can a nation founded on democratic principles really justify a new kind of punishment for certain types of prisoners that extends far beyond merely doing the appropriate jail time, and which is also placing their lives in serious peril once they’ve earned their freedom again?

Death to pedophiles, etc.

Despite the heightened awareness of pedophilia today and the public’s perception of its prevalence, other offenses are, sadly, much more commonplace and considered by the criminal justice system to be far worse in nature and penalty.

Among these, murdering is and always will be the highest crime somebody can commit against another human being. Especially when murder, or attempted murder, is premeditated.

Domestic violence, armed robbery, assault and battery, breaking and entering, kidnapping, vehicular manslaughter -- what if the names and addresses of every DWI repeat-offender in the United States was suddenly made available to access at a glance? How about a wife-batterers database? A financial fraud database? Deadbeat dads? Negligent moms? White collar criminals? Shoplifters?

Imagine all of society’s villains fully exposed at the click of a button, with nowhere for them to run anymore, nowhere for them to hide.

Imagine the mayhem.

In the meantime, while the jury’s still out on whether the nation’s sex offender registry is serving its intended purpose or indirectly acting instead as a bulls-eye so a few murderous thugs can more easily find people to victimize, there appears to be a serial killer on the loose in Keene, New Hampshire.

He’s hunting down child molesters online, and leaving them for dead.





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