July 25, 2005

"He later bought an electric saw, a bow saw and dust sheets, chopped the body into nine pieces and hid them in the fridge freezer in the kitchen."

And exactly why was he sentenced to five years? "Two years for the manslaughter and three years for preventing the burial." Seriously!

19 comments:

Ron said...

Too bad "Six Feet Under" is ending soon; this would have been a hell of a plot for them! It just shows to go ya; friends help you move, real friends help you move bodies...

Ron said...

note to self: after horrible, grizzly murder, always sit shiva -- it's respectful, and will knock a dime off the sentence...

Brendan said...

Another loser who had to go overseas to find a wife. Guess he has bigger problems now.

ploopusgirl said...

Brendan: What is that relevant to exactly? He's a loser who had to go overseas to get a wife? Only losers marry 'foreigners'? Now don't get all in a huff thinking I'm sooo liberal and defending him in any way. In fact, I think he should be locked up for more than 5 years for this horrific crime. That sentence is a joke. I just don't see the connection between being a 'loser' murdurer and marrying a foreigner as you've so eloquently suggested.

DirtCrashr said...

I thought it was a lot easier to get a divorce in Britain?

Brendan said...

"Dalton said his Korean-born wife, with whom he ran a language school in Kingston, had tormented him for years and told him she only married him for the visa."

It's very simple: had he had the balls and confidence to approach, court, and marry a native-born woman, this poor lass would almost certainly still be alive. Instead, he zeroed in on someone desperate and needy (Michael Jackson, anyone?). And when she no longer suited his purposes, off with her head. And yes, Western men who go the "mail-order bride" route are pathetic losers. Wanna make a difference? Then adopt an overseas kid, not a wife.

ploopusgirl said...

Had it ever crossed your mind that she was Korean born but had moved to England at some point over the course of her life and they met while in England? I would agree with you if it were clear here that she were a mail-order bride. Where does it say that though???

gs said...

Ann: I don't know the norms for such things, but the length of sentence seems short especially if he can be paroled. While I'm dubious about his claim to have reacted defensively, it seems plausible that he intended to batter but not to kill; on the other hand, hiding the body and fleeing were deliberate acts. A crime of passion, a crime of calculation. Despite the grisliness of the situation, the relative sizes of the sentences do not seem ludicrous.

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Let's be evenhanded about this mail-order bride thing. Sure, he's a loser who has something wrong with him, but don't forget she's a floozy selling herself in order to get into the USA.

The relationship is a risk for both parties. Presumably only the lurid outcomes make it into the media, but I don't know what the overall statistics are. If a mail-order couple builds a good life despite cultural differences and the above kind of gossip, they are people I'd be proud to know.

Brendan said...

I'm pretty sure they're British citizens, gs. Or at least he is.

gs said...

I agree, Brendan.

ploopusgirl said...

Did you people read the same article I did? For one, this took place in Britain, not the USA (it's true, not EVERYTHING is about the US). Secondly, nowhere in that article was it even suggested that she was a mail-order bride. I wasn't aware that people born in Korea aren't allowed to relocate to the west unless they're purchased as a mail-order bride or adopted as a child.

Noumenon said...

"had he had the balls and confidence to approach, court, and marry a native-born woman, this poor lass would almost certainly still be alive."

Think of the market for wives in strictly economic terms, like an analogue to the labor market. Do companies hire immigrant labor because they don't have the "balls" to bargain with native workers? The average man can afford a better wife, or an equivalent wife with lower maintenance and less courting, by looking overseas. It's not pathetic, but strictly rational.

You're blaming him for settling, when you should be showing sympathy for somone so low on the social status totem pole that this is the best kind of wife he can get. Remember, it's a jungle down there -- these are men who run the risk of never reproducing at all, and consequently take more desperate actions sheerly out of instinct. It's also much harder for them to hold on to a woman even after they've successfully courted one, because there are so many opportunities for her to move up by being unfaithful.

bos0x said...

gs: It's wonderful how you'd be proud to know a happily married loser-floozy couple. By the way, I love how you consider mail-order brides floozies, since it must be sooo sexually promiscuous to marry one person and all.

I don't know what you expect Dalton to do with his wife's body. Imagine your spouse saying hurtful, homicidal things to you (like "I only married you for the visa" :O!!!!) every day until you can't stand it anymore. So clearly you punch the little bitch in the face, right? And she falls to the floor. You go to help her up but then you remember that you really, really have to brush your teeth like RIGHT NOW so you run upstairs. You brush and floss as fast as you can, but you floss too fast and now your gums are bleeding so you have to brush your teeth all over again. After all this physical labor you're feeling hungry so you go into the kitchen but the dumb cunt didn't start dinner yet so you have something frozen, like a British Hungry Man or whatever. You put it in the microwave and press the timer and then you wander back into the room where your wife is lying on the floor and suddenly remember your fight. You bend down to check on her but shes dead and there's blood oozing from her mouth and suddenly the microwave timer goes off so you dazedly go back into the kitchen and remove the plastic film from the entree and stir the side dish but when you put it back into the microwave it makes this horrible noise and then you realize that you accidentally left the fork in the potatoes and now your microwave is broken and your wife is dead and what can you do?? Drag your wife outside, leave her in a dumpster down the street and then go back home to take a nap? Put her in a box and send her back to Korea? It's always nice being reminded that you're worth more dead than alive, like the suffering involved in being murdered by your spouse is less than the suffering endured by unburied corpses.

gs said...

The second paragraph of my first post, particularly the second sentence in that paragraph, was intended as blatant irony. Not blatant enough, it would appear.

gs said...

Brendan, upon reflection I move this far toward what you said: I would look askance at a Western male who only looks abroad for a mate and who categorically rules out possibilities among his countrywomen.

Noumenon, I'll provisionally adopt your economic terminology. In that framework, my salute to successful mail-order marriages expresses admiration for a successful navigation through risk. In my opinion the female usually takes a bigger risk than the male, so an extra-crisp salute to her.

Michael said...

After a murder, two people go on trial: the murderer, and the murder victim:

[The Judge] said: "You lashed out at your wife in the course of an argument and, in my judgement, after no little taunting on her part.

How is she going to dispute that? It's not easy to talk when your jaw is broken and you've been carved into pieces and stuffed in a freezer.

Noumenon said...

In my opinion the female usually takes a bigger risk than the male, so an extra-crisp salute to her.

She's kind of a scab, though, breaking through the picket lines formed around the scumbag by self-respecting native women.

Ann Althouse said...

Noumenon: HIlariously apt.

gs said...

Noumenon and Ann: Okay, chuckle chuckle nyuk nyuk nyuk.

What's the nature of the difference between mail-order marriages on one hand and, on the other, interethnic US marriages or marriages where the partners are from different sides of the tracks? I grant that there's a difference in degree, but I'm hesitant to say there's necessarily a difference in kind.

I'll take a shot at an answer. Conventional wisdom: people can legitimately marry if they're in love, and considerations like race, economic status, etc. shouldn't matter. (Iirc that's the position taken in 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?'.) In contrast, mail-order unions are primarily utilitarian. People who only marry if love is present have 'higher' motivations than people who marry for expediency. Thus, the former folks may deprecate the latter.

The divorce rate being around 50%, and in view of expressions like 'he/she is a good catch', I'm not sure my answer is fully satisfactory. Maybe someone can improve on it.