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    A friend of mine likes to say, "You're entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts."

    When it comes to drugs, there are lots of opinions out there: Some think drugs are safe and fun, some think they're dangerous and frightening, and many think everything in between.

    But facts are facts, and when someone dies from drugs, or someone is murdered by a person who is on drugs, or is raped by someone who has given them drugs, that's just a fact. Drug users who actively promote drug use rail against these facts, and I expect they'll be commenting regularly on The Drug Report. But they can't change the facts.

A GHB Murder in South Dakota

Posted by Childress on September 28, 2006

From the Aberdeen (SD) American News:

A Northern State University student who was found dead last week in Pennsylvania was strangled after rejecting sexual advances from a sales manager for the company he was interning for, authorities have said.

Jason Shephard, 23, was found bound by belts and wrapped in sheets in the basement of William F. Smithson’s home in Thornbury Township, Pa., according to court documents. The Delaware County Times in Pennsylvania also reported that the basement contained a couch, mirrored ceiling and video equipment.

The 40-year-old Smithson, who worked in the Philadelphia office of the Brookings-based Daktronics Inc., was arrested and charged with first-, second- and third-degree murder, attempted rape, abuse of a corpse, aggravated assault, unauthorized administration of an intoxicant and tampering with evidence, a court official said Monday. Shephard, who was interning in Brookings, was in Pennsylvania on a three-day business trip.

According to reports from the Associated Press, Smithson allegedly slipped the date-rape drug GHB into Shephard’s drink during dinner Sept. 18 and then the next day reported him missing. Authorities found Shephard’s body around 6:30 p.m. Thursday after getting a tip from a former lover of Smithson’s.

Those who think only women have something to fear from drug-assisted rape, think again. GHB and its chemical brothers are frequently used against men — all too often with results like this.


11 Responses to “A GHB Murder in South Dakota”

  1. Dodgy said

    Of course the most popular date rape drug of all – alcohol – should also be included in that.

  2. Childress said

    Agreed; I’m no fan of alcohol. But there is a HUGH difference though: Drugs like GHB can be slipped into a drink and the victim has no knowledge. With alcohol, they knowingly drink.

  3. Dodgy said

    What I meant to say is there is no difference between being raped whilst drunk, or raped whilst under the unfluence of something else.
    Your comment suggests that because the drunk woman has willing got herself into that states, the rape is somehow less of a crime, that she deserved it more.

    The point is that the amount of alcohol assisted rapes simply dwarfs the amount of rapes where GHB is involved. Rapists too, are often found to have consumed alcohol before they attack, just backing up the fact that a large proportion of violent crimes are fueld by the legal and easilly taxable drug alcohol.

    Now of course instead of simply reporting that these rapes happen, why not also publish a few pointers to help woman avoid getting spiked, or avoid getting raped whilst drunk.
    Prevention and harm minimization is the key.

  4. Childress said

    You utterly misinterpreted my position. “Deserve” and “rape” do not belong in the same sentence, ever.

    You always go to quantity arguments — ecstasy doesn’t cause many deaths, alcohol causes more fistfights — which is utterly irrelevant to the victim of something other than alcohol. You said I seemed to be saying that rape is somehow less of a crime — but you appear to be saying that the parents of children who died from ecstasy are somehow less worthy of pain and suffering than parents whose children die of alcohol.

    You can’t have it both ways. A tragedy is a tragedy. And as for pointers to avoid such things, many, many Web sites provide that service; it is not the role of this blog. The Voice of the Victims films also deal very well with this subject.

  5. Dodgy said

    Can you explain to me the ‘huge difference’ in being raped whilst drunk and drug raped? Why is one worse than the other?

  6. Childress said

    The difference is so simple I can’t believe you don’t understand it.

    Obviously, rape is a terrible crime, no matter how it comes about, so I am not minimizing in any way the rape of a drunk woman.

    Much of the huge difference between alcohol rape and drug rape is the motivation of the rapist. In most cases, the alcohol rape is the result of a woman getting drunk and a man taking advantage of the opportunity. In a drug-assisted rape, there is premediation, as the perp brings the drug to a bar, hunts for a target, then drugs her so he can rape her.

    Of course, in cases where a man deliberately gets a woman drunk so he can rape her, the difference is less. However, there’s still someting here that makes drug-assisted rape worse. A drunk woman can exert control over her alcoholic intake. All but the newest drinkers have an idea of how three, four or six drinks will affect them, so there is an understanding that their behavior will get them drunk. That shouldn’t lead to rape, of course, but if she were not as drunk, she would be more capable of avoiding being raped.

    The drug-assisted rape victim isn’t making a choice. One minute she’s fine, the next minute she’s drugged, the next minute she’s raped.

    There’s one more thing. Sometimes when GHB is used, the drugged victim is conscious, but can’t control her body. So she has no control over what’s happening to her, but she’s fully aware of it.

  7. Dodgy said

    >However, there’s still someting here that makes drug-assisted rape worse.

    I think that’s a disgusting comment to be honest. I don’t know wheather you thought that through or not. Would you be prepared to tell that to somebody who’s been raped after consuming to much alcohol?

    >A drunk woman can exert control over her alcoholic intake if she were not as drunk, she would be more capable of avoiding being raped. The drug-assisted rape victim isn’t making a choice.

    But that somehow implies that because she made a decision to get drunk some of the some blame must lie with her. It doesn’t. There is no difference.

    As a drug, Alcohol assisted rape is drug rape anyway.

  8. Serena said

    And they say “gays” are such nice people and “Christians” are so bad…but they won’t report a story like this which proves the opposite!

  9. Childress said

    It proves it at least in this case. There’s gay crime, straight crime, believer crime and non-believer time. As a Christian, I thing — and pray — that believer crime is the least frequent of the bunch.

  10. Childress said

    Dodgy, you’re sometimes thick as a brick. I’ve said 100 times that all rape is bad. Drug-induced rape is worse because the woman has no part in it whatsoever. That doesn’t mean alcohol rape is good in any way; it’s bad too.

    I’m done with your comments on this post; they’re boring and repetitious and obtuse.

  11. Dodgy said

    >I don’t care if you publish my comments on this now, just so long as YOU read them. Email me if you like.

    >Drug-induced rape is worse because the woman has no part in it whatsoever.

    Where as a drunk woman plays a part in her own rape? That what your comment implies.

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