Just mentioning…

August 3, 2006 at 5:20 pm (Crime)

It’s about the rape and murder of Jennifer Moore again. I guess most people read the New York Post article and there’s a detail that left me puzzled.

You know, they start describing what had happened and this quite detailed. They even go as far as to include this one:

Jennifer, meanwhile, wandered away from the lot, wearing a white miniskirt and black halter top.

I wondered why they mentioned this.

  • The clothing of crime victims is sometimes published if they were abducted and not yet found – in order to increase the chance of finding them, of course. But Jennifer Moore’s dead body is not missing.
  • Do they look for evidence needing eye witnesses? Well, they don’t say so, don’t give a phone number (i.e. police department) and seem to know about the happenings quite well.

Ok, so i looked for a description of what Draymond Coleman wore (the guy who allegedly raped and killed her. Most people seem to forget that he exists – see my previous post for an example) or his girlfriend/prostitute/mother of their child (Crystal Reardon). But i didn’t find any.

Why not? Why Jennifer Moore’s clothing?

So the “Bash-the-victim” classic “dressed like a slut” came to my mind. Only the (murdered) rape victim’s clothing is mentioned along the way. Neither Coleman nor Reardon have been reportedly raped. There’s not even the right context. The whole quote goes like this:

Friends who talked to Talia said she remembered nothing between the time of the ambulance ride and when she woke up safe at home.

Jennifer, meanwhile, wandered away from the lot, wearing a white miniskirt and black halter top. Detectives suspect that Jennifer – who was not old enough to drink legally – was worried about getting into trouble with cops.

It’s like they were just giving information they thought were interesting or necessary for us to know. Like miniskirt and halter top were responsible for the rape and murder (though the alcohol got more attention in the end but i don’t want to repeat that).

I just wanted to point this passing mention out which creates a certain impression without directly adressing it. They can be quite dangerous if they serve a special purpose like discrediting Afro-Americans, Jews or Muslims – People with a different skin colour and/or religion, etc.. Maybe some reader (if someone reads this at all) knows more examples. Just have nothing else to the fore at the moment.


The Godfather says: 

The devil is in the details




  1. sistasatan said,

    I’m totally with you on this. I made the same observation. In nearly every account I’ve read the news media has made mention that she wore a “black halter top” and “white miniskirt.” I occurred to me that when writing about a car accident victim, they don’t say, “and the driver was wearning a red t-shirt and a pair of blue jeans.” it suggest, as you pointed out, that she was “asking for it.” For the record, women are raped wearing everything from jogging suits to nightgowns. It’s alarming that the news sources would frame the discussion of her abduction, and subsequent murder and rape, in this way.

  2. Vito Corleone said,

    Yes, that’s true. They discuss the fact that she drank alcohol and mention her clothing.
    But it would have been quite interesting to know why a violent person like Coleman is allowed to become a taxi driver??
    I’ll quote the post again:

    ” Coleman’s criminal history includes two assaults in the mid-’90s for which he served community service.

    In 1997, police said he sold drugs to an undercover cop in Midtown. He was convicted on that charge and served about five years in prison.

    After his release in June 2002, he spent three years in and out of prison on parole violations. His last jail stint ended in January 2005.

    “Your actions show a tendency to use violent/assaultive behavior; when granted the opportunity of temporary release, you absconded,” parole board members said when they denied him early release in 2001.

    “You have been denied an earned eligibility certificate. You have failed to take advantage of the opportunities offered you by the criminal-justice system. You lack insight into your antisocial actions.” “

  3. sistasatan said,

    from what i can tell, coleman was not a taxi driver. but i’ll give you that there is a lot of conflicting evidence. i’ve read that the police are still searching for the taxi driver and that coleman used his moore’s cell to call riordan to have her come down and pay the taxi driver. and at this point, no taxi driver has come forward. i suspect that if coleman had owned a vehicle that moore’s body would not have been found two blocks from the hotel, as he was apparently meticulous in his attempts to erase DNA evidence, and therefore a connection to him.

    what surprises me is that he continues to say he is innocent. what an asshole. he uses her phone, he’s seen on TV cameras outside the hotel with her and riordan has began to give details about the murder, and yet he claims to be innocent. where is the remorse?

  4. Vito Corleone said,

    Yes, the whole thing about the taxi driver is not quite clear. Coleman probably wasn’t the taxi driver but was in the cab when Jennifer Moore entered.
    This is quite strange – who was the taxi driver and why didn’t he do anything? And why picking her up anyway – he already had a passenger (or two, if reardon had already been with him at that time). He could have called the police afterwards.

  5. Jon said,

    Being drunk and scantily dressed doesn’t mean “she deserved it”. Of course not. But did it contribute to her situation ? Use some common sense. Probably so. It was a terrible crime. What else can you say.

    If you go down to a black ‘hood and yell “nigger” and get beaten to death, does that mean you “deserve to die” for yelling a racial epithet ? Probably not. Did you contribute to your situation ? Of course you did. Wake up people.

  6. Vito Corleone said,

    So, what’s your point, Jon? That she didn’t “deserve it” but “asked for it” or is to blame instead?

  7. Sarah said,

    re: Jon–The only person who “contributed” to Jennifer Moore’s murder was the murderer period. What she was wearing or how much she had to drink was irrelevant.

  8. Vito Corleone said,

    That’s true, Sarah.
    Quite myopic to demand usage of common sense while coming up with this stupid “but she contributed to it”-argument. Following the logic of this argument nearly everyone who ever lived on this planet did contribute to it in a way (like Jennifer’s parents by giving birth to her, the pilgrims who founded this country, the guys prosecuting a lot of them, the early homo sapiens (sapiens), etc.). Becomes ridiculous.
    Anyway, i would like to know what makes someone insist on Jennifer Moore’s “contribution” to the crime after she was abducted, raped and killed – her naked body being stuffed in a container – and to drive the attention away from her rapist, her murderer.

  9. Austin of Sundrip Journals said,

    I found a really good article about rapists and blame. Here’s the link
    some of what she says is this:
    Instead of that sexist, victimizing ideal, how about:

    If a person is drunk, don’t rape them.
    If a person is walking alone at night, don’t rape them.
    If a person is drugged and unconscious, don’t rape them.
    If a person is wearing a short skirt or shorts, don’t rape them.
    If a person is jogging in a park at 5 am, don’t rape them.
    If they moaned and got hot, you’re still a rapist.
    If they came, you’re still a rapist.
    If they were on top, but forced, you’re still a rapist.
    If you used a condom, you’re still a rapist.
    If there were no weapons involved, you’re still a rapist.
    If they were someone you had sex with before, you’re still a rapist.
    If it was oral or anal sex, but forced, you’re still a rapist.
    If you used a foreign object in the act, but not any part of your own body, you’re still a rapist.
    Her list is pretty decent. I like it. It’ll be on my page My Time To Heal.
    Austin of Sundrip Journals

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