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Stab While He’s Sleeping – 9/52 Ways to Stop Pedophiles

February 27, 2013

Maria Reyes Garcia-Pellon admits she killed her husband, Matthew White, on 2.11.13. Her weapons of choice were two kitchen knives. Early reports indicate that the first slice of his throat sealed his fate, although he woke up and they struggled.

One side of the story says that Maria learned White was watching child porn on his computer, but she didn’t immediately act. She waited. She struck when he was asleep in their bed. “It’s every man’s worst nightmare,” according to Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan. (Different reports suggest she may have tried other ways to stop him, then became a desperate vagilante.)

Maria, an elementary school teacher, allegedly told officers, “I caught him looking at pornography, young girls. I love kids. I had to do it.”

Bloody knife

Although he has a common name, Matthew White was uncommon in the world of basketball. A team star, then graduate of Penn State University and the Wharton School, he was drafted by the Portland Trailblazers in 1979. White went on to play professional basketball in Spain, where he met Maria. They married, created a family and moved back to Pennsylvania. White became a fixture at Penn State basketball games and was still a record-holder from his glory days.

A shockwave moved through the Penn State community, already exhausted with the Sandusky CSA scandal. Public reactions have generally praised and honored White, even taking a position that child porn is a fake reason for killing him – including unfounded denials that the porn exists on his computer. (Official analysis will easily answer this question. Answers about his wife’s mental health may be elusive.)

Abruptly opinionated supporters of White claim a simple report to the police would have caused her husband to be arrested, then sentenced for his crime. Evidenced by how the Sandusky reports were handled, why should Maria have believed that her sports-star husband would be stopped by the same people?

It seems as if the boys of Penn State and the greater sports world did not learn from the CSA blowup of 2011. Reports of child porn are still greeted with a snicker, and comments like ‘All guys watch porn.’ News reports and sports blogs that feature details of the murder do not include a single mention that what White supposedly did, entertaining himself with sexual images of young girls, is wrong.

More signs of a sick society: Support for Maria included only a dozen women at the courthouse as she waived her preliminary hearing before a judge. (Shades of a scene in the novel, Vagilantes.) This intensely real support stands small against the towering Rah! Rah! accolades that were instantly draped on the body of Matthew White.

There certainly are more pedophile victors than Vagilantes, also evidenced by the easily accessed glut of child porn. But, our simple tools such as kitchen knives can be powerful. Lovers of kiddie porn are advised to sleep lightly.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 28, 2013 9:35 am

    Lovers of kiddie porn are advised to sleep lightly…lol

  2. Jenny Tennant permalink
    April 1, 2013 1:51 am

    From what I’ve read, Matt was looking at porn, but not child porn — that’s a huge difference. So far, the only word we have that it was child porn was from the lips of the crazy woman who stabbed him multiple times. Why not wait for the official report before damning him?

    • April 3, 2013 3:01 pm

      From what I’ve read, “the crazy woman” was not determined by her psychiatric evaluation to be crazy. Her attorneys are reported to agree with the mental capacity finding.

      If Maria goes to trial, we’ll all know if the porn on Matthew’s computer indicates that children or young teens were sexually abused. Until such information is released, I’ll believe the word of Maria as quoted by news reporters. (Yes, I know that some people are misquoted.) is not a judge and jury. We will never wait until all the so-called facts are heard before responding to news reports. Waiting quietly is a practice that has allowed too many children to be sexually exploited.

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