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