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His parents thought he was working as a hair stylist on weekends.

But when Prairie Grove, Ark., police responded to a 911 emergency call at 5 a.m., Sept. 26, 1999, they found 13-year-old Jesse Dirkhising on the floor, unconscious, near death, one of his wrists bound with duct tape.

His genitals and abdomen were covered with feces. His mouth was blue. He had a weak pulse, but did not appear to be breathing.

Paramedics took Jesse to the emergency room where he was pronounced dead at 5:30 a.m.

During police questioning, Joshua Brown, 22 explained that he and Jesse frequently tied each other up, though not for sexual purposes. But on this one occasion, he said, he decided to sneak up on the boy, tie his hands behind his back, shove underwear in his mouth and bind him with duct tape. He then placed a T-shirt over the boy’s head, but checked to ensure his nostrils were not blocked.

He placed belts around Jesse’s knees and ankles to hold his legs together. He then untied his wrists and secured them to opposite sides of the mattress. He positioned Jesse on his stomach, placing pillows under him before penetrating his anus with various items, including three fingers of his hand, his penis, a cucumber, a sausage and a douche bottle. Brown told police he also prepared and administered an enema for the victim, using his own urine as a liquid.

Brown then positioned a cucumber so that it was slightly penetrating Jesse’s anus and secured it with tape. He went to the kitchen where he took a lunch break from his fun and games. When he returned to the bedroom, he found Jesse was not breathing. Brown says he pulled the T-shirt off Jesse’s head, cut the tape and a bandana used to secure his gag and removed the underwear from his mouth.

A search of the premises later turned up numerous small green pills, various forms of prescription medicine, including the controlled substance amitryptilene, a heavy sedative used to treat depression. Two cucumbers, one covered in petroleum jelly, the other in feces were found in the bedroom. A tube-shaped sausage, a crushed banana and a plastic disposable douche bottle with applicator secured in place with duct tape were found among numerous items used in bondage – belts, more duct tape, strapping tape, handcuffs, nylon rope, a rubber jump rope and electrical cord.

In the living room, detectives found a computer and related equipment still running. When the monitor was turned on, a program titled, “Medical Drug Reference 4.0,” was running. A note written to “Baby” was found. “Baby,” detectives learned, was a term of endearment David Don Carpenter, 38, used to refer to Brown, his live-in lover. The note listed three types of prescription pills, advice on forcing someone to take them, positioning pillows beneath a male subject in a certain way and a threat to sexually assault someone for the next 14 hours. The note included a diagram depicting a person on a bed, face down, bound in tape.

The two men raped Jesse at least six times.

Why am I recounting a 5-year-old police blotter story from Arkansas?

I was reminded of this haunting story recently when ABC News’ “20/20” exploded the myth, once and for all, that Matthew Shepard’s Wyoming murder a year earlier was a “hate crime” based on his homosexuality, one perpetrated, aided and abetted by religious zealots in the Christian Coalition, the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family.

Shepard’s murder was a national sensation, the impetus for special-circumstance “hate-crime” legislation from coast to coast – even though robbery appeared to be the motive all along.

But the story of Jesse Dirkhising never made more than a ripple in the national news. I know. I broke the first national coverage of the murder – and, I was equated with David Duke by the Washington Post ombudsman for doing so.

I wonder why one death was so nationally significant and the other wasn’t? I wonder why one death led to new laws being written and the other didn’t? I wonder if it could have anything to do with the fact that the perpetrators of the Dirkhising murder were members of a special class of people we’re told deserve extra government privileges and recognition? I wonder if it could have anything to do with the fact that the case illustrates so accurately the dark underbelly of the homosexual lifestyle – the part the elite media don’t want you to see?

Remember how the nation stood riveted to the details of a hideous murder of Matthew Shepard? Never mind that the crime had little or nothing to do with the victim’s sexual proclivities. Uh-uh. That didn’t matter. This was a hate crime. New laws were needed. New brainwashing programs must be introduced into the schools. New sensitivity outreach projects were required by all media outlets. President Clinton sounded off. Attorney General Janet Reno chimed in.

And then there was Jesse Dirkhising. There was no hand wringing, no candlelight marches, no national news coverage for the 13-year-old victim of homosexual rape and murder. No presidential proclamations – even though the heinous crime took place in Clinton’s home state.

Jesse Dirkhising was brutally raped, tortured and murdered – for fun, for thrills, for the hell of it, because it felt good, maybe even because a certain politically protected lifestyle has been elevated to virtual sainthood.

The real hate crime is that more Jesse Dirkhisings are being victimized every day – and no one seems to care. Little boys are raped and abused and murdered by psychopathic predators – and somehow that’s not considered “hateful.”

The more we tolerate, celebrate and condone the “alternative lifestyles” that bring us such horrors, the more of these horrors we’ll see – or, thanks to the cover-up artists in the elite media, won’t see.


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