Poor Patsy Ramsey did not live to see the day when the actual murder suspect of Jon Beney would be brought home for trial. CNN just broke the news that John Mark Karr, a 41 year old one time school teacher was arrested in Bangkok after having been investigated for a few months. Apparently, an investigator with the Colorado district attorney's office is 'bringing him home', as the news broke. Karr was also investigated for another, unrelated sex crime. Well, for sex crimes or pedophile sexascapes, Bangkok is the place to be. Nothing much changes there and when I was there for a few weeks of holidays, I could not bring myself to go to the 'district' for a curious 'look see'. You could 'see' plenty with obvious older Western males walking around with a much younger, Thai woman (not necessarily underage) and I remember thinking, yuk, only because this guy has money (for Thai standards) is he even out with her. Literally poor Thai families are known to sell their daughter off for work in Bangkok and I wish I'd knew how to work the 'cut and paste' and link feature on this notebook (am working away in a hotel in Houston where we'll be for a few days) otherwise I'd be linking away. There is this organization where they raise money to provide the families with support, so that the girl(s) will have a change to not only stay home and stay out of the sex trade, but to go to school. That was the contradiction of Thailand; the opulance of some of the Temples, the obvious richness of the Royal family (but speak no ill of the Royal family or you'll be in big doodoo, plus, the Thai themselves won't hear of it) and the abstract poverty of a great part of the population.
Inspite of that, the obiquitous smile of the Thais are all around, no matter how poor they were. Mai pen rai means never mind. When you see young girls in sex districts (well, read about them, or see the documentaries), you have to say that you do
mind. Yes, life can be tough, mai pen rai. And hopefully for Karr, he will have it tough come judgement time. To the Thai law enforcement who helped out catch this predator (and please guys, on to the next)..Kap Koon Ka!
To the Ramsey family, I am glad you finally can have some closure. Jon Benet would have been 16 yrs old this year.
(can't link guys, sorry, I'll have a 'linked' post on the sex trade when I get home..yes we have a cease fire, but hey, the sorrows of the world still are plenty!)