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Saturday, May 3, 2008

WOLF CRIES RAPE, Farmer Shoots Sheep

By Christopher Wilde

Darrell Roberson came home one night to find his wife,Tracy Roberson barely dressed, outside their home, and in the truck of another man.  When she cried rape her husband took out a gun and shot the man, Devin LaSalle, killing him.

Texas authorities understood Darrell's distress and did not charge him for the murder.  However, when it was revealed that Devin LaSalle had been invited there by Tracy and had in fact been seeing her lover for some weeks, Tracy was charged and convicted of manslaughter.

I would love to dig down into this story and have some deeper details about the life of this stay at home mother.  If any of the people involved in this story were white, well off, or otherwise noteworthy those details would be splashed across the media. 

It's sad that someone had to lose their life, but were it not so we wouldn't know about the actions of this woman.  She was cheating, she accused her lover of rape, and subsequently cost him his life should her lies and betrayal not be part of the public discourse about fidelity as much as former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer?

New Feature

I've decided to add a new feature to some of my post called Talking Points which are short lists of questions and statements to think about and to spark your discussions with other people.  Please feel free to comment and let me know how you feel about this feature.

  • Who bears the responsibility for the infidelity, the woman, the man, both parties regardless of seduction?
  • Darrell Robertson carried a gun, his wife stated she was afraid of him.  Is acting out with another man ever excusable in a troubled marriage?
  • What does infidelity say about the institution of marriage?  Does marriage, a common choice for women (especially uneducated women) rob them of power?  Was the infidelity an act of carnal desire, or a struggle for power to be perceived as attractive and still valuable in the eyes of someone else?

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