The statement appears in today’s article, “How Did a Two-Time Killer Get Out to Be Charged Again at Age 83?” as if it’s the most natural observation in the world. Before reading the whole story, you should know that “Ms. Leyton” is a murder victim whose dismembered body was found inside a shopping cart in East New York, stuffed in a bag. The “Ms. Harvey” referred to is the individual charged with her murder, since investigators found a bloody mop, a tub full of towels and a box for an electric saw in the alleged killer’s apartment.
A homeless shelter worker and people close to Ms. Leyden questioned whether, despite her gender identity, Ms. Harvey should have been placed in a homeless shelter for women, given her history of attacking and murdering them.
Gee, ya think?
“Ms. Harvey” had already been accused of rape and convicted of murdering two other women. The article is about how it came to pass that the parole board released the repeat killer on parole after decades in prison, “first for shooting a girlfriend dead in 1963, and then for stabbing another in 1985, stuffing her corpse into a bag and leaving it in Central Park.”
The “Ms Harvey” identity is respectfully described, respected and never challenged in the Times piece. The first two murders, and the rape, all occurred before the convicted killer “identified” as female. [That’s the “female” in the photo above, being arrested.] The article simply calls Harvey “a transgender woman who transitioned at some point after her release from prison.” What “transitioned” means in this case is never explained.
I suspect that “Ms Harvey” might have been welcomed onto the University of Pennsylvania swimming team.
Please read the article, and then explain to me what the hell is going on. Among the things in the story I need explained is what this following statement by the reporter has to do with anything and why it is relevant, except as a desperate attempt to rationalize a ludicrous set of official decisions:
But transgender people are far more likely to become victims of violence, not perpetrators, and data from the National Center for Transgender Equality suggests more than half of transgender people who stay in shelters encounter harassment.
Well, enough: the more I think about this thing the more likely I am to go screaming into the night.