Saturday, 2 May 2009

The Forgotten Victims of a Lie

John Floyd Thomas Jnr.

By Sarah: Maid of Albion

The pictures above are all of the same man, John Floyd Thomas Jr, they are all mug shots taken over a forty five year period from 1964 until 2009. Now 72, John Thomas, has just been arrested following DNA tests which have linked him to at least 30 rape related murders, carried out in the 1970's and 1980's. However, those crimes could be only part of Thomas' career, police believe that he may in fact be one of the worst ever serial killers in American history.

If he is found to be guilty of the 30 deaths currently linked to him, he would certainly be the most prolific serial killer ever in Los Angeles, a city which is not short of serial killers. However, it is now suspected that that his killing career may have stretched from 1955 until 1996, and the police are looking again at unsolved murders dating back over 50 years, where the victims resemble his alleged choice of victim, elderly white females.

If this is all true, as the LA police strongly suspect, we may wonder why it has taken over half a century to apprehend this man, as his album full of mug shots show us, he has been arrested many times during a lengthy criminal career, yet it seems he may have been able to pursue his grisly and violent hobby unhindered, possibly since the middle of Eisenhower's first term.

Could it be that he wasn't caught because he didn't fit the profile? Might it be that the police were not looking for him because he wasn't the colour that serial killers are supposed to be?

We have all heard the tired old lie that the average serial killer is a white male, it is repeated time and again in newspaper and magazines, on crime shows and in TV dramas, and everyone believes it, however, the problem is it is just not true. Male, he may be, but white, not so much.

The claim wasn't even true when it was first made in the 1940's and related specifically to America, at a time when whites made up 90% of the population, and when, if all was equal, you would statistically expect them to account for 90% of the serial killings, but even back then they didn't. Now sixty years on, when the non-white populations of both America and Europe have exploded, to keep promoting such a misleading stereotype is all but criminal. However, they keep pretending its true, because it is politically correct to do so, indeed, the fat black guy, who has replaced Grissom on CSI Vegas, stated it as a fact just a couple of weeks ago, and there was nobody there to question him.

Of course we know more about the white killers, but that is because the media focus on them, whilst ignoring the legion of black killers who do not fit the profile they like to present. The Sunday Morning Slasher, Coral Eugene Watts is suspected of being America's most prolific serial killer ever, with possibly as many as 80 to 100 victims, however, who has ever heard of him? Likewise Lorenzo Gilyard, Matthew Macon, Shelly Andre Brooks, Chester Turner, Carlton Gary and Andre Crawford, to name but a few, are men would certainly never appear on most popular lists of serial killers, but that's what they are.

Maybe the only one who might appear on that list is Wayne Williams the Atlanta child killer, and he is currently attempting to appeal his conviction on the grounds that “Black me are not serial killers”.

The double standards are stunning, imagine how many movies would have been made if a group of white psychos had murdered up to 87* black people in the 1970's, yet the Zebra killers are mentioned only in a few true crime books (*the confirmed figure is 16, but many believe that the Zebras killed as many as 71 other white victims). Similarly, a movie about the Carr Brothers would have been a box office smash, if only they had been white, but, of course, they don't count as they raped, tortured and murdered their four white victims all in the one night. (yet I doubt that is why the movie was never made)

It would be nice to think that the lie may at last be exposed, as headlines are already beginning to announce John Floyd Thomas as “LA's worst ever serial killer”, but you can be assured that the Community cohesion censors will shut that line down quite soon. However, even if they don't, it is too late for Thomas' 30, or maybe many more, victims, they died before the police knew who they were looking for.

Lies have consequences, and who can say how many of those women would not have died degrading, painful and terrifying deaths had the police not been seeking the PC, role profile perfect, white serial killer? The victims were mostly older women, with names such as Maybelle, Ethel and Elizabeth, not the teen co-eds of popular serial killer fiction, but they had families and loved ones, and has lived through wars, depressions, booms and first kisses, they did not deserve to die as they did.

Although mostly in their 60's many would have had years and probably decades still ahead of them, but instead they became the forgotten victims of a lie. And its a lie which is still being told.