The Cucumber Incident: Revisited

Back in July, 2004, I posted some thoughts on the documentary called The Cucumber Incident.

The film told the story surrounding an incident that made national headlines in 1997. Three women had attacked, stripped, and forced a cucumber in the butt of a convicted child molester. They then drove the man back to his home town of McComb, Ohio and dumped him outside a pizza shop. The women were arrested and served time in jail as well as being labeled sex offenders.

The twist was the man was the husband of one of the women and the other two were the wife’s relatives. The guy had served time in prison for molesting his daughter and had been suspected of doing it again.

Someone posted my article in full on the Indymedia network of websites and comments flooded in to my article.

Most of the comments took me to task because I refused to applaud the women’s revenge. I was also taken to task for not being outraged at the husband’s acts and one person commented that it was no surprise as I was man. Several comments mentioned that if one was a victim of abuse then one would understand.

I reject all of those comments.

Revenge is not justice even if it is for a heinous act. The child was examined by the proper authorities and there was not enough evidence to arrest Randy, the husband.

The fact remains that Jewel chose to allow Randy back into house after he got out of prison. If she had kicked him to the curb then it is less likely another incident would have happened. Even after the alleged incident Jewel had the choice to leave him or kick him out of the house.

I do not look on child abuse of any kind lightly but it still doesn’t trump the fact that revenge is not justice.

My gender has nothing to do with my views on the woman’s acts. Revenge is not justice. I would feel the same way if it were 3 men attacking a female molester.

Although I have not been personally been abused, there was an incident in my family several years ago that still has a negative impact on me and the family.

Originally posted on the blog “Hancock County Politics Unfiltered”

5 Replies to “The Cucumber Incident: Revisited”

  1. Nice comment. It is telling the person wouldn't leave their name and it is obvious they didn't read my article or this one.They seem like the uneducated one to me. 

  2. I still find it amusing how all the replies ignore the best counter to this ridiculous garbage that these women were involved in. As one poster asked what would you crazed vengeance seekers think of the proposal that all the women schoolteachers that were involved in sex crimes be raped immmediately as part of their rehabilitation? It is remarkable how ignorant some people are. The idea of a justice system is to prevent the will of the masses from creating travesties. Lynch mob attempts at justice will always fall FAR short of the mark. Even if you can prove that someone was guilty after the fact the number of innocents that will be hurt by your scandalous sex crimes or murders as others of you suggest is incalculable. The women should never regain custody of their children as they are violent and anti-social indicating no remorse that I could see at all in their interviews. Way to have a disgustingly feminized worldview of society in which all men are offenders because you can't get over abuse from your childhood. Some of us had worse things than sexual abuse happen to us. If you lost everything you had, your family, your possessions, and your dignity (the infamous abuse OH MY!) you might have something to complain about. However others of us (this would be me) like to live the rest of our 80 years of life instead of repeating the one month of total time that we were abused for the entirety and making everyone else have a completely false understanding of the "damage" it does that means we need sympathy for the rest of our lives. Throw down the crutch and grow up. Criminals are criminals. 

  3. I am a social worker in New Mexico and I find that the acts of these women is atrocious and they got off with no more than a slap on the wrist. There was not enough evidence that Randy had reoffended, and even if he had, the mother was criminally neglegent under the Adoptions and Safe Families Act, she allowed the man back into her home after he had molested her. None the less, this is the United States, we are supposed to be more civilized than this, VIGILANTE justice can NOT be tolerated. As for the first anonymous poster, you are the uneducated one, THESE women were not victims, they are criminals and thats why they were prosecuted. The mother Julie (I believe) is just as responsible for any act perpetrated by Randy. I am GLAD that the children were removed, as a social worker andjust knowing the little that I learned on Shotime I would have removed them from the home as well, and adopted them out. 

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