Media Update – June 12, 2003

1. Kinkiness has hit the mainstream
2. Inn Caters to Lifestyles Trade
3. Ryther's accuser now says she made up allegations
4. Depraved New World

1. Kinkiness has hit the mainstream
2. Inn Caters to Lifestyles Trade
3. Ryther's accuser now says she made up allegations
4. Depraved New World
Kinkiness has hit the mainstream
By Ricardo Baca
Denver Post
June 10, 2003
Some think sadomasochism and bondage can be found only in seedy pockets of the big cities. Others have been to Lakewood.
Many were shocked when The Labyrinth – a club for bondage, dominance and sadomasochism (BDSM) aficionados on West Sixth Avenue west of Sheridan Boulevard – was shut down two weeks ago for a zoning violation. But a quick glance at pop culture shows there is more BDSM floating around than you might suspect.
Hot Topic stores, found in most major malls, sell bondage paraphernalia, although not nearly the expansive selection of The Crypt, a small shop on Broadway near the Mayan Theatre. Lurid documentary programs such as "Real Sex" (HBO) and "Sex2K" (MTV) bring it into living rooms.When a greeting card featuring a cat in thigh-high boots, a leather corset and a whip sits in the King Soopers card aisle among the other holiday and birthday greetings, it's safe to say BDSM has gone mainstream. [cont.]
To read the rest of this article, go to:
http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~78~1446054,00.html
To respond, write to: openforum@denverpost.com
Inn Caters to Lifestyles Trade
By Mary Toothman
The Ledger (Florida)
June 6, 2003
DAVENPORT — The Comfort Inn changed its name to the Reunion Inn last fall in hopes it might attract family reunions to boost business during hard times for hotels. Business has been in full swing at the hotel in recent months — but not because of family reunions.
Located near Interstate 4 on U.S. 27, The Reunion Inn has been renting one of its banquet halls to a nightclub touted as "Florida's Premiere Erotic Night Club with a Sensual Touch." The club, Celebration for Couples Playmates, reportedly has drawn as many as 400 people on Saturday nights. Its Web site boasts "9,500 square feet of pure erotic fun" — but its owner said it's a family-oriented business.
A few days after being contacted by The Ledger, however, the Web site notified members it had temporarily discontinued Saturday parties. In one telephone interview, club owner Connley Davidson said a newspaper article would mean the end of the club. "You know once you put this in the newspaper, that'll be it," he said. [cont.]
To read the rest of this article, go to:
http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20030606/NEWS/306060368/1004
To respond, write to: voice@theledger.com and cc: mary.toothman@theledger.com
Ryther's accuser now says she made up allegations
by Hern Mrquez Estrada
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 12, 2003
The woman who filed a police report accusing former TV sportscaster Tom Ryther of domestic abuse and breaking her collarbone said Wednesday that she is recanting her story.
Kelley Marie Freeman, 41, called the Star Tribune on Wednesday and said she made up the allegations in a jealous rage after she found Ryther, 65, talking to another woman at a "swingers" party at a St. Paul hotel.
Ryther said they decided to attend the party, going on in a ballroom, because they were curious about "what kind of people" attend such an event. [cont.]
To read the rest of this article, go to:
http://www.startribune.com/stories/1405/3932082.html
To respond, write to: opinion@startribune.com and cc: hme@startribune.com
Depraved New World
By Carolyn Banks
Washington Post
June 10, 2003
ANYONE YOU WANT ME TO BE
A True Story of Sex and Death on the Internet by John Douglas and Stephen Singular
In his youth, John Robinson was an Eagle Scout and a seminarian. In his fifties, he advertised himself as a sadist looking for love slaves. A balding grandfather, he was accused of murdering several of the women who answered his kinky call. He stored their bodies in barrels. Prosecutors used these grisly finds to secure Robinson's conviction and his death sentence.
The Internet — in both its enormous range of contact and its capacity for anonymity — enabled John Robinson to commit his crimes. Not only did it allow this pudgy family man to spend his leisure hours trolling for victims, it also permitted those victims — women with dark longings — to voice their long-hidden needs.
The John Robinson case bequeathed to investigators a new designation for a new class of murderer — the cyberserial killer. Imagine how the jurors in Robinson's Kansas City trial learned about the S&M subculture where Robinson stalked his prey. [cont.]
To read the rest of this book review, go to:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A37335-2003Jun9.html
To respond, write to: Letters@washpost.com
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