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Media Update – August 22, 2008

1. Sex-slave conviction overturned
2. Murder-suicide autopsies: 3 died of gunshot wounds
3. ‘Booger Red’ Gets Life
4. This swinger feels persecuted
5. Study Suggests Polygamy May Lead To A Longer Life
6. For some, Gitmo interrogation techniques are a real turn-on

7. Court overturns conviction of NYC’s ‘S&M Svengali’

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom — Media Update
August 22, 2008

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Sex-slave conviction overturned
by Jeff Lipton
Nassau Herald (Nassau, NY)
August 21, 2008

A federal appeals court last week overturned the conviction of a North
Woodmere man who was sentenced to nine years in prison last September for
the sadomasochistic torture of a woman he met on the Internet.

In a 17-page decision on Aug. 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second
Circuit granted Glenn Marcus, 55, a new trial in the sensational sex-slave
case, which dates to 1998, when he first met the woman online.

Marcus was accused of sexually torturing the now 40-year-old woman, who has
been identified only as “Jodi.” He also posted photos of sadomasochistic
acts on a Web site that he forced her to operate eight to 10 hours a day
without compensation between November 1999 and September 2001, according to

Marcus was living in his parents’ North Woodmere home during the time he
carried out what prosecutors described as his “horrific sexual abuses”

from 1998, when he met the woman on the Internet, to May 12, 2005, when he
was arrested.

Following a week-long trial in U.S. District Court in February 2007, a jury
of seven men and five women found Marcus guilty of sex trafficking and
forced labor, ruling that he violated the Trafficking Victims Protection Act
(TVPA). District Court Judge Allyne Ross sentenced him to a nine-year prison
term on Sept. 18.

But the three-judge appeals panel ruled last week since a good portion of
the alleged crimes took place before the TVPA was enacted in October 2000,
the conviction against Marcus should be thrown out.

The judges ruled that Marcus’s conviction violated the Constitution’s Ex
Post Facto clause.

Marcus’s attorney, Herald Price Fahringer, who handled the appeal, said his
client was “extremely pleased” with the court decision. He said that Marcus
has been held in jail for about eight months, and Fahringer hopes to get
bail set for him so Marcus can be released until his next trial. The date
for the retrial has not yet been set.

“He’s elated over the results of the reversal,” Fahringer said of
Marcus. “At least he’s not convicted anymore, and a trial means another chance.”

Marcus met Jodi in an online chat room devoted to bondage, dominance and
sadomasochism, according to court records, and persuaded her to travel from
her home in the Midwest to Maryland so they could meet, which they did in
October 1998, court documents state. During the visit, Marcus whipped Jodi
and carved the word “slave” on her stomach with a knife.

The slave-master relationship continued, and he punished the woman when she
expressed a desire to leave him in January 2000. Marcus forced her into his
parents’ basement in North Woodmere, placed a hood over her head, assaulted
her with hypodermic needles and a knife and then posted these images on his
Web site, authorities said.

In August 2001, when the victim once again asked for her freedom, Marcus
took her to the basement of a Hewlett residence of a female acquaintance,
bashed her head against a metal beam and bound her ankles and wrists to the
ceiling, leaving her there for several hours, prosecutors charged. He then
forced her to have sexual intercourse with him, photos of which he also
posted on the Web site, prosecutors said.

When the woman finally managed to escape, Marcus threatened that if she went
to the authorities, he would send the Web site images of her to her parents
and to newspapers to humiliate her.


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Murder-suicide autopsies: 3 died of gunshot wounds
by Abby Simons
Minneapolis Star Tribune (Minnesota)
August 21, 2008

Sherburne County officials continued Thursday to interview friends of a
Zimmerman man believed to have killed his wife and a man they met through
an online swingers club and then himself.

An autopsy conducted by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner revealed
Thursday that Gary Heald, 59, shot himself to death and that Deloris
(DeDe) Heald, 56, of Zimmerman also was killed by gunfire. Autopsy results
for Rory Scott Zitur, 47, of Buffalo, have not been released, but
investigators have said that all three were shot to death.

Sherburne County Sheriff’s Capt. Don Starry said Thursday that interviews
are still being conducted with those who knew the Healds, and that once
the investigation is complete, more information could be released
regarding Zitur’s relationship with the Healds, and the “chat line”
where they met.

“It should be part of the information that comes out,” he said. “Though
a lot of that specific stuff had already come out.”


‘Booger Red’ Gets Life
by Casey Knaupp
The Tyler Morning Telegraph (Tyler, Texas)
August 21, 2008

Patrick “Booger Red” Kelly was found guilty Thursday of engaging in
organized criminal activity and sentenced to life in prison for conspiring
with other adults to force two young siblings to have sex with each other
for a paying audience.

A Smith County jury of seven women and five men deliberated for less than
two hours before convicting Kelly, 41, Tyler, of the first-degree felony
for forcing a boy to have sex with his older sister during a doctor skit
at the Mineola Swingers’ Club for his financial gain on Aug. 1, 2004.

He was sentenced to the maximum sentence of life in prison and a $10,000
fine by the jury in 241st District Judge Jack Skeen Jr.’s court after
about 10 minutes of deliberation.

Four of the five child victims in the case also testified. All of them
identified Kelly, whom they know as “Booger Red,” as being part of a group
of adults that taught them in “kindergarten” how to perform sex acts and
then forced them to dance and perform for a paying audience at the club.

Kelly testified, denying he sexually abused the children or ever went to
the club. He said he never held “kindergarten” at his house and never
forced them to dance or perform sex acts.

Assistant Smith County District Attorney Joe Murphy said the case boiled
down to who the jurors believed and asked if they believed the children.
He said the defense wanted the jurors to believe a bunch of swingers and a
man named David with a bunch of tattoos, which one of the victims
described as being at the club, as well as the defense expert who didn’t
look at all of the evidence in the case.

Murphy said another of the defense’s theories was that the case was a
conspiracy with the Texas Ranger, Child Protective Services, the foster
parents, therapists and the children. He said Mineola police did a one-day
investigation and then shut the case.

Murphy said the swingers testified that kids weren’t at the club the four
or five nights they were there out of four months it was in operation in
2004. He said the state never said the swingers were there watching the
kids, but he didn’t think they were being completely truthful.

Like Kelly, “no one is going to stand up and say yes, I did this,” he

According to defense attorney Thad Davidson “We found eight swingers”
that testified that the club was open Friday and Saturday nights and the
only people with keys to the building were Russ and Sherry Adams.

He said one of the rules of the swingers’ club was that no children were
ever allowed; it was only consenting adults who were not pedophiles. The
swingers testified they had never seen Kelly before.

Davidson said the only one who did a thorough investigation in the case
and went to Kelly’s house was not Kemp, it was CPS Investigator Katy Wady.
She found no evidence that Kelly sexually abused his son or the children
victims in the case, he said.

Davidson said being a Texas Ranger is prestigious, but he was not
qualified as an expert in sexual abuse cases. The techniques Kemp used
when interviewing the children were improper because Ms. Cantrell was in
the room in some of them. The boy said 13 times he didn’t know what they
were talking about when questioned.


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This swinger feels persecuted:
Owner of Sextasy wants license, fights eviction
by Joe Schoenmann
The Las Vegas Sun (Las Vegas, Nevada)
August 21, 2008

David Cooper says he and his wife and their girlfriend have for years been
trying to find a “nice” establishment in which to have group sex with

He finally gave up on finding anything “where the walls don’t crawl”
and decided to open his own “high-end” swingers club, Sextasy, in the
Commercial Center shopping mall.

The Commercial Center, on Sahara Boulevard just west of Maryland Parkway,
seemed like the right place for it. The valley’s oldest strip mall has a
long history of housing controversial, adults-only businesses. For years
it was home to the Apollo, which was known as a meeting place for gay men.
These days the mall has a bar for transsexuals and a phone bank for an
outcall service.

And while it is also home to a nationally praised Thai restaurant, Lotus
of Siam, the Commercial Center’s X-rated claim to infamy is the Green
Door, which describes itself online as “the largest sex club in the

But, as with numerous other swingers clubs around the valley, the Green
Door’s business license says it’s a restaurant, a health club/spa,
everything but a sex club. Sex clubs, you see, are public nuisances,
according to the county code. That means they are illegal.

So Cooper figured he could just go along with the wink-and-a-nod protocol
and in February applied for a business license for a “restaurant” which
he eventually named Sextasy.

Then he encountered what his former lawyer, Allen Lichtenstein, lambasted
as bureaucratic hypocrisy, arbitrary code enforcement and, underlying it
all, the county’s wish to get rid of Commercial Center once and for all.

For years the county has talked about its desire to redevelop Commercial
Center, but has had a problem coming up with the money to buy out the
dozens of business owners operating there.

One effective strategy would be to drive down the price by using the power
of the government to get rid of the tenants first, Lichtenstein said.
Lichtenstein said the county early on “made specific overtures to (buy)
specific businesses”.

“And that is what’s really going on here”, he added. “They want
to buy the property”.

In February, in fact, the Clark County Commission approved the spending of
up to $7.6 million by the county’s redevelopment agency to appraise and
buy three adult-oriented businesses in Commercial Center, then relocate
the businesses and knock down the buildings.

Cooper said he was in meetings with county officials when they offered
tens of thousands of dollars for him to relocate. When the landlords of
the three properties couldn’t come to an agreement, the buyout fell
through and the county came after Cooper, he said.

But Lichtenstein and Cooper say the issues go beyond the Commercial Center
and its adult businesses.

At its core, Lichtenstein said, it’s a matter of the county’s selectively
enforcing its rules when it comes to sex businesses. “They’re basically
taking the position that they can decide which ones they will allow and
which ones they won’t allow”, he said.

Cooper points to recent activity by the county against a fetish club
called Libertine that was located in a strip mall near Pecos and Sunset
roads. The county denied the Libertine its business license in March, and
the district attorney’s office followed up in April with a complaint
alleging the Libertine was a sex club. In July, District Court Judge
Valorie Vega ordered the Libertine closed.

County spokesman Dan Kulin said the county is not targeting any business.
“Speaking in general terms, when we find out about something that
shouldn’t be going on, we take the appropriate action”, he said.


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Study Suggests Polygamy May Lead To A Longer Life
by staff writers
August 19, 2008

New research suggests that men from polygamous cultures outlive those from
monogamous ones.

Virpi Lummaa, an ecologist at the University of Sheffield, suggested that
after accounting for socioeconomic differences, men aged over 60 from 140
countries that practice polygamy to varying degrees lived on average 12%
longer than men from 49 mostly monogamous nations.

The research looks to solve the long-standing puzzle of life expectancy in
human biology.

A phenomenon called the grandmother effect seeks to explain why women are
able to live so long after the menopauseunlike nearly all other animals.

Lummaa says for every 10 years a woman survives past the menopause, she
gains two additional grandchildren. It seems that doting on and spoiling
grandchildren aids their survival, as well as furthering some of their
grandmother’s genes.

By contrast, men can reproduce well into their 60s and even 70s and 80s,
leading most researchers to assume this explained their longevity.

However, Lummaa and colleague Andy Russell wondered whether other factors
explained the long lifespan of men.

The researchers then compared the lifespan of men from polygamous
countries with those from monogamous nations.

The team then scored 189 countries on a monogamy scale of one to four –
totally monogamous to mostly polygamous, taking into account a country’s
gross domestic product and average income to minimize the effect of better
nutrition and healthcare in monogamous Western nations.

“Our monogamy score is a crude first stab, and we’re working to find
multiple ways to assess marriage patterns”, Lummaa said. She also added
that the conclusions could evaporate under further analysis.

The study suggests that if female survival is the main explanation for
male longevity, then monogamous and polygamous men would live for about
the same length of time.

However, it seems that fathering more kids with more wives leads to
increased male longevity. Men, then, live long because they’re fertile
well into their grey years.

This could be both a social and genetic explanation.

Men who continue fathering kids into their 60s and 70s could take better
care for their bodies because they have mouths to feed. But evolutionary
forces acting over thousands of years could also select for longer-lived
men in polygamous cultures.

Chris Wilson, an evolutionary anthropologist at Cornell University in
Ithaca, New York, who attended the talk, said the new study is a valid
hypothesis and a good prediction.


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For some, Gitmo interrogation techniques are a real turn-on
by Lisa Rose
New Jersey Star-Ledger
August 18, 2008

It’s eerie dark in the exhibition hall at the New Jersey Convention Center
in Edison.

Usually, the room is reserved for trade shows. But this summer weekend,
it’s been transformed into a 40,000-square-foot dungeon for sexual

Welcome to The Floating World, three days of suspended reality geared
toward those who explore extremes in carnality. The program encompassed
bondage, sadomasochism and role playing — including Gitmo-inspired
interrogator/detainee “torture” sessions.

The private event — no tickets sold at the door, no advertising anywhere
but the Web — drew nearly 1,000 attendees of every sexual orientation,
from Jersey and beyond. The registration fee for the gathering, which ran
Friday through yesterday, was $125-$190.

The course catalog featured a mix of lectures about relationships and
hands-on safety workshops. There were lessons in whipping, caning, roping,
gagging, punching, burning, biting, spanking and “power flogging.”

“Education is really important,” says Dan Andersen, director of the
Floating World, a nonprofit event launched last year and named for an
Edo-era Japanese subculture. “If you take your education from the movies,
you’re going to do a lot of bad things.”

A sign of the times, the course list also included “Interrogation and
Torture Techniques.” The class, which outlined how to fetishize Guantanamo
Bay and Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse, was taught by an instructor with a
military background. The core idea of torture play is to integrate topical
imagery as a trigger to boost fear and stimulate endorphins.

“When we’re using those references, it’s to provoke a reaction,”
says Susan Wright, founder of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and an
author whose latest novel is titled “A Pound of Flesh.”

“Anybody who protests us should ask themselves why they are not protesting
the reality of torturing prisoners. We’re consenting adults. We might get
in a pool with each other and waterboard somebody, but the person can say,
‘No, I don’t like this.’ They have a safeword.” (Prearranged “safewords”
are established as a stop signal.)

Some arrived at the convention center in plain vanilla street clothes,
while others strutted their liberated stuff in body stockings, dog collars
and shoes that could double as daggers. Scattered amid the cars in the
parking lot were carts for “ponies,” people saddled and harnessed like

Classrooms corralled the dungeon, a maze of not-so-comfy chairs, benches
and racks. Keeping watch were 22 dungeon monitors, eight medical techs and
a dozen security guards.


Court overturns conviction of NYC’s ‘S&M Svengali’
by Adam Goldman
Associated Press
August 16, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) – A federal appeals court has overturned the conviction of a
man dubbed the “S&M Svengali” and ordered a retrial in a sensational
case that involved mutilation and humiliation.

Glenn Marcus, 55, was convicted of breaking a law that wasn’t in place
when some of the offenses happened, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
said in a decision issued Thursday.

A three-judge panel said Marcus’ March 2007 conviction in federal court in
Brooklyn violated the Constitution. The New York man was sentenced to nine
years in prison for abusing a woman he photographed for his Web site,
which reveled in sadomasochism. She was identified only as “Jodi.”

Authorities used the 2000 Trafficking Victims Protection Act to prosecute
Marcus for incidents spanning from 1999 to 2001. Marcus’ attorneys argued
that the law was applied retroactively, and the appeals court agreed.

Prosecutors claimed Marcus crossed the boundaries of both civilized
society and the S&M community by holding his victim against her will.

The woman met Marcus in 1998 and agreed to be one of his “slaves.” He
carved the word “slave” into her abdomen with a knife, shaved her head
and systematically punished her, according to the appellate decision. He also
forced her to write for the Web site while he kept every penny it earned
through advertising and membership fees.

During their last encounter, he beat and whipped her while hanging her
from a beam, then forced her to write about it on the Web site, the
decision said.



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