#DutchysCorner | Necro issues statement about Tori Stafford-Ontario murder trial [Blog]
London, ON – If you follow Canadian news, you’d likely be aware of the Victoria “Tori” Stafford case. Tori was an eight-year old girl abducted from Woodstock, Ontario on April 8, 2009, and subsequently murdered. On April 30, 2010, Terri-Lynne McClintic pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison. McClintic’s co-accused, Michael Thomas Rafferty, is currently on trial and charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, and first-degree murder. Earlier today in court, McClintic was cross-examined intently by Rafferty’s defence lawyer who suggested that his client is innocent and that McClintic was the “driving force” in Tori’s death.
So if you’ve read this far you might be asking yourself, “What does this have to do with hip-hop?” Well defence lawyer Dirk Derstine has made a point of questioning McClintic about her taste in music and focusing on the fact that she was listening to Brooklyn MC Necro, named in court as a ‘death rapper,’ on the day of Tori’s disappearance.
Early Friday, Derstine played clips of Necro’s “Garbage Bag” and “Dead Body Disposal” along with referencing other songs found on McClintic’s iPod. After admitting that she liked to listen to those types of records when she’s angry, the defence began implying that she was driven to the point of killing and pushed over the edge by the influence of the music and (of course) Rafferty, who doesn’t listen to Necro by comparison, is innocent. McClintic claims she didn’t remember if she listened to Necro as she walked up to Tori’s school on the day of the disappearance, but admitted to police after her arrest that she had listened to the artist earlier that afternoon.
So ultimately, whether it’s the defence lawyer drawing attention to Necro as a means to free his client or if McClintic initially introduced the idea in an attempt to free herself, the finger is once again being pointed at hip-hop. Not to say a jury isn’t smart enough to come to their own conclusion, but the greater public that doesn’t care for more info will largely base their understanding, if any, on the headlines they scroll past. And whether the argument actually holds any merit in court or not is beside the point. It doesn’t change the fact that hip-hop is coming under fire again. A lot of people are fed up with seeing it being used as a scapegoat, especially when it’s evidently not warranted – or tied to something as disgusting as the abduction and murder of an innocent eight-year old. I’m a hip-hop head and what happened to Tori makes me sick. I don’t know any other hip-hop heads, including Necro, who don’t feel the same.
Here’s something to take into account. As a child, long before she ever listened to Necro, Terri-Lynne McClintic allegedly killed a dog by putting it in a microwave. Red flag. On top of that, she proved to be deceitful by telling people that another neighbourhood dog had been the cause of the injuries and that the injured animal had to be put down. But sure, let’s blame this woman’s psychosis on hip-hop. It sounds more like she had serious issues long before Necro or hip-hop was on her radar. As a long-time Necro fan, I can’t remember ever having the urge to do what McClintic did after listening to his music, but I guess lawyers will say anything when they’re trying to avoid a guilty verdict.
Necro’s music is undeniably laced with explicit and violent content, but so are half the movies playing at the local theatre down the street. The very large majority of people will never commit murder based on what they’ve seen in a movie, or heard in a song. Of course, there are always exceptions.
In 2008, Milwaukee teenager Eric Tavulares was charged with first-degree murder after claiming to watch Natural Born Killers with his long-time girlfriend before strangling her. He was eventually convicted of second-degree reckless homicide and received 40 years. During sentencing, Tavulares dismissed the idea that a movie could be responsible for his actions along with the drug and alcohol problems he had dealt with during his life. Instead, he owned up to being in the wrong and asked the judge to give him the toughest punishment available to him for killing someone he called his best friend.
I need to be punished,” he said. “I believe this is best for me . . . I recommend the maximum sentence.” – Eric Tavulares
Despite the murder’s connection to the cult classic, the movie industry was never really put on blast. Granted there have been more high profile instances where movies played a clear influence, such as John Hinckley, Jr.’s 1981 failed assassination attempt of US President Ronald Reagan. Hinckley had become obsessed with Jodie Foster in the movie Taxi Driver where Robert De Niro’s character plots to assassinate a presidential candidate. He planned to impress her by killing Reagan. Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity and has lived inside St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C. ever since. This just adds to the earlier point that sane people don’t watch movies, or listen to music, and then commit murder as a result. And in terms of young minds developing with the influence of violent and sexual media, children shouldn’t be watching R-rated movies or listening to music with parental advisories to begin with. That comes down to good parenting.
Necro touches on some of those same points in a statement he released Friday evening. You can read it below. Bottom line, Necro’s name doesn’t deserve to be dragged through the mud for the twisted actions of McClintic regardless of whether she was a fan or not.
Written by Jesse “Dutchy” Plunkett for HipHopCanada
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“I DO NOT SUPPORT THAT ACT
AND NEVER PROMOTE MY FANS TO DO THAT” – NECRO
STATEMENT FROM NECRO
We apologize for the all-caps presentation of the statement below but it was copied and pasted directly from the e-mail we received.
I SEE I AM BEING MENTIONED IN THIS BIG CANADA MURDER TRIAL
I WASNT GONNA SAY ANYTHING BUT IT SEEMS ALOT OF FANS WANT ME TO ADDRESS THIS
I DO NOT SUPPORT THE KILLING OF KIDS
I LOVE CHILDREN AND FEEL THEY SHOULD BE PROTECTED AND LOVED AND CARED FOR, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE YOUR FAMILY
IM AGAINST ANYTHING THAT BRINGS HARM TO CHILDREN
ALOT OF US GREW UP MESSED UP BECAUSE WE WERENT LOVED AS KIDS OR GOT SCREWED OVER
AS FOR THIS CASE – EVERY FEW YEARS SOME LAYWER OR COURT OR NEWSPAPER TRIES TO BLAME SOME RAPPER OR METAL GROUP, BUT THATS CRAP, WETHER OZZY, OR JUDAS PRIEST, OR ICP, OR NOW NECRO
WE ALL HAVE 100,000 TO A MILLION FANS+ AND NONE OF THEM DO THESE TYPES OF THINGS, SO YOU CANT BLAME THE ACTIONS OF ONE OR A FEW KIDS ON AN ARTIST
AND IF YOU ARE GONNA ATTACK MUSICIANS THEN YOU GOTTA ATTACK MOVIES WHICH ARE MORE VISUAL
BUT YOU KNOW WHY NOONE ATTACKS MOVIES? BECAUSE ITS EASY TO ATTACK AN INDIE ARTIST OR STRUGGLING BAND, BUT ITS MUCH HARDER TO ATTACK ONE OF THE MAJOR MOVIE COMPANIES
MAJOR RECORD LABELS WILL THROW THEIR ARTIST UNDER THE BUS AND DROP THEM IN A SECOND, BUT YOU CANT DROP A BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE
AND MOVIES ARE USUALLY 5 TO 50 MILLION IN COST, BUT MUSICIANS USUALLY HAVE NO MORE THAN 100K TO A MILLION INVESTED
SO WE GET ATTACKED FIRST ALWAYS AND MOVIES AND EVERYTHING ELSE IS LEFT ALONE
I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BAD PARENTS AND HORRIBLE SCHOOL SYSTEMS AND GOVERNMENTS OF THE WORLD
TEACH YOUR KIDS AND SHOW THEM LOVE
IF ANYTHING IM MORE IN TOUCH WITH YOUR KIDS THAN THE PARENTS OR SCHOOLS ARE IN A POSITIVE WAY BECAUSE I TALK TO THE KIDS DAILY ONLINE, I RESPOND, AND YOU SEE ME MAKING POSITIVE MOVES IN LIFE REVOLVING AROUND ART, WETHER OR NOT THE ART IS VIOLENT OR NOT IS NOT THE POINT, ITS ART!!!!!
YOU CANT BLAME SOMEONE THAT CREATES VIOLENT MUSIC WHEN THE WORLD HAS BEEN VIOLENT SINCE IT STARTED, WAR AFTER WAR
I JUST REFLECT THE REALITY IN MY MUSIC
MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY FOR THEIR LOSS
I DO NOT SUPPORT THAT ACT AND NEVER PROMOTE MY FANS TO DO THAT