Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Mike Quandt and Mike Echols: Cut from the Same Cloth

In a post on Rikijo’s blog dated to last December, Velocity/Michael Quandt called Mike Echols a “champion of children’s rights” and promised to continue Echols’ work. Quandt had probably come across Echols’ name repeatedly while browsing anti-pedophile websites, and without doing any in-depth research, concluded that Echols’ was a child savior on par with his buddy Ray Dixon/Rikijo. Had he done serious research, Quandt would have discovered that Echols was a child-abusing liar and psychopath who masked his real agenda under the banner of child protection. For frequent readers of this blog, that description will sound familiar. Ray Dixon/Rikijo and Mike Quandt/Velocity should not have announced that they were going to begin carrying on Echols’ tradition. They have been carrying on Echols’ tradition all along.

Walter Harlan Echols was the author of several extremely graphic novels depicting the rape of young boys. One of these, I Know My First Name Is Steven, later became a Sunday night made-for-television movie and was Echols’ claim to fame until his death. What few people know is that prior to embarking on a career as an author, Echols demonstrated his commitment to children’s well-being by physically abusing two thirteen-year-old boys for whom he was supposed to be caring.

Only when he wasn’t abusing children or exploiting their tragedies for money did Echols pretend to champion their rights. His primary method of advocacy was to maintain a website where he advertised his graphic child abuse novels, and where he posted a list of alleged “Internet Sex Predators and Nambla members.” Most of the people featured were guilty of little more than voicing an opinion different than that of Echols. But this did not stop Echols from posting their addresses and phone numbers, accusing them of engaging in illegal activity, and even making threatening phone calls to their families and employers. Echols’ site also featured cropped images of illegal pornography, almost all of which featured boys in early adolescence. According to Echols, posting the images would help his readers identify the victims of sexual exploitation. More discerning readers pointed out how suspicious it was that these images, like Echols’ books and criminal charges, involved only boys in early adolescence. Weren’t all children worth saving?

The same question can be asked of Ray Dixon/Rikijo and Michael Quandt/Velocity. Both fixate only on sexual abuse even though far more children each year are the victims of physical abuse. Both also deal only with the male victims of sexual abuse even though the majority of the victims of sexual abuse are female. The similarities extend even further: Rikijo has an extensive criminal record, just as Echols did. And Rikijo and Velocity use their blog to embarrass and harass potentially innocent people by posting personal information, just as Echols did. So when Velocity/Michael Quandt declares that he is going to begin to follow in Echols’ footsteps, the only logical response is "You already have. By the way, what's your real agenda?"

Monday, April 09, 2007

A new low for Rikijo/Ray Dixon

As any real children’s advocate can attest, the investigation of missing children is a serious matter in which time is of the essence. The last thing police or parents need is a false lead, particularly one cooked up in the fevered imagination of a convicted criminal and notorious liar. But that’s what they got last November when Rikijo/Ray Dixon posted on his blog about two missing children from Red Lake, Minnesota.

Instead of expressing sympathy for the parents or notifying his readers how they might be able to help the family, he cynically chose to exploit the episode in an effort to demonize David Thorstad, the perennial target of his cyber-witchhunt. “David, where are those kids?” Dixon/rikijo taunted, claiming that Thorstad had been “hanging around the Red Lake Indian Reservation” and thus played a role in the disappearance of the children. That thousands of other people also routinely “hang around” the reservation obviously never crossed Dixon’s debilitated mind. Neither did Dixon consider the potential harm his baseless speculation could have had on the investigation or the distress it could have caused the parents of the two children

When volunteers this past week discovered the bodies of the two missing children encased in ice, Dixon again posted about the story at the top of his blog, proclaming that “the investigation continues.” The investigation has continued, of course, in the form of an autopsy that has ruled out the possibility of foul play. So what does Dixon, a self-proclaimed savior of the little children, do? Does he show any remorse for his crass appropriation of the tragic deaths of two children? Does even bother to update his readers on the story? Of course not. Rikijo/Ray Dixon has as much contempt for the truth as he has for Thorstad, and he’s not about to let any facts get in his way. What self-respecting witch-hunter would?