How a comedian had over 1,000 paedophiles indicted

Barry Crimmins is a comedian. His aims in life are to overthrow the Government of the United States and to close down the Catholic Church. So you can see he thinks big. After establishing himself as the edgiest comedian in the U.S.A in the ’80s, especially in terms of political satire, Crimmins turned his attention to waging war on paedophiles.

He was called as an expert witness to a Senate Judiciary Committee in 1995 and provided evidence that resulted in over 1,000 indictments against people trafficking paedophile images and online stalking of children. He exposed the then leading American internet provider, AOL, as being complicit in, and profiting from, online chat rooms for paedophiles.

Crimmins is still active as a performer and campaigner. He was raised a Catholic, but now regularly tweets the Pope, asking to be excommunicated.

His amazing story is told in the documentary “Call Me Lucky”. It is, at turns, hilarious, heartbreaking and inspirational.

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Poem a Day #21 – Confessional Poem

confession

Swapping messages of mutual support with Roxy Contin this morning, she mentioned that her poems are mostly ‘confessional’. (Read her excellent blog here.) This was a good prompt for me to attempt one, though not in the same style as hers. I was brought up Roman Catholic, and, for some years as a child, went to confession fairly regularly.

 

Confessional Poem

Dry incense darkness

A screen slides open

A backlit lattice pattern profile

 

In the name of the Father,

the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

He knows who you are

 

It is one week since my last confession Father

Oh God, how many sins

can one boy commit in a week?

 

I reel them off,

the same ones every week.

I never learn

 

He sighs, no surprises,

knows what I’m not telling him.

 Say two Hail Mary’s and an Act of Contrition

 

Yes Father, thank you Father

A clean slate.

Now it starts all over again.

 

© Mike Hopkins 2014