Some free advice

By Dogtown Commoner | Posted at 8:50 pm, December 5th, 2007 | Topic: oakland, Uncategorized

Here’s some unsolicited advice: If you’re considering getting married, you should probably think hard about the decision. If the person you are considering marrying is a convicted murderer and rapist, you should probably think extra hard about that decision. If the person is a convicted murderer and rapist and has also changed his name from Jesse Crisp to Jesus Jihad, then — just my two cents here, mind you — you probably shouldn’t think about marrying them at all. Here’s how the Oakland Tribune summarizes the background of Mr. Jihad, who will soon face trial for stabbing his wife to death and then severely wounding her sister and a 15-year-old relative in July:

Jihad was sentenced in 1973 to a life behind bars for the murder of the sailor in Alameda. But he was paroled in 1987 and changed his name from Jesse Crisp to Jesus Jihad.

About six years later, Jihad was convicted of raping his 19-year-old step-daughter in Berkeley and sentenced to 19 years in jail. Once again, however, he was released early and placed on parole after serving a decade in prison.

Police say he met Hendricks about three years ago and they were married for about two years.

Can someone remind me why it’s not legal for one law-abiding and nonviolent man to marry another law-abiding and nonviolent man, while it’s perfectly okay for a murderer to get married again after being convicted of raping his stepdaughter?