WITH THE FIRST LINK, THE CHAIN IS FORGED

For a long time, I was a STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION fan. What I loved about the show was how it wasn’t squeamish to take on certain topics that although it was a science fiction show, was based very much in the real world of today. Whether it was the Klingons or the Romulans, the Cardassians, or the Dominion as was the case of the spin-off to TNG, STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE, there was one underlying truth about it: It dared to tackle the things we in this ‘real’ world thought was beyond the realm of possibilities. There was one episode in TNG‘s fourth season titled The Drumhead. It was an amazing episode featuring an incredible performance by guest star, the late Jean Simmons, as Starfleet Admiral Norah Satie. The plot of the episode was simply, a young Starfleet cadet named Simon Tarses is accused of committing high treason against the Federation by failing to admit his Romulan heritage. Admiral Satie goes on a futuristic witchhunt in order to weed out the corruption within Starfleet and takes Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) to task for daring to try to defend Tarses. Within the episode’s intricate storyline, Satie believes there is further corruption inside the Federation and within the ranks of The Enterprise’s crew. She even accuses Picard of being ‘in on it’. [ Full synopsis can be found here: Wikipedia ] At a crucial point in the episode and under heavy examination by Satie’s prosecutor, Picard stops the procedings and issues this statement:

You know, there are some words I’ve known since I was a schoolboy: “With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.” Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie, as wisdom and warning. The first time any man’s freedom is trodden on, we’re all damaged.

What Picard meant is that, with the first accusation or the first illegal thing done, there is a slippery slope that creates a landslide. This landslide continues until everything that was, is forever wiped out and nothing of what used to be, remains. I should also take the time here to give a meaning to the word drumhead What it refers to is the custom where summary justice dispensed on the battlefield, around an upended drum, where appeals were always denied. Customarily, during a drumhead trial, there is an implied lack of judicial partiality which renders almost always, a verdict of guilty and summary judgement in the form of death for the offender.

How does all of this pertain to Roman Polanski?

To say I’m dismayed at the recent rulings in the Roman Polanski case, would be undercutting what I actually feel. For some reason the California District Attorney’s office under DA Steve Cooley and DA David Walgren seem to not want to have aired certain facts of this case. I’m not sure if it has anything to do with Cooley’s current run at the Attorney General of the State of California, but there is somethering rotten in Denmark. What is particularly suspect is why no one wants to look into the gross judicial misconduct made by Judge Laurence J. Rittenband. What people fail to note, and there is a certain few posters over at Polanski’s IMDB board you can view [ HERE ], who seem to think this is just about Polanski. It isn’t.

If Rittenband has been found to have committed other cases of judicial misconduct, then this throws all of his rulings into serious review. Any link along that thing called chain of custody is suspect, then the whole case is deemed either unprosecutable, or totally unable to be adjudicated with the fullest essence of what the law is supposed to represent. It is not something that is arbitrarily used to convict those who are of a certain bracket. Whether that be gender based, class based, or even ethnically based. It is supposed to be blind. There was nothing blind about what Judge Rittenband was doing to Roman Polanski. By nature of his refusal to accept the terms of the plea bargain, Rittenband excercised not only poor judgement, but allowed his own record throughout his career become susceptable to review. And any fair verdict of those actually guilty of their offense, could now be subject to reversal and perhaps even, freedom for those actually guilty of committing crimes more serious than the one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor that Polanski was not convicted of, but rather, pled to under a scripted dramatic reading in Rittenband’s courtroom.

In the NBC procedural LAW & ORDER: SPEICAL VICTIMS UNIT fifth season episode “Poison”, guest star Tom (“Alien”) Skerritt played the part of Judge Oliver Taft. Taft came under the scorn of ADA Casey Novak played by Diane Neal for his class bias. With a mirror turned, it might well have been the Roman Polansk case. Here it is in its entirety:

What is astonishing here is that the plot of this episode is exactly what happened in the Roman Polanski case; the judge having total control over everything from how the ADA dressed to the way the child was more or less best up on in the Taft’s chambers. Why this means so much to me is that without transparency in our courts, houses of government and in those places were we expect to have parity, we cannot truly say that such things are transparent. Unless we demand this of our judges, prosecutors, senators, politicians, we remain linked forever to that all too rare of birds, forfeiting our rights for those of a select few who dictate our futures. And without proper review and that aspect of being allowed to A) confront our accusors, and B) demand transparency, we are giving up our human freedoms. Just because a select few deem Roman Polanski a criminal from a proceeding that was by its very aspect, illegal, we are setting a dangerous precedent we can never recover from.

Roman Polanski was never convicted. That is a fallacy often repeated for the purient interest of those refusing to learn the facts. He was never truly found guilty due to the impropriety of Rittenband’s courtroom. That it has been recently revealed that Roger Gunson, the original prosecutor in the case, has given sworn testimony which can be read here: Roman Polanski Appeals Document (PDF format) ], that Rittenband engaged in illegal conduct, and that the current presiding judge, Espinoza, has refused to allow the unsealing of that document leaves Espinoza with nothing more than the taint of Rittenband towering over his courtroom. Again, another link forged in the judicial persecution of Roman Polanski. What is shocking is that no one other than Polanski’s supporters seem to care about this. There is the notion that because Roman Polanski is not an American, he doesn’t deserve the full rights and freedoms given to those inside the United States. This conjures some kind of absolute rule of kings those who left England for the New World, sought to escape from. Where only the elite can dictate what will or will not happen to those of us on the ground. Some might even state that Roman Polanski has enough money to defend himself. He’s rich. Well, not so much. The erroneous belief that Polanski whose net worth back in 1977 was cited as being no more than $60, 000.00 American, is a rich man, is not true. He has a limited coffer from which to pull. And all of these legal arguments he’s been forced to fight, he is has little left. Consider too, how much interest the Swiss are pulling from the $4.5 million dollar bail Polanski had to post in order to be released to his Gstaad chalet. One has to wonder if this isn’t an orchestrated move on Cooley and Co’s behalf to bleed the man dry.

It concerns me too that no matter what Polanski does, it seems the Americans are not held to the same standard. The Obama government has still yet to hand over five CIA agents who were sentenced and found guilty in absentia by an Italian court of law for the abduction and torture of a suspected terrorist they spirited from an Italian street, and flown to Egypt where the torture took place. The man was also waterboarded. It appears the man may not have been guilty. Considering there is no evidence whatsoever in this case against Polanski, the same thing that happened to that suspected terrorist, may also happen to Polanski. While I don’t think waterboarding will be a possibility, the notion that a 76 year-old man who has conducted himself with grace and dignity before his flight and after, should be subjected to this behaviour, is plainly sick. When the Americans refuse to do the same with one of theirs, is it any wonder why Polanski refuses to voluntarily hand himself over to a system that has not, nor has it ever been willing to deal with this case fairly and without taint?

All this leaves me with something from the immortal David Bowie. It’s the video to his masterpiece I’M AFRAID OF AMERICANS.

In conclusion: For a country that likes to pride itself on its fairness and its supposed air of being the world’s watchdog and purveyor of justice, it sure doesn’t practice it. And the Roman Polanski case is rife with just the very things that American’s should be questioning…but aren’t. So in that, I’m afraid of Americans. I’m afraid I can’t help it. I’m afraid I can’t…..

HISTORY IS A LIE AGREED UPON …

I had started out this post as a letter to a friend of mine in discussion to something he passed onto me about the Polanski case regarding Anjelica Huston’s part in all of this, however, after I began writing I found this deserved to be a blog post. Why? Simple. It has some issues that have been further nagging me since Roman Polanski’s arrest and subsequent re-vilification of him since then by a many numbered member of the global lynch mob brigade who are beating themselves into orgasmic delight in wanting his blood spilled by any number of disgusting fashions. So I decided to make this a blog post. So here we go.

First of all, an explanation of the title of the post. History is a lie agreed upon is something David Milch of “Deadwood” fame coined in trying to put history into perspective. What it means is that the ones who ‘sings the songs’ as The Who put it, are the ones who get to tell their side of the truth, no matter if it is or not. They are the victors, the ones putting out the ‘facts’ as such so therefore they are controlling the medium and the amount of fact streamed to the hungry masses. It doesn’t matter if it resembles the truth, just a fraction of it so as to make it acceptable to anyone who might question the realness of the information. So in essence what is happening is there is the perception of fact, when in all actuality, there is little of it that even makes the airwaves or reams of newsprint committed to giving the hungry citizenry what they want, which is a sensationalistic version of what is in all actuality, a form of prevarication…or a lie agreed upon so that those involved. As long as there is some variance of the actual truth in there someplace, those who do put this stuff out are somehow able to live with themselves. Despite the fact that those who read this stuff are largely lazy of just wanting the three minute version of the events, rather than the actual truth. So in effect what is left over is the lie agreed upon. The press agrees to lie to the public and the public agree to accept their facts as given. History is full of such inaccuracies. So is the case of the State of California V Roman Polanski.

The Q&A below is from the Grand Jury testimony by Samantha Geimer, our presumed ‘victim’ at the head of this case against Roman Polanski. It should be read with an account that she is testifying under oath and subject to perjury. The below is from Prosecutor Roger Gunson and Ms. Geimer about what she did after her return home after the most traumatizing afternoon of her life:

Q. After you arrived home with Mr. Polanski on
March 10th and before you went to the doctor, did you have a
bowel movement?
A. Yes.
Q. Did you have a douche?
A. No.
Q. Did you have a bath?
A. No.
Q. Did you have a shower?
A. No.

According to Dr. Edward Larson who conducted the examination of Geiemr at Parkland, he noted to the Grand Jury that he found nothing consistent with any kind of vaginal or anal tearing, He also noted that she didn’t have anything resembling trauma. He also said he examined her with a sigmoidascopy, I can tell you those are not nice I’ve had two in my time, but they could in fact, do more damage to someone than anal intercourse can. Okay, getting off track here. Sorry. But from reading it, I plainly got the impression that this doctor found nothing to indicate any kind of anal penetration. And what gets me further is that Geimer claimed she put on her panties three times, after she got out of the jaccuzi, after the first anal ‘rape’ and then after the ‘second’. She then claims that the semen was coming out of her anus and was sort of smooshed into the panties. Flash forward to when she returned home, lied about the asthma attack and went into her bedroom. She claimed she got into her nightgown and then called her boyfriend, Steve. Steve came over and went into her bedroom. This causes all kinds of problems for me.

Here she is, the ‘victim’ of this horrendous ‘rape’ by this man she was ‘scared’ of, yet she has no qualms about letting Steve into her room with her. I can tell you from my experience, you don’t want to be alone with ANY man, let alone your boyfriend. I remember with mine, he never understood why I didn’t want him near me or to touch me. I’m still like that today. I’ll confess, I’m bi-sexual and have been with my partner (a woman) for close to 30 years now. I do know I’m still touch sensitive. If she touches me a certain way, I either jump, or have to pull back from her because it is what is called ‘touch memory’ of something that happened. For me, it was when my rapist came up to me and was holding me against his body before he began the rape. Even though I know my partner will not hurt me, it’s still the sensation that I’m being held or not allowed to leave of my own accord. Yet, here Geimer was allowing this guy into her room while she’s in her nightgown? Makes no sense. So my question has to be this one, She was still apparently wearing the underwear she was wearing from Nicholson’s house, so why sit in Polanski’s ‘filth’ while talking to the boyfriend? Did she like sitting in that? Was she getting some kind of a thrill out of it, or was there no sperm in the panties UNTIL Steve and she perhaps put it there? Then suddenly that’s when the police were called by the mother.

There is no independent evidence of what happened after she returned home and after Polanski left. We do not know what was said or ‘planned’ at that time. So if we do take into consideration that Polanski did ask her about being on birth control and not wanting her to become pregnant, why not lie and say that she was so she could get pregnant by him? There is according to what evidence we have here, absolutely no DNA linking Polanski to her in any way. At least Monica Lewinsky held onto that blue dress and didn’t launder it or send it out to be dry cleaned! One would think that if Susan had been THAT intelligent, they’d have kept something that would have had Polanski’s DNA matter on it.

Still further, Gunson in the Grand Jury testimony questioned both Vannatter and the chemist who testified that there was something that appeared to be sperm. In fact, he was 90% certain it was. However, what kind of testing was done? Namely, what kind of typing and sub-typing was done? At that point, there was no RFLP or even RNA sequencing that would have determined definite ownership of that DNA matter. Back when Sharon was murdered, the blood guy who took samples in the immediate vicinity of each of the victims, plus various spaltters on the baseboards leading to Sharon and Roman’s bedroom, plus at the front inside entry, the porch and on the walkway leading outside the front door. In all cases, he found that the typing and sub-typing belonged to the victim in the nearest proximty to the blood stains or major collection. The only place he had difficulty was directly on the front porch where the largest bit belonged to victim Voytek Frykowski, but there was a mixture of Frykowski’s, plus Jay Sebring and Sharon Tate. In the forensics taken by Joe Granado, he found there to be three types of blood taken on the porch and tested it as belonging to Voytek Frykowski, Sharon Tate and Jay Sebring. So I posit this: If blood typing and sub-typing was being done even back in 1969 when forensics was still in its relative infancy, who difficult woult it be to type and sub-type semen? How difficult would it have been to take a court compelled blood sample from Roman Polanski, then compare it in terms of type and sub-type to the semen found on the panties? But then both Roger Gunson and Philip Vannatter would have had to contend with that nasty little thing called >CHAIN OF CUSTODY. It was known that the panties were not collected until two days after the event. Technically, they should have been collected at the time of the rape kit exam at Parland Hospital. According to Samantha Gemier’s own testimony, she’d been wearing a blue dress at the time she left Nicholson’s house, saying goodbye to the woman who was there on her way out. So if she ‘Lewinskied’, there should ahve been evidence of sperm on her dress since she claimed she dressed ASAP to ‘get out of there’. She was wearing no other garments such as a bra, or stockings, so there would have been transference from her skin and seepage through the underwear onto the dress. Transference is the likely reason there was a mixture of blood on the flagstone porch at 10050 Cielo Drive on the night of the Tate murders. Yet according to the forensics that came back after scientific tests, her anus, vagina, vaginal lips, dress and other places where one would have expected to find semen or seminal fluids, all came back as negative…yet no tests were done on the panties? Makes no sense.

I mentioned that Geimer admitted to having taken no shower, no bath, no enema, no douche, this according to her testimony to Roger Gunson during the Grand Jury session. One thing I should explain about what is done during a Grand Jury session. The perponderance of the evidence the prosecutor has to prove is next to nothing. It is essentially, a star chamber proceeding. The prosecutor is basically, the lone inquisitor. He alone asks the questions put to the various witnesses who are called in a certain order so as to piece together his/her case to gain an indictment against the perpetrator who has the presumption of innocence until a jury of twelve render their verdict, or in some cases, a judge rules. It is the defendant who decides between a jury trial, judge trial or to accept a plea bargain if it is beneficial to their case. So in essence, during the Grand Jury procedings, there is no one else in the room except for the prosecutor, the particular witness and 21-23 members of a ‘professional’ panel who issues the indictment based on the lowest mix of the evidence and testimony provided. In this case, Gunson called very few poeple into the Grand Jury room. According to the list on the official transcript, it included Samantha Jane Gailey, Philip Vannatter, and six others that included the medical doctor who examined Geimer. There is no cross-examination allowed by the defense who could call into question whatever collected evidence or bias the particular wintess had in the case. In this case, Douglas Dalton could have hammered away at the testimony given by Geimer and noted the inconsistencies in her statements as to the donning and undonning of her underwear or any other given set of clothing she took with her that day…as selected by Roman Polanski, according to her. Susan Gailey’s parental skills could have been called into question. Philip Vannatter’s evidence collection skills could have been questioned, god knows we know he’s prone to carrying around vials of blood laced with EDTA and running shoes kept in the trunk of his car for at least twenty-four hours after removal from a supposed crime scene. So this goes back to evidence. Is it circumstantial evidence? Not even close. This is technically, no evidence at all since there is no concrete proof Roman Polanski ‘raped’ this poor helpless little ‘kid’. So where do we go from here?

I think the easiest way to go would be for someone independent of the case to explore its intracasies. Certainly there are so many agendas here the real truth is getting lost within the pages of minutae and scripted sound bites logged in their many forms accross the spectrum. The mainstream press is controlled by the corporations who cannot in any way be seen as supporting a much vilified man when it comes to reporting the truth. That’s the reason to a certain degree, I wish Roman Polanski would allow himself to be returned to the United States, withdraw his original plea, or scripted plea, and force a trial. Then and only then would the real truth be exposed. All the remaining witnesses would be compelled to testify, including Samantha Geimer whose Grand Jury testimony could clearly be impeached by the evidence of fact. Steve Cooley would then be forced to wipe that egg off his face with that one simple actuality, her statements that fly in the face of what the truth is. Cooley’s balls would be in a sling if the truth actually came out, and all skeletons aired. I understand completely Roman Polanski’s reasons for not wanting to set foot on American soil. He has responsibilities now. It’s not as simple as it might have been say in the 80s when he was still a single man. He must take his son, daughter and wife’s feelings into consideration. Sitting in his chalet in Switerland certainly is a better position for him to be in. Would there truly be someone who could and would examine this case with a clare and unbiased eye? I would hope there would be, but there’s no Innocence Project knocking on Polanski’s door. No one other than Douglas Dalton, his son and Chad Hummel are willing to take on the truth and expose it. I’m still feeling even his California lawyers are lagging a bit. They’ve gone after Welles and others in hopes of swaying opinion. What they should be doing is going straight to the heart of the case, which is the evidence and Geimer’s Grand Jury testimony. They should be highlighting the fact there is no evidence at all in terms of forensics and or medical evidence. And that is disturbing. Why not attack Geimer and her initial testimony. Go after her words and expose that what happened and what is are two totally different things. Go deeper than the Zenovich documentary did and actually show that Geimer’s statements don’t jibe with the evidence that is in the record, definitely not the part of it thesmokinggun.com ever dared to release. They put the two relevant portions of the transcript up on their website, but not the ones that actually contain the truth of it all. Namely, the portions containing the medical evidence and the portions containing the testimony delivered by Dr. Larson himself.

I think what I don’t get about all this is why did Samantha Geimer allow herself to be used in such a disgusting way? Why would she allow herself to undergo an intensely personal examination when it was clear her body bore none of the allegations she contended in her ‘harrowing’ account of fending off a crazed pervert. I know for me after my rape, recounted in a previous post, I certainly couldn’t have gone through that. The violation was too deep, too personal. What did she and her mother hope to gain? And what kind of a mother would have allowed their daughter to go through such an ordeal? I have only one conclusion about Susan Gailey. Today she would likely be diagnosed with Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, a pathology accepted by the DSM (The Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) as containing these characteristics:

  • a condition that involves the exaggeration or fabrication of illnesses or symptoms by a primary caretaker
  • the individual is usually the mother, who deliberately makes another person (most often their own child) sick
  • the parent misleads others into thinking that the child has medical problems by lying and reporting fictitious episodes
  • they will exaggerate or even fabricate symptoms
  • there is an element of satisfaction at knowing they’ve deceived professionals into performing often times needless examinations or surgeries in order to feel more important and powerful

Does this pertain to Susan Gailey? Perhaps. Did she concoct this ‘evidence’ in order to gain some kind of noteriety and when the proof didn’t match the story she and Samantha weaved, did she suddenly decide to backtrack and ask for the plea bargain? Did she realize that Polanski was facing a series of charges that could have brought him up to the 50 years Rittenband had threatened Polanski with? Is that the reason two court appointed psychiatrists stated that there had been an air of permissiveness within the home? Did they know something about the mother and Geimer we didn’t? It is telling neither classed Polanski as any kind of pervert or sexual offender. Neither did they deem him as likely to reoffend. And that has come to pass. Over the past 31 years since he fled injustice in the United States, not one other ‘victim’ has come forward to state Roman Polanski ever did anything to them. One might have thought with the amount of publicity his 2009 Swiss arrest generated, there might have been a flurry of women coming forward to state he’d molested or raped them. But there haven’t been. According to Geimer, no other person but she has ever accused him of doing anything. So why doesn’t Geimer actually do something to end this once and for all by giving an interview on Oprah or some other noteable news show and tell the truth. Tell the truth of what it actually was, not an act of perversion done to her, but rather an act of perversion done to him in order to gain some kind of fame through him. It wouldn’t have been the first time a publicity hungry mother has put their child ahead of the child’s best interests. But then Geimer is old enough now to state for herself why this was done if she truly wants it over and done with. She’s proven that she’s articulate, somewhat intelligent. People have listened to her, sought her out for her story. People magazine featured her in their December 15, 1997 issue where she stated this:

Even now, so-called experts are using my situation on TV talk shows to push their own points, which have nothing to do with how I feel. Twenty years ago everything said about me was horrible. But these days it’s not fashionable to bad-mouth the victim. Now I’m all ready to stand up and defend myself and everyone is saying “oh, you poor thing.” But I’m not a poor thing. And I can’t oblige everyone by becoming freaked out and upset just to make things sound more interesting.

If this is how she truly felt then, why not make a clean break and say what really happened. Even her statements in the Marina Zenovich documentary “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired” don’t ring true. Here was her chance to finally air the unfettered truth, the one that dare not speak its name, yet she is still hanging on her initial claims of victimhood. If she feels that it isn’t fashionable to ‘bad mouth the victim’, fine. Come out with the truth, no one will certainly bad mouth her. In fact, people would likely pat her on the back one more time for being gutsy enough to tell the truth. So why with the lack of evidence against Roman Polanski doesn’t she just drop the pretenses and hyperbole and just tell the truth? Or is her version of it more titillating to tell. She also said this to People:

WHEN I FIRST MET ROMAN Polanski I was living with my mother and sister in the San Fernando Valley. It wasn’t Ozzie and Harriet, but we had a nice family life. My mother was a working actress, and I wanted to be like her. I wanted to be famous—a movie star. But I was really just on the edge of ceasing to be a tomboy and trying to act more like a young lady. I had a 17-year-old boyfriend who drove a Camaro, but my room was knee-deep in clothes; I had a Spider-Man poster on the wall and I kept pet rats.

That she said she wanted to be just like her mother, an actress, and she wanted to be famous, is she afraid the light will shine less brightly on her if the truth is told? To me, it has to do with the infamy she’s gained through attaching herself on the coattails of Roman Polanski. So why not come out with the truth and let the dust fall, fade away into that infamy just like Moncia Lewinsky or Paula Jones or Patricia Bowman? This is nothing more than another Duke Lacrosse allegation unproven by the facts that nothing happened. No proof of any attack, rape or act of savagery. Only and act of a woman wanting to get famous from her daughter’s rendezvous with the director of “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Chinatown”. Given what she said in her Grand Jury testimony that didn’t jibe with the evidence in this case, why did the Grand Jury take so little time in assessing the facts and issue the six count indictment against Polanski? Why did they not see there was no evidence at all here. Nothing but a few allegations unproven? Or was that the lie that was agreed upon?

Polanski: “No Hard Feelings” …. Pt 2

According to the Sexual Assault Glossary of Terms, it defines statutory rape as “sexual intercourse between an adult and a minor. The adult can be found guilty of statutory rape in courts of law even if the minor was a willing partner.”

According to the laws of California, Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a Minor is defined as:

  • an adult can be guilty of unlawful sexual intercourse if he or she has sex with a minor.
  • a minor can be guilty of unlawful sexual intercourse if he or she has sex with another minor.

What are the penalties for Unlawful Sexual Intercourse?

1) If a person is no more than three years older than the minor with whom they have sex, that person is guilty of a misdemeanour and can be imprisoned in the county jail for up to one year or fined up to $1,000.00.
2) If a person is more than three years older than the minor with whom they have sex, that person is guilty of a misdemeanour or a felony. If convicted of a felony, that person can be imprisoned in state prison for up to four years.

Now despite what anyone may think would be the fitting punishment for director Roman Polanski, even if he’s returned to the States on the 32 year-old charges of unlawful sex with a minor, laws state that he won’t get what people want him to get. Namely. tossed in prison with the key thrown in the Pacific. It won’t happen. Even the issue of the flight to France would be off the table if the case is completely thrown out. But according to the California Penal Code contained in subsection (b) of section 4530, Polanski could receive up to 16 months to two or three years in prison to be served consecutively. Though if the case is throwing up completely after the appeals process is done, it too will be vacated because it is connected to the initial crime. Ergo, no crime…no need to flee.

It is still amazing to me the amount of people who refuse to STILL look at the facts of this case. Those are that the term ‘unlawful sexual intercourse’ is tantamount to consensual sex, no matter which way anyone wants to cut it. The fact that Geimer was thirteen at the time, is the only matter in which anything illegal happened. So far as this blogger can tell, there is no evidence against Polanski other than the panties containing what appeared to be semen.

According to Geimer’s (nee Gailey) initial testimony, which all posters on message boards love to point to on thesmokinggun.com website, she testified Polanski had ‘entered’ her through the back or ‘butt’ as she called it. She also stated that he’d performed ‘Cuddliness’ on her. Cunnilingus for the uninitiated. However, acccording to the medical and scientific evidence, all slides came back negative. For anyone having seen any one episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, this means no force and no noticeable intercourse took place. Tissues around the anus are so sensitive that any kind of insertion of anything larger than a pencil, would cause damage, yet Geimer had no visible tearing or bruising either anally or vaginally. There was no hint of saliva, which would also have been present in the panties, except, no blood typing or sub-typing took place. This leaves one conclusion of the medical and scientific evidence fails, either no sex occurred, or some kind of consensual sex occurred. Meaning that whatever sex happened, was not rape or force, rather a simple act of saying ‘yes’.

Most would consider that Geimer saying she said ‘no’ repeatedly would be enough to say it was rape, but with her shifting feelings on Polanski and his work, it says something else to the intelligent observer. As a rape victim myself, I can tell you no true victim of rape ever wishes the charges to be dropped against their perpetrator. NONE! They can forgive, certainly. That is the inherent nature within us all. But the fact is the hurt has been done. One who has truly been violated does not seek some kind of closure through asking for a dismissal of the charges. I know in my case, there was no trial and no reporting to the authorities, but if I had, I can tell you with certainty I’d want him to rot for what he did to me. No doubt. What I don’t know about Geimer is how she can cooperate with the Zenovich documentary without saying something about no matter what illegalities Rittenband committed, Polanski still has to do the time for what he did to me. But there’s none of that. Only saying the charges should be dropped. In her affidavit filed in January when Polanski’s lawyers asked for a dismissal of the charges, she states, “If Polanski cannot stand before this court to make this request, I, as the victim do. I have urged that this matter come to a formal end. I have urged the district attorney and the court dismiss these charges.” This goes counter to any true victim’s right to seek justice for what was horribly done to them. That she does not want ‘justice’ for herself, means there is only one reasonable conclusion: The sex was consensual.

Now before anyone comes down on me stating that a 13 year-old cannot consent, I submit they can…and do. The time when this incident occurred was not like today’s insistence on ‘protecting the child’. In fact, it was all about the child seeking independence for themselves as well as their baby boomer parents seeking to relieve themselves of parental responsibilities. Films like “The Ice Storm” starring Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline are indicative of what the 70s was like. Key parties, wife swapping, orgies, drinking and drugs were all the rage. This was the upswing to Disco and where Studio 54 flourished in a Dionysian dream of permissiveness and sexual liberation. This was before AIDS and the so-called ‘punishment’ for having sex began. There were no apologies given, it was just done. The moral shift began in the Regan era where ‘just say no’ was tantamount to your mother shaking her finger at you for being naughty. Evangelical ministers like Jerry Falwell and Jim Baker were preaching on the ills of the 70s, when in all actuality they were having affairs and doing the deed despite their ranting. Whatever the 70s were, I’m pretty pissed at all those wanting to conscript my era for their own, when they never lived through it. They certainly do not know of the permissive element of that time.
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Portions were removed due to constant misuse of the material contained within my story of my rape…they will not be returning so don’t ask. This is the reason due to Lazy’s chronic idocy.


Looking at this testimony by Promy herself, she admits to having a tenacious sexual appetite and was not only knowledgeable of “how things work” but followed through with said comprehension. Definitely not the angel her father so believed.

Here we see that her parents themselves are more or less degenerates that shouldn’t have had kids to begin with. Where were they during the incident? Getting drunk

Here, based on her testimony, she was anxious AND enthusiastic about her sexual feelings, even going as far as to lure men to her. PURPOSELY luring OLDER men to her.

Here, we can see that she did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to stop him. She didn’t protest. She didn’t fight back. She didn’t even scream.

This was the only thing on her mind after the “incident”. Like she had no problem what-so-ever about what had just happened. And why not? Didn’t she dress provocatively on purpose to “test the waters”? Apparently she got exactly what she intended on getting. Laid.

Based on this part of her testimony, it proves that she didn’t want him to get in trouble. She was actually PROTECTING the man that supposedly “raped” her.

So here’s what we got so far:

1. She dressed provocatively to attract the older men at her parent’s party.

2. She did nothing to prevent the incident.

3. She did nothing to alert the others at the party.

4. She didn’t protest ANY of the actions during the “incident”

5. She made absolutely sure her parents and everyone else didn’t know what was going on.

She even testifies that she preferred the older man to her boyfriend; which she so quickly cheated on.

She also CONTINUED to wear provocative clothing, perhaps to lure yet another fly into her web of deceit.

Again, she proves that she was diligently trying to protect her “rapist”, her confederate…her LOVER.

So in conclusion, this “rape” wasn’t a rape at all but an incident that was CREATED by a horny teenager looking to generate some attention for herself. And when the sex wasn’t enough, she turned it into a soap opera of destruction that nearly tore her whole family apart and almost besmirched a man who was nothing more than a puppet in her game of deception.

And yet again, this man, this victim of a seductive, fornicating teenager apologized. Showing nothing but compassion for her, even after all the trouble she caused for not only his family but also hers.

Judge for yourself Lazy’s stupidity. That he didn’t get that it was RAPE and not some ‘seductive, fornicating teenager’. It’s obvious he doesn’t get complex thought or else he’d have gotten the point by now that Geimer is no victim and he’s barking up the wrong tree. But that’s our Lazy.

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According to Geimer, the event can “All go away…” Her words. She also claims she’s ‘so over it’. She has also gone almost over backwards to make sure the courts don’t punish him further for that night, even so far as to sign an affidavit with the court in January 2009 to ask that all charges against Polanski be dropped and it all be done to ‘save her any further personal harm’. What harm, I ask?

A victim of rape simply doesn’t forgive and forget and move on. It is a permanent imprint on your soul. So deep is it, it does affect everything you do for the rest of your life. Certainly, it isn’t a memory 24/7, but it does colourize who you become and the motions you make as you go through life. I know it has me. Samantha Geimer went so far as to publically forgive Polanski in 1997. In 2003, she wrote an op-ed piece for the LA Times in which she said:

“But I believe that Mr. Polanski and his film should be honoured according to the quality of the work. What he does for a living and how good he is at it have nothing to do with me or what he did to me. I don’t think it would be fair to take past events into consideration. I think that the academy members should vote for the movies they feel deserve it. Not for people they feel are popular.”

My rapist was an interior designer. For me to write an almost glowing letter of praise for his work or what he did, would be against my very nature. He hurt me. He taunted me. He raped me. No way could I ever think of writing an article for a local magazine praising his work or what he did. I certainly wouldn’t ask his peers to celebrate him with an award. It’s obcene in a way. I know what was done to me that night and forgiveness and praise is not what I would give to my rapist if I could. And some say that for Geimer to forgive Polanski means she’s a strong person, an honest person. What kind of person truly if their claims of rape are true, wants total exoneration for the brutality of what was supposedly done to her that afternoon? I know I don’t think of Christmas the way I did. I likely would change if I had children, but until that happens if ever, my feelings won’t change. And that Geimer has three children, sons, who she’s told about what happened that afternoon. How do you look at them knowing you’re telling them one thing, then doing something else to be ‘so over it’? I don’t know. I guess I’m not that forgiving.

The other reason I wrote all this is because looking back at the Zenovich documentary, the one thing it never did was explain about the medical or scientific tests done on Geimer at the time. Geimer had been taken to Parkland Hospital to be examined in light of her ‘traumatic’ rape. As is with all rape victims, swabs were taken of her anal and vaginal areas for proof of sperm or other fluids. Anyone who watches “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” on any given week, knows this is important for any evidence in any rape whether the victim survived or not. According to the book “Polanski: The Filmmaker as Voyeur” by Barbara Leaming, the tests done on Geimer came back negative. No tearing or ripping of the anal cavity or of the peritoneum was found. No blood nor semen were found and the slides were all negative. No evidence of saliva was found. According to Geimer’s account in her Grand Jury testimony, Polanski entered her from behind, or as she said, entered her ‘butt’. She then stated that he performed ‘Cuddliness’ on her. Yet no trace of saliva as found.
All there is against Polanski is a pair of panties with what looked to be sperm, but another thing the Zenovich documentary doesn’t answer is if that sperm was tested. Blood typing and sub-typing was available back then. So a source could be found and linked to Polanski in some way as to have actual proof a rape occurred, but there is none. Today it would be easy to take a sample from those panties and get an actual DNA signature from them to identify Polanski once and for all. And if that DNA doesn’t belong to Polanski, what then?

It was known at the time that Geimer had had relations with other males. Their ages is somewhat debateable, but there was prior sexual history with other males. So where are the convictions for them? Where is the prosecution of Geimer’s mother Suzanne for neglect or allowing Geimer to run around having sex with other males? Where is the indignation from Geimer herself, for her mother’s ill attention? I know I have issues with my mom and my relationship with her is strained, yet there was Suzanne Gailey happily smiling and attending the premiere of “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired” on the red carpet in New York, rubbing shoulders with Dustin Hoffman, and others they’d both hoped to rub shoulders with back in the day.

The final question I have is this: If Geimer doesn’t truly feel she was harmed by Polanski, then why even bother continuing with this persecution? As a rape victim, I am incensed by the amount of shit that is being hurled at Polanski after his arrest. Like I stated in part one of this commentary, where have all these Johnny-Come-Latelies come from? What real stake do they have in the continued Polanski bashing? And after he’s cleared or pardoned, how does this maligned man get back a semblance of honour or respect?

As a victim of rape myself, one would think I’d hate Polanski. But I don’t. Why? I don’t think it was rape. I know rape. I know it was consensual. How? Read part three….

ROMAN POLANSKI: AMERICA’S MOST WANTED & DESPISED PT1

romanpThere’s a scene from a Stephen Sommers film called Van Helsing where a crowd of pitchfork weilding, torch carring villagers are stampeding toward a windmill where a deformed, and mangled creature is carrying his deceased maker. The creature climbs the stairs to the top of the windmill where in the distance, the throng comes ever nearer. As the crowd bears down on the windmill, we can hear screams and shouts of menace as they advance closer. The creature begs to be left alone to be with his master. But instead of empathy or pity, the blood-thirsty crown set fire to the fragile wooden structure sealing the creature’s fate along with that of hs maker. And as the creature wails his plaintive cry, “Why?” He falls to an unknown fate as the conflagration engulfs the two of them.

What does the previous paragraph have to do with anything?

Plenty.

The recent arrest of film director Roman Polanski in Switzerland has led to a similar mob-like behaviour of a group of very vocal, but uninformed pseudo-indignant protesters who believe the director of such films as Rosemary’s Baby, The Ninth Gate, and the award winning The Panist should be tarred, feathered, and any other number of horrible things for the 1977 rape of a 13-year-old in which Polanski, then 44. pled guilty to one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. What remains mind-boggling is that none of these people have dared acquaint themselves with the facts of the case. This leaves this blogger with a serious case of whiplash. The ‘girl’ in this case is Samantha Geimer (nee Gailey) who is now married for a second time with three boys and living in Hawaii.

There are two schools of thought in all of this: one believes Polanski ‘got away with it’ when he fled final sentencing in 1978; the other are those who’ve either been with this case (as has the author if this post) and others who have had their minds changed after the airing of an HBO documentary on the case. Roman Polanski: Wanted & Desired was directed by Marina Zenovich. Zenovich became interested in the case after seeing Geimer on The Larry King show on CNN in 2003 when there was discussion over whether Polanski would be nominated for an Oscar for his work in The Pianist. Zenovich watched and saw Geimer and her lawyer, Lawrence Silver, state that the day Roman Polanski fled, was a sad day in the Americal Judicial System. She was perplexed by that statement, and set out to investigate the truth of the case.

Securing interviews with the main participants in the case, Zenovich began to uncover a gross litany of judicial misconduct committed by the judge assigned to the case, who also renegged on the plea deal accepted by Polanski. However, no one wants to acquaint themselves with the actual facts of the case. Instead, they want to say that Polanski got away with it, undoing a ‘child’ so totally, he is somehow to be put in the same league as a Dahmer, Gacey, or even a Manson. Defenders of the ‘official story’ argue that Geimer was somehow this Little Red Riding Hood led down the garden path by the wolf, Polanski. The reportage of Polanski’s arrest has made this story grow and facilitate those willing to accept the lies, repeat over and over again with an almost sycophantic monotone of another of Sommer’s films. The Zombie scene in The Mummy where Imhotep has an entire city of Cairo under his spell chanting, “Im-ho-tep” in an almost comic fashion. It’s the press I blame for not availing themselves of the facts of the case to air to their public. All they do is concentrate on the ‘rape’ and age of the ‘victim’ to stir the moral outrage. These agencies have an obligation to supply as much background material on their stories to give a fuller, rounder version of the story. Not stick to ‘talking points’ as a means to deliver their news. And again, there is the notion that Polanski ‘brought this on himself’.

And this isn’t the first time this has happened to Polanski.

What’s ironic here is that Polanski had enjoyed a love affair going with the media. A darling due his quick rise during the 1960s for his films Knife in the Water, Cul-de-sac, The Fearless Vampire Killers and Rosemary’s Baby, Polanski and his wife moved in a world where praise was heaped and fed in hefty sums. There was nothing Polanski didn’t do that drew the affection of the press who sought to take photographs of him and hsi beautiful wife, Sharon Tate, arriving at airports, at film festivals, and at premieres. He was ‘their’ new prize. That was until the day of August 9, 1969 when Polanski’s home at 10050 Cielo Drive became the place of a multiple murder including Sharon, pregnant and due to give birth that month with Polanski’s baby, Jay Sebring, internationally known hairstylist to the stars, Voytek Frykowski, a friend of Polanski’s, Abigail Folger, heiress to the Folger Coffee fortune, and Steven Parent, an 18 year-old college student visiting the caretaker. What began after that, was a system of ‘blaming the victims’ for their lifestyle. Something Polanski excoriated the press for at a news conference shortly after his return to the States from London where he ws prepping a film. From that time on, he called the press up on the carpet for their printing of erroneous and salacious stories involving Sharon and their guests in the months prior to the murders. After the murderers were caught in late October, members of the so-called Manson Family, Roman left the United States sooner than face more lurid details involving his beloved wife and their friends. He’d had it with the press.

For the next seven years, Polanski made four more films, Chinatown, MacBeth, The Tenant and What?. The first enjoying a return for Polanski to the kind of attention his earlier pre-Tate murder had enjoyed. When in 1977 word came over the wires that Polanski had been arrested for rape, the media throng descended. What became of that, is historic…

…end of part one