The Halloween tragedy of Lisa French

By Sandy . . . I read the story of Lisa French shortly before Halloween again this year. Someone posts the story of Lisa French shortly before Halloween every year. It is a sad and tragic story. A beautiful little nine-year-old girl named Lisa French, trick-or-treating in her neighborhood in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, was restrained, raped, murdered, and dumped…

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Wrapping up Halloween for another year — and looking forward

By Sandy . . . This has been an amazing Halloween season. Overall, I sent emails to 73 Patch writers and editors in 25 states. I sent emails to 27 other media outlets and/or journalists. We sent out two press releases, here and here. I engaged in conversation on several Facebook pages, most notably in regard to this piece about a little town…

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“A gimmick to make people feel safe,” says NARSOL’s vice-chair

Reprinted with permission By Travis Loller, AP . . . Sex offenders under community supervision in Tennessee are required to be in their homes with the porch lights off on Halloween as part of a 10-day curfew surrounding the holiday. They also cannot decorate or give out candy. And offenders are not allowed to take children trick or treating or to…

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Cop-watch hotline part of NARSOL Halloween Marathon

Reports have come in from several different states that the required Halloween “round-up” of paroled and probationary registrants has an even more sinister twist. In addition to these exercises diverting attention and resources away from where children are at actual risk of harm — both for sexual abuse and for injury or death on Halloween — some jurisdictions are requiring…

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NARSOL to monitor Halloween hysteria

There are some indications that the facts about Halloween and registered sex offenders are being heard by some. The amount of fear-mongering, Halloween-hysteria media pieces is marginally less, but far too much still exists. Some of the situations are egregious, with registrants in one area being required to take off work if need be in order to be locked up…

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Sex offender Halloween lock up? Ridiculous, wasted effort says NARSOL

By Antonia Noori Farzan . . . Contrary to the widespread urban myth, there’s no evidence that children are more likely to be targeted by sexual predators on Halloween than any on other night of the year. But that hasn’t stopped one Georgia mayor from announcing plans to round up all paroled sex offenders in town and hold them at city…

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“No increased risk to children on Halloween” says NARSOL

By C.J. Ciaramella . . . A small-town Georgia mayor plans on confining the town’s sex offenders to city hall for Halloween night, despite evidence that there’s no spike in sex crimes against children on the holiday. “In order to ensure the safety of our children, all sex offenders in the City of Grovetown area will be housed in the Council Chambers…

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Skenazy, NARSOL tell Patch, “Quit printing those maps!”

By Lenore Skenazy . . . Every year around Halloween time, Patch, the news website specializing in local coverage around the country, publishes maps that show where sex offenders live. Patch claims this is some kind of public service, even though a thorough study of 67,000 cases of child molestation found zero increase in sex crimes against children on Halloween. The vast majority of crimes against…

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