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Sugar Babies

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The news that Google executive Forrest Hayes died on a yacht after being injected with heroin by a "date" he met on a website that connects "sugar daddies" with "sugar babies" has prompted not only charges against the woman, 26-year-old Alix Tichelman, and an investigation of a similar death (ruled accidental) involving Ms. Tichelman in 2013, but also questions about the website that brought the dead husband and father into contact with the woman who literally killed him.

While police have described the woman as a high-priced escort with an ongoing "prostitution relationship" with the executive, the website "Seeking Arrangements," denies that its site in any way condones prostitution. According to the site's spokesperson, "What we do know is that these were two adults that were involved in a consensual relationship that was ongoing. This appears to be a case of recreational drug use gone wrong."

Actually, it appears to be quite a bit worse than that. It wasn't just that Tichelman allegedly injected Hayes with a lethal dose of heroin. The security cameras show her injecting the heroin, and then watching as Hayes' body went limp. Instead of calling 911, as anyone with an ounce of humanity would do, Ms. Tichelman allegedly finished her wine, packed up her needles and heroin, and then stepped over his body to leave, pausing only to reach back and pull down the blinds so no one would see the dying man inside.

This is, of course, according to the police. Ms. Tichelman is innocent until proven guilty. But if the report of what was captured on camera is correct, she deserves to be charged not with manslaughter (the current charge against her, along with drug and prostitution charges) but murder. She may not have intended that Hayes die when she injected him, but her actions once she did so establish malice; to leave someone to die, much less pull down the shades, when they are potentially facing death is an omission that is as serious as an intentional act of killing.

And the fact that another man — this one in Georgia, last year — died under similar circumstances while Ms. Tichelman was showering not only raises questions for Georgia police, but also is relevant to Tichelman's knowledge and intent on the night she injected Hayes.

In short, Ms. Tichelman has big problems, as well she should. The degrees of murder reflect the fact that not all killings are alike: The killer for hire, the killer who plans his act, are punished more seriously because they are, quite simply, more evil than one who kills in the heat of passion. On the "scumbag scorecard," a woman who would finish her wine and pull down the shades after killing the man with whom she was supposedly "involved in a consensual relationship" deserves to be in that same category.

And the website? They claim that matching a "sugar daddy" with a "sugar baby" for a "no-strings" ideal relationship for the daddy and financial stability, shopping sprees and exotic travel for the baby has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with prostitution. Meet "background-checked" babies, the men are promised. I wonder if Ms. Tichelman's background check picked up the man who died while she was in the shower? I doubt it.

Prostitution by another name is still prostitution. A website which facilitates prostitution is complicit in that crime, at least. There are so many sites like that on the web (to quote the song, "The Internet Is for Porn,") that it would be impossible to shut them down, even if anyone had the will to try. But when prostitution leads directly to death, there is a case to be made that all those complicit share in the responsibility for the death, if not under the criminal law, at least under the civil law, and certainly as a matter of morality.

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Who Cares??
Good attempt at avoiding discussion on border problem caused by this administration.
Comment: #1
Posted by: Oldtimer
Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:03 AM
Does this make Obama criminally liable for any of the murders likely to be committed by the narco-terrorist crossing the boarder he has responsibility to protect, but which he refuses to protect? Or is he only civilly liable?
Comment: #2
Posted by: Tidford Tatt
Fri Jul 11, 2014 6:50 AM
Ma'am;... Never talk about morality when there is a chance to slam the president for OUR problem...
Your article proves the point that when you put a rich person in a roon with one of the servile sorts who make their lives worth living there is never enough morality to keep them both alive...
Heroin is good... It is like sugar... You can never have too much heroin until you have too much... Sex is good... Entertainment sex is best... Empty, meaningless sex, sex bought and paid for, and as abstracted from love as a quarter in a parking meter, a economic exchange and no sharing of intimacy is great, but not as good as heroin... Everyone who has ever tried heroin knows it is better than sex, better than love, and better than life, and if they still have a brain cell they know they are a junkie, and it is time to clean up or go to hell...
I cleaned up, but it is hard to imagine the hypocracy of an obituary that calls a man a good husband and father when everyone knows how he died, numb and unresponsive...
We are all trying to put the jigsaw puzzle of our lives together in our minds, and most of us have to do so without any sense of the final picture we will present, but to reconcile dead junkie executive with good husband and father with the pieces left on this guy's table takes more energy and attention than I have to spare...But he was an executive... He had cover.. He had others who could lie for him, and help him tie up all the loose ends of his life, could preserve his image... This man has left a conflicted image, but what else might he have left his wife and family??? And don't get me wrong...
I see no conflict in making money on human labor and spending it on sexual favors... It all involves a debasement of humanity and virtue...And it is sad to say; but that very often when the frustration of life leave you wanting to just fck somebody, the somebody fckd is you... Do you think this man ever consciously acknowledged how far happiness had escaped him by??? People think they need money... Poor people think they need sex, but many rich people think they need money so they can have the sex, the girls who look like the work of masters by their sides, and the sex, the sex, the sex... The sex without commitment, without any horse trading, without any promises, without any love, and with the most violent word in our language: ALL fck...
Contrast that aim and that work as hateful and violent- against our most beautiful word: HOME... To see people swear to their loyalty to this land in the act of becoming full citizens just to have a home without hate or dischord, pain or hunger is a marvel... Where was this man's home... Where was his heart??? Where was his love...
In the secret quiet of our dreams where we can visit all that we have lost do we go at once to the needle and the drugs; do we run to our mommies or vist our lost youth or gone millions... We condemn those without lives we would live for surrendering to drugs, and what will we now say of some one who had a life we must surely have traded for ours giving it all away for drugs and meaningless sex??? There is never enough sugar... Those who have never seen enough smiling dead never see that life is all, and all that can be said... That man lived once, not well, but successfully; and now he is dead... Turn your attention to the living who love you and make the sight of them your joy...
Where is the love...You find it in dime bags in heaven where the heroin is free... Yet, now that man served must do service... He make a fine bad example..
Comment: #3
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:08 AM
Re: Tidford Tatt...Obama killed the google exec.. He put on a dress, and said what the heck...
Comment: #4
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:10 AM
"Prostitution by another name is still prostitution."

Men are the victims of prostitution. Women love taking advantage of this genetic male weakness.

The Women's War on Men is tolerated in our society.



Comment: #5
Posted by: SusansMirror
Fri Jul 11, 2014 8:02 AM
Susan,
Did you forget to clear your topic with the usual critics? It's supposed to be something that can be twisted to Obama sucks, all the time. Therefore this column is way off topic, assuming Obama has a good alibi for that night. (James, you may be on to something. Call Derrall Issa!)
Comment: #6
Posted by: Mark
Fri Jul 11, 2014 9:40 AM
Who gives a flying or sailing f*ck about some immoral now dead liberal Google executive and enabler and abettor of the obama tyranny now being foist upon us and what a whore he solicited did to him ? I sure as hell do not. The more the merrier I say.
Comment: #7
Posted by: joseph wright
Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:28 AM
Re: joseph wright;... I thought every soul that goes to hell is a curse laid upon humanity... Why does the right so often celebrate what human beings mourn???
Thanks...Sweeney
Comment: #8
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Sat Jul 12, 2014 4:29 PM
Re: James A, Sweeney

So liberals go to hell, hardly surprising. If ever there was a religion that was Satan spawned it is liberalism. That said you may be right. But then sometimes the world is better rid of some people. For what its worth I am a flawed human being and I don't give a flying or sailing f*ck about his immortal soul. May he rot in hell.
Comment: #9
Posted by: joseph wright
Sat Jul 12, 2014 6:28 PM
Re: joseph wright;... I think it was Calvin who first linked liberty with sin, and turned the lover of liberty, the libertine, to libertine carnis...
He was wrong... Where would anyone be today without lovers of liberty... But licence isn't liberty, and no one gets to be successful in business without writing a licence for themselves no one would give them... Google sells a service, and people buy it... Does it matter that the people who make that sale possible are pushed more toward their limit by the profit motive??? Even this exec may have been no more than the minions beneath him, feeling pushed and pressed and pulled for profit...In any respect; it is not the lovers of liberty who were behind his actions, or hers... Your world famous capitalism would be worse than a nightmare, but only a dream without the death wish... That necessity of saying to hell with love, to hell with life, to hell with tomorrow, to hell with liberty and happiness and fire up the meat grinders we call factories or jobs to survive till tomorrow to do it all again is real... The difference between us and those people in the middle ages that Calvin so hated is that they had a future... They could conceive of a better tomorrow... The idea of opening a vein to inject some relief touched by a hundred dirty hands and passed by as many cases of corruption is not the thought of a happy man, but was desparation... And we must ask: If these rich are as miserable as us, if as desparate for love, as needy of happiness when all they do drives us to destraction, drugs, and drink; what is it all for??? Why are so few capable of honor, of joy, of courage, of hope in the face of this world wide failure of modern capitalist society???
You blame the liberal... You see you are not the first, and are only about 500 years late... You are wrong... Liberals are not right about everything, but clearly this society is not doing what every society should do in making happiness possible... If the rich are not happy, and how few obviously are; it is time to give up this ship because the rest of us are purely miserable...
Thanks...Sweeney
Comment: #10
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Sun Jul 13, 2014 7:58 AM
Re: James A, Sweeney
You're right - there aren't any happy sailors on Obama's ship! Rich or poor or almost poor, it doesn't matter.
Comment: #11
Posted by: Oldtimer
Mon Jul 14, 2014 4:56 AM
Re: James A, Sweeney

Try not to confuse liberalism with liberty. Modern liberalism and liberty are anathema one to the other. Modern liberalism is no more than a soft concoction of the totalitarian ideals of socialism and fascism. It is tyrannical in nature implemented and assisted by actual despots or those who are prepared to endure despotism in return for the hand out.

Modern liberalism seeks to control every aspect of existence from life to death, who should live who should die, who should be permitted free speech and who should not, who should be permitted to worship and who should not, who should be permitted to create wealth who should not, who should be permitted to keep the wealth they created and who should be permitted to steal that wealth.

Profit is good, greed is good, because it is the profit motive driven by greed that spurs all business, all innovation and prosperity which in turn benefits the parasites who feed off it.

So spare me the whining BS.

I owe you no happiness. You have the right to pursue life liberty and happiness but I owe neither you nor anyone else anything. So either your hand in your pocket or put it to work.
Comment: #12
Posted by: joseph wright
Tue Jul 15, 2014 9:04 AM
On the article.

Really girl? This isn't law review. What we have here is two people who are engaging in a little recreational drug use along with recreational sex and a disposable romance.

Did the girl force him to have a drug injection? Did she know that it would be lethal? Really? Get f..king real?

So the guy goes into a heroin induced drug over dose and you are speculating that the girl knew that he might die and that he wouldn't recover so you are going to charge her with murder since she didn't immediately call 911 or the police to have them run a trace on her phone and nail her for at least negligent homicide if not murder; and, that assumes that she had a reasonable expectation of the result.

By the way girl, what makes you think that the drug came from her and not him? And while you are speculating on her mental operation let me ask you just exactly what do you think he would have done if the outcome had been the reverse?

You are hot and smart but in reality you don't have a clue.
Comment: #13
Posted by: Michael H. McDuffie
Sat Jul 19, 2014 4:06 PM
On the article.

Really girl? This isn't law review. What we have here is two people who are engaging in a little recreational drug use along with recreational sex and a disposable romance.

Did the girl force him to have a drug injection? Did she know that it would be lethal? Really? Get f..king real?

So the guy goes into a heroin induced drug over dose and you are speculating that the girl knew that he might die and that he wouldn't recover so you are going to charge her with murder since she didn't immediately call 911 or the police to have them run a trace on her phone and nail her for at least negligent homicide if not murder; and, that assumes that she had a reasonable expectation of the result.

By the way girl, what makes you think that the drug came from her and not him? And while you are speculating on her mental operation let me ask you just exactly what do you think he would have done if the outcome had been the reverse?

You are hot and smart but in reality you don't have a clue.
Comment: #14
Posted by: Michael H. McDuffie
Sat Jul 19, 2014 4:06 PM
On the article.

Really girl? This isn't law review. What we have here is two people who are engaging in a little recreational drug use along with recreational sex and a disposable romance.

Did the girl force him to have a drug injection? Did she know that it would be lethal? Really? Get f..king real?

So the guy goes into a heroin induced drug over dose and you are speculating that the girl knew that he might die and that he wouldn't recover so you are going to charge her with murder since she didn't immediately call 911 or the police to have them run a trace on her phone and nail her for at least negligent homicide if not murder; and, that assumes that she had a reasonable expectation of the result.

By the way girl, what makes you think that the drug came from her and not him? And while you are speculating on her mental operation let me ask you just exactly what do you think he would have done if the outcome had been the reverse?

You are hot and smart but in reality you don't have a clue.
Comment: #15
Posted by: Michael H. McDuffie
Sat Jul 19, 2014 4:06 PM
On the article.

Really girl? This isn't law review. What we have here is two people who are engaging in a little recreational drug use along with recreational sex and a disposable romance.

Did the girl force him to have a drug injection? Did she know that it would be lethal? Really? Get f..king real?

So the guy goes into a heroin induced drug over dose and you are speculating that the girl knew that he might die and that he wouldn't recover so you are going to charge her with murder since she didn't immediately call 911 or the police to have them run a trace on her phone and nail her for at least negligent homicide if not murder; and, that assumes that she had a reasonable expectation of the result.

By the way girl, what makes you think that the drug came from her and not him? And while you are speculating on her mental operation let me ask you just exactly what do you think he would have done if the outcome had been the reverse?

You are hot and smart but in reality you don't have a clue.
Comment: #16
Posted by: Michael H. McDuffie
Sat Jul 19, 2014 4:06 PM
Re: Michael H. McDuffie
"hot"???
Comment: #17
Posted by: Oldtimer
Tue Jul 22, 2014 4:42 AM
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