Man Who Murdered Sex Offenders Is No Hero

justiceIf vigilantism was cool or legal, we'd consider Patrick Drum a real Miles Davis. But since it's not, we'll just have to consider him a violent man on his way to jail. In a Washington courtroom yesterday, Drum, 34, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for murdering 28-year-old Gary L. Blanton Jr. and 56-year-old Jerry W. Ray. Drum took their lives because he has a vendetta against sex offenders, and both Blanton and Ray had been convicted rapists.

Ray pleaded guilty to raping a 7-year-old and a 4-year-old back in 2002, and Blanton pleaded guilty, at 17, to raping a 17-year-old disabled girl. Drum evidently wanted both men to pay for their crimes, and took matters into his own hands. He shot them both multiple times.

Just as no one wants child rapists roaming around, no one wants lawless killers out and about, either. Ray's and Blantan's crimes were heinous and I'm disgusted that there are people out there capable of such things, but at the same time, I'm also appalled that there are those out there who think Drum is some kind of hero for his actions.

Apparently, he has some supporters who are stalking the victims' families, spitting on them and whatnot.

Drum murdered two people in cold blood. He's not a hero nor a pioneer. In fact, he's a criminal himself, having spent four years in prison on drug charges. He got Ray's and Blantan's names off the public sex offender registry and decided to kill them. He was suspected to be on his way to kill a third sex offender when cops intervened. What, exactly, is so brave and noble about that?

I guess he fancied himself some sort of Dexter character who could exact revenge on those who had done pretty horrible things, but Dexter is just a TV show. It doesn't work that way in real life. You can't go around shooting people in the face because you think they deserve it. Like Mom always says, two wrongs don't make a right.

Drum deserves life without parole because as soon as we show someone like him any leniency, the law becomes absolutely meaningless.

Do you think Drum did something good or evil?


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fave82 fave82

Im all for the vigilante. Clearly our kind of justice is useless.

EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

If the whole world worked on the basis of an eye for an eye,we'd all be blind. 

Venae Venae

Drum deserves life without parole because as soon as we show someone like him any leniency, the law becomes absolutely meaningless.

Are you kidding?  We showed CHILD RAPISTS leniency by setting them free.  GOOD FOR YOU, MR. DRUM!!!!  A shame you weren't smarter about it and got caught.

dixie... dixiechick2

Yay for Patrick!

Jeanette Martinez

I think it's awesome. The rate of reoffense with those types of crimes is really high. I wish he hadn't have been caught. We could use more people like that in the world.

juicy... juicyjuls

there are 2 less child molesters/rapists in the world because of what Mr.Drum did. I think it is far worse what those 2 sicko pervs did: SEXUALLY ABUSING children, which will probably mess them up in some way or another when they get older, versus what Mr. Drum did, which was ridding out the world of those 2  sicko perverts! Sort of wish he was smarter about how he did it, he could have captured more of those subhumans and made the world even better. Don't get me wrong, murder is WRONG, but I think it makes it less worse when the murdered party deserves it. 

Jennifer Ives O'Meara

I agree with the other posters, I wish he was smarter about this, so he could have killed more. No tears for the child rapists, kudos to the killer. Just goes to show you how messed up our judicial system is, when a man who rapes a 4 year old & 7 year old can do less than 10 years in prison, but a man who removes scum from the earth is given life. I've said it before on this site, death comes to us all, but you rape a child, your number deserves to come up next, I don't care how the job gets done.

Mommi... MommietoJB

I agree with most of the posters above. Ask the families of those children that were raped I dont think they would think its too much for these men to be shot.Imagine if your child would have been the victims, I would probably kill them before some vigilante. We are way to lenient on rapist and especially child rapist, they all need to be put to death.

Mommi... MommietoJB

We need to show serious consequences for the most heinous crimes. Show these sickos that you do this and your going to die.

Felly... FellyScarlett

Sex offenders shouldn't get out at all. I'm sorry, they don't change.

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