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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Vicki Burton

Look around your little world and see if you have any sex offenders who have not been "caught" and "adjudicated" and let me know how that goes. Please don't make that famous clueless statement..."not in my family" because if you do you obviously believe in the tooth fairy, Easter bunny and good ole Santa Claus. Listen closely.....95% of SEXUAL OFFENSES GO UNREPORTED yet you folks think these guys are heros....are you kidding me?

Vicki Burton

I have a uncle who has molested for YEARS and never been reported, my son was sexually abused by his biological father but he will not prosecute him because he doesn't want to drudge it up, a guy that we went to church with left his wife's bed and went and got in his step-daughter's beds and when one of the girls spoke of suicide at a youth function thankfully someone listened. The mother said, "They could have locked their doors!" and last I checked he was not on any registry.

Vicki Burton



Are you starting to understand? Two things here; stop expecting laws to protect your children and stop listening to the media hype because they will admit a "sex offender" story improves their ratings. Ironically, some of them have started facing the truth (Sandusky) that since the recidivism rate is 5.3% (Justice Policy Institute) for with another "sexual" offense folks need to beware of those around them and they are stating it.....on-air!  Imagine that!


Vicki Burton

Also, there are over 763,000 men, women and children (as young as 8 in some states) required to register and folks are lead to believe this "registry" will make their kids safe.  The "crimes" range from urinating in public, sexting, exposure, false accusations by a soon-to-be ex-wife, angry girlfriend, or spiteful student, viewing abusive OR suggestive images of anyone18 years old or younger, playing doctor, solicitation, Romeo and Juliet consensual sexual dating relationships, "allowing a 16 year old girl to perform oral sex on you and a drunken party and you are over 18, rape and incest.   


Vicki Burton

If you multiply the number on the registry by 2 or 3 family members you can see there are well over 2,500,000 wives, children, moms, aunts, girlfriends, grandmothers and other family members who suffer the collateral damage of being harassed, threatened, beaten, have signs placed in their yards, asked to leave their churches and other organizations, have flyers distributed around the neighborhood, wives lose their jobs when someone learns they are married to a registrant....all these things occur when these people try to hold their family together and help their family member get their life together and re-integrate into society.  They want to work and support their families but, the more laws, restrictions and barriers the more likely that cannot happen.

Vicki Henry

Women Against Registry


Lila Folster

I hate to burst anyone's bubble, but Gary Blanton WAS NOT a rapist. The "disabled" girl was deaf and she was his girlfriend. He was 17, so was she. He endured taunting from his friends because of the relationship, only to have it culminate with her parents having him arrested to terminate the relationship because they felt she was "incapable of consent" according to the law, because of her being deaf. Mr. Blanton was 28 years old when he was murdered and left behind a loving widow and two baby boys who loved and depending on him.

Lila Folster

Did ANYONE at all click the link in the story about "raping a 17 year-old disabled girl" ???? It might have opened a few people's eyes to the truth. Gary Blanton DID NOT belong on the registry any more than any other teen in a consensual relationship does. He certainly DID NOT deserve to die at the hands of a vicious vigilante either! In a coroner's report it was indicated that Gary Blanton had NOT simply been executed, but had been shot 15 TIMES with a 9mm handgun prior to his death. 

Anjee... AnjeezHere

Just so you know. Gary didnt rape a 17 yr girl. He had sex with his 17 year girlfriend.But because she was deaf her mom used that to get him for rape. He never reoffended, he was married with two young boys when he was brutally murdered. Then Patrick called the wife and laughed in her face about it. Patick is the sicko. Do you have any idea the number of men that are now labled as Sex Offenders for life for having sex with their same age at the time , underage girlfriends.A lot Not to mention those that have urinated outside, those that used the computer to download adult porn and got 1 underage girl out of 100 pics in a zip file and lets not forget the girls that lied about there age. It happens far often than you think.I am ashamed to be associated with any other mom or person that feels it is okay to take another ones life. Also research the facts before you start spouting off at the mouth and look like fools. Do you not have anything better to do but spread hate and fear.Recidvism rate are very low for Sex Offenders. Not to mention most sex offenses are commited by someone you know that is not on the registry. In place of spreading hate, how about teach your kids awareness & the signs of grooming. Learn to spot when you as the parent are being groom into trusting that coach friend or uncle. If anyone is really wanting to learn and know the fact message me and I will give you the links to the studies.

Camille Ney

What he did was horrid and I'm glad he's being put away for good, and I hope his followers have gotten the message loud and clear

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