Here's a story that's pretty much terrible on all levels. A man in Texas is being accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death and leaving her dead body to be discovered by her children when his girlfriend informed him, after they had sex, that she was HIV positive. Thirty-six-year-old Larry Dunn Jr. allegedly lost his cool when Cicely Bolden, 28, shared she had the disease. Dunn ran into the kitchen, grabbed a knife, and began stabbing her. He then burned his clothes and the weapon and threw them away in a Waffle House dumpster. The police later retrieved the evidence.
But what Larry told the police after his arrest is possibly the most disturbing part of the story.
The Dallas police say Dunn confessed to the crime, saying, "She killed me, so I killed her."
First of all, I cannot imagine the rage that coursed through his veins after Cicely broke the news. She betrayed him, she lied to him, and she put him in danger. Had she told him before they had sex, had she laid out the facts about being in a relationship with someone who's HIV positive, had they dealt with the disease together, instead of separately, maybe the day wouldn't have ended in death. It was unequivocally a reckless and selfish mistake, but did she deserve to be murdered? Absolutely not.
Especially since having sex with a woman who is HIV positive is in no way a guarantee that the man will contract the disease. Government research states:
In general, the risk of a man getting HIV from a woman during vaginal intercourse in the United States is low -- probably less than 1 of 1,000 exposures will result in actual infection.
Dunn jumped to conclusions and made a drastic and horrifying decision. Had he asked some questions or taken a beat before taking Cicely's life, things might have turned out differently.
When Cicely's 7- and 8-year-old children came home from school, they found their mother's lifeless body. A neighbor heard the children's cries and took the kids in temporarily; they're now with their father, Cicely's ex-husband, who says the kids are doing "OK."
Dunn's bond is half a million dollars and he's being charged with murder. At this point, there's no word on whether or not he is HIV positive.
What do you think about this story?
Photo via Dallas County Sheriff's Department