Andree Bajjani’s fatal passivity in the jungle of a New York luxury hotel
A news site called The National, which seems to be based in the United Arab Emirates, has a story with many revealing personal details about Andree (Sara) Bejjani, murdered last week in her condominium apartment in the luxurious, Arab-owned Jumeirah Essex House in Manhattan (formerly the Essex House). She had made numerous complaints about her possessions being stolen from her apartment, including several complaints to her eventual murderer, Derrick Praileau, the head of housekeeping. She had expressed fears about her safety at the hotel to several people. Yet she apparently hadn’t done anything about her fears. In fact she seemed fatalistic, even asking an associate for an extra business card that she could leave with the front desk for them to contact him “if anything happened to her.” She didn’t even secure her door with a chain lock!
Now add on to all of that the fact that she was a “passionate supporter of Barack Obama.”
What does this sound like? A beautiful woman, of pronounced liberal sympathies, residing in a hotel/condominium with a large nonwhite staff, at least one of whom (she knew) was preying on her, and she undertook no actions to protect herself. Notwithstanding her business experience, international lifestyle, and sophistication, notwithstanding her origins in the Arab Near East (not known as a place of naive liberals), she was a typical Eloi. Rather than take affirmative steps to defend herself from what turned out to be a black rapist-murderer, she preferred to do nothing, which led directly to her death.
Murdered woman ‘had been worried about her safety’
Richard S. writes:
Michael Campbell’s “doesn’t make sense” comment warrants discussion. Assuming Campbell is a normal heterosexual man isn’t he aware of the enormous force-field that surrounds a voluptuous woman? How could he not be? Which leads me to speculate that he is self-censoring when he states that the rape and murder of Bajjani “doesn’t make sense.” He knows how affected men are by an attractive woman, in this case a voluptuous woman. He knows that even an ordinary law abiding man with an ordinary sex drive is capable of doing anything, anything, under the sway of passion. But he denies it. Or, more accurately, he smooths it out of his conscious mind. Comments of the Campbell variety come up again and again when these horrors occur. Which can only mean that a significant number of men (and women) know but don’t know. To know that the world is thin ice over hell is … an embarrassment. It messes up the dream of niceness.LA replies:
While I agree with the main thrust of Richard’s comment, I dispute his implication that sexual desire makes any man capable of rape and murder. So let’s be a little more precise in what we’re saying here. We know that in modern society there is steady incidence of sexually motivated murders of women by men. I don’t know how common they are and I would like to know. But we read about them in the news every week, sometimes every day. So there is this common phenomenon and there is no excuse for someone not to know about it, and Michael Campbell’s statement that it “doesn’t make sense” suggests that he is closing his eyes to obvious facts of reality. But at the same time, Richard goes way too far when he says that “an ordinary law abiding man with an ordinary sex drive is capable of doing anything, anything [emphasis added], under the sway of passion.” Our subject here is sexually motivated criminal behavior. All men are sexually motivated. Only a relatively small percentage of men engage in sexually motivated criminal acts such as rape and murder.Richard S. replies:
I stand by my assertion. Example: when a woman has been a man’s lover for some period of time, when she has been granting him her favors and then withdraws those favors: that is a moment which can be and often is so rage inducing in the rejected man that he is capable of anything. Call it momentary madness if you will. It can sweep over the most decent and controlled of men. Needless to say it is a rarity that a decent man loses control so completely that he rapes or murders under that duress. But it can and does happen.LA replies
Well, we did discuss this phenomon in the very interesting thread, “Why has the female sex lost its mind?” I had been thinking of crimes by a stranger. Richard was more thinking of situations where a man kills a woman because she’s dumped him, which is the subject of the linked thread.
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