Michael Savage echoes VFR on the killer nanny

Two days ago, October 28 (though it seems like a week ago), I reflected on a photograph of Yoselyn Ortega holding two of the Krim children:

Ortega looks strange. She does not look like a typical nanny … [H]er face is strange and strained-looking. She does not look like a wholesome or healthy person. Her color is sickly…. There’s something disturbing and strained about the set of her mouth. Overall, her face makes me think of dark and negative forces, like voodoo or something. Her hand as it grips one of the children does not look like the hand of a healthy, young person. That very dark blood-red fingernail polish is inappropriate for a woman caring for small children.

And in the following comment Alexis Zarkov said, inter alia:

I wouldn’t have trusted a person like Yoselyn to care for my cat…. What kind of world am I living in? In the white Anglo-Saxon world of the past, this sort of grim murder of the innocent would happen only a few times in a century. Today it seems like a regular occurrence.

Now a reader sends a Michael Savage monologue on YouTube from yesterday, October 29, in which, point for point (except for his theory of drugs), he expresses almost the identical thoughts as I and Mr. Zarkov. The YouTube also has a new photo of Yoselyn Ortega in which she looks as disturbed and unwholesome as in the photo of her with the Krim children. I’m sure that everyone does not share the same reactions to Ortega’s appearance, but, at least for some of us, it is hard to imagine any parents choosing this person to look after their small children. Below is my transcription:


MICHAEL SAVAGE: I don’t understand that. You take a look at the nanny’s eyes and lips, I wouldn’t let her watch my dog. I saw that picture of her holding the children, she had hate in her face. This was way before she killed them. Who would let a person like that near their children? I wouldn’t let her walk my dog Teddy, I’d fear he’d come back devoured, It’s the worst story I’ve seen in my modern life, the single, like, worst family story ever. How could you put your two children [sic] like this? There’s something more to it. My immediate guess was, she had the purple fingernails, it looked to me like she was on drugs, there’s no other explanation for it, like she went bad in New York City, went with a bad crowd, like a crack—something’s wrong here, I don’t understand how a nanny butchers two children like this.

[end of Michael Savage monologue]

One last thought: Our culture is now so sick and nihilistic, so attracted to horror and primal fear, that, if it weren’t “racist” to do so, I would expect children to go on their Trick-or-Treat rounds tomorrow night wearing Yoselyn Ortega masks.

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AT writes:

While I agree with your general points on race here, I’m afraid there may be more to this story. I just don’t see the woman as particularly scary-looking. It might be possible she had been acting erratically because someone threatened the father via her. Also, in my experience, Dominicans tend to be pretty pleasant in general. For what it’s worth, plenty have no African background and are not particularly anti-white.

LA replies:

In one of the earlier threads on the nanny and also in an entry last spring following my vacation in the DR, I said that many Dominicans are socially pleasant and physically comely.

Also, another reader sent a comment in which he equated the DR with Haiti as a place of anti-white hatred and violence. I pointed out that the DR has historically identified itself as the opposite of Haiti, namely culturally white and European, and that its elite class is still white.

Terry Morris writes:

About your suggestion that Trick-or-Treaters would dress as Ortega were it not considered racist, they won’t do so tomorrow night. But give society a few more years to deteriorate and they will. Google “Lizzie Borden costumes.”

Alexis Zarkov writes:

I think Savage’s reaction is a normal one for a person of age 60 or greater. His generation remembers the time when America was a low crime country. A time when people would come to the aid of their neighbors. I first recognized our country had changed when the black thug Winston Moseley murdered Kitty Genovese in plain sight of her neighbors near Kew Gardens in Queens in 1964. Compare and contrast to the America of the 19th century. Ordinary citizens would risk their lives fighting criminals. For example, when the Dalton Gang tried to rob two banks in Coffeyville Kansas in 1892, the citizens of Coffeyville spontaneously grabbed guns and stopped the robbery. I think this spirit is still alive in Israel. A friend of mine spent several years living there, and told me that someone tried to break into a house. The men of the neighborhood instantly ran into the street (some in their underwear) with guns and gave chase. When I visited Israel in 1986, a tour guide told me that in the whole history of modern Israel only one child was murdered (not including Arab terrorism and war).

The murder of the Krim children has touched me deeply. I’m becoming completely disgusted with modern America. As a Jew, the state of Israel would offer me citizenship if I wanted. I’m tempted.

October 31

Susan G. writes:

Mr. Zarkov says that his impression of the U.S. as a safe place where people came to the aid of their neighbors changed about the time of the Kitty Geneovese case in 1964, when the woman was brutally slain “in plain sight of her neighbors” in Kew Gardens, Queens.

I too am old enough to remember the newspaper headlines about the 38 witnesses who supposedly heard her screams and ignored her plight. However, I was startled to learn recently that the story is largely untrue, an endlessly-recycled slander of her neighbors and of white American society, courtesy of then-New York Times editor Abraham Rosenthal and reporter Martin Gansberg.

Nicholas Stix in “The Kitty Genovese Hoax” (February 2012) reports that there were no 38 eyewitnesses. Neighbors did not hear Kitty Genovese screaming for two good reasons: it was the middle of the night on the coldest day of the year when windows were tightly closed; and Miss Genovese was stabbed in the lungs and could not cry out after the first of two attacks (she died of asphyxia from her own blood).

To quote Stix:

Moseley chased down Genovese, and stabbed her two-to-four times in the back with a hunting knife, causing her to cry out. A neighbor heard hear, but did not see the knife, and shouted at Moseley, and the latter ran off.

The wounded woman staggered in the foyer of her building. Moseley returned to stab her repeatedly, and raped her.

Genovese’s initial cry awoke them, and six or seven—not 38—looked outside, to see Moseley running away, and Genovese staggering away. Most of the witnesses were only “earwitnesses,” and no witness was sure of what he had seen or heard. Many figured it was either a lovers’ spat, or a couple of drunks from the local bar. Since the problem seemed to be over with, they went back to bed. None of them could see or hear Moseley’s second attack.

Stix cites researchers Jim Rasenberg and Joseph De May in the latter’s web site Old Key Gardens. According to DeMay,

the District Atorney’s Office found only maybe five or six people who saw anything that they could use, and of the people he identified, there are only really two that I know of who actually saw any part of the physical attack.

Abraham Rosenthal later wrote a book entitled 38 Witnesses.

Also, when a TV movie was produced about the murder, the black killer was—surprise!—changed to a white man.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 30, 2012 08:19 PM | Send

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