Douglas Perry is a suspect in the 1990 serial murders of prostitutes in Washington State.
But the person arrested says police have the wrong girl.
You read that right. Sometime in the intervening years, Douglas went to Thailand and became “Donna.”
Or did he?
“Donna” is a transgender woman, which is to say a dude in a dress who underwent some surgery and now expects everyone to call him “mademoiselle.”
The jig was up in 2012 after “Donna” got himself picked up on an unconnected weapons charge and “her” fingerprints were connected to the 1990 murders.
Having a suspect go to a foreign country to get his genitals mutilated in a bid to escape the past is odd enough, but now “Donna” is claiming that she’s not responsible for the murders because Douglas is gone.
Douglas’ violent personality was part of the reason “Donna” had him/herself neutered, says the “woman” arrested on a weapon charge.
But we (and the judge) are expected to believe that everything is all better now that Douglas has been castrated, shaved and dressed in a kicky jumper with matching pumps. “Donna” claims to be all peaceable and certainly not the type of girl who would go around murdering prostitutes before undergoing a medical regimen to essentially make her into one herself.
This whole transgender business is weird from the get-go. Anyone who wants to start lopping off or adding body parts and shooting hormones to “change” their gender has serious mental issues.
But the weirdest aspect is the virtual industry of psychologists, sociologists, lobbyists and media types that has built up around the idea of encouraging mentally ill people to believe that they’ll only be happy with major medical intervention to make them look like something else, and of forcing the rest of us to regard this all as normal.
Take a look how ABC introduces the story: “A transgender woman accused of being a serial killer is blaming the 1990 murders of three prostitutes in Washington State on Douglas Perry, the person she identified as before her transition.”
Read that a couple of times and say you don’t get the sense that the ABC reporters might himself be suffering some sort of schizophrenic break with reality. “Douglas Perry, the person she identified as before her transition”? How about “Douglas Perry, his name before he started singing soprano”?
Perry signed an affidavit after being interviewed by the police. According to the affidavit, “I’m not going to admit I killed anybody, I didn’t. Donna has killed nobody. … I don’t know if Doug did or not, it was 20 years ago and I have no idea whether he did or did not.”
Clearly, Perry is a little detached from what most people think of as reality.
Transgender advocates are alarmed by the case and urgently trying to convince the public that Perry is not in anyway the norm for transgenders, if there can be a “norm” among people at war with themselves.
Jack Halberstam, a transgender University of Southern California professor, said, “Making being transgender into a motivating factor for murder is almost like the horror film, ‘Dressed to Kill.’ It feeds directly into the horror stories about gender identity disorder.”
This being America, people generally have the right to do any stupid thing they want, so long as it doesn’t hurt other people. That includes being transgender. Where it comes into conflict with the rest of society is when someone following the transgender lifestyle expects or thinks he is owed approval from people who range from uncomfortable to appalled for good reason.
Perry’s case, though, risks pushing society to a new level of denial. It’s already become standard operating procedure for courts, agencies and media to treat someone as whatever gender they “identify” with rather than the one dictated by their DNA.
Perry would have us believe that a cosmetic change actually results in a completely different person. The danger is that some daft court might agree with him. Or some lobby group might back him up.
One thing we can all agree on, the seemingly schizophrenic murder suspect isn’t doing transgenders or anyone else any favors.