Megan Williams Hate Crime that wasn't

by Lewis Loflin

On Tuesday September 11, 2007 a visitor sent this information to me. I predicted this would grab national headlines, then my wife tells me it was all over CNN Wednesday and we sure the hell knew the race and had the pictures of the accused.

The NAACP was being "consulted" on this issue as if they operate as a government agency. Well the truth came out that the victim was dating one of these people, there goes the hate crime angle. The story was off the air by Thursday. She was not a random target, prosecutor Brian Abraham said Wednesday. She had a "social relationship" with one of the suspects. The Christian and Newsom murders were certainly "random" so why no hate crime charges?

She Recanted

To quote The New York Post October 22, 2009:

A troubled young woman whom the Rev. Al Sharpton championed as a victim of a horrific, racially motivated sexual assault now says she fabricated the incident -- despite the fact that all of her alleged attackers pleaded guilty and are serving jail time.

Megan Williams, who is black, wasn't kidnapped and tortured in a West Virginia trailer at the hands of white attackers -- but lied because she wanted to get back at a boyfriend who'd beaten her, her lawyer, Byron Potts, said. "She told me the only thing not self-inflicted were the bruises on her face," he said at a news conference. "She is recanting the entire incident. She says it did not happen, and she's scared."

...All seven of the accused attackers pleaded guilty to variety of charges, and six received lengthy prison sentences. Williams, who is developmentally challenged, said she was pressured by her adopted mother to make the false allegation and the two had collected $70,000 in donations, including $1,000 from Sharpton...

Her legal counsel at the time was Malik Shabazz is also the co-founder of a racist group called Black Lawyers for Justice and a member of the New Black Panther Party.

That's the same group that intimidated white voters in Philadelphia that the government refuses to prosecute because the victims are white. Six innocent people are in prison for a lie it seems. Or are they innocent? The press just can't be trusted anymore and bloggers simply don't have the kind of access the press does.

This case again raised questions of media bias because the victim was black and the perps were white. Many on the web claim when the races are reversed and it's a black on white crime, there's a national news blackout.

Roland S. Martin of CNN questioned why this case and the Christian-Newsom case had not been a source of greater outrage for the public and media than the Vick dog case? Megan Williams, her mother, and Crystal Boyd were featured and interviewed on The Montel Williams Show on March 4, 2008. Who is Crystal Boyd and where was Megan's mother who abandoned her doing while all of this was going on?

What is wrong with a society that worries more over polar bears than their own neighbors? Megan Williams became the center of a massive scam that wasn't her doing. By the way that $70,000 was stolen her adopted mother at the time. She has a new guardian whom Paula Henderson in her book Southern Silence calls Momma Dog who does seem to care.

They moved to new undisclosed location, but even here the area was filled with violent crime. They moved because of threats they got when she recanted the race crime nonsense her earlier guardian had put her up to saying. Was there a crime? Yes there was, it just had nothing to with race for the six serving prison time for it.

Paula went and met Megan in person and relates the whole sad story as,

Megan was living with a foster mother who gave her to those men. Admitting that she was attracted at first, Megan was willing to get in the van. Driving to their home she was exited. She had been bounced around from place to place, so a home elsewhere was a reprieve from her current reality.

However, a night of anger was waiting for her like the darkened skies of a West Virginia storm. She had spent food stamps that were not hers and she would learn the consequences of that decision...

All of this hell and destroyed lives over some damned food stamps. The only time anyone seemed to care about a poor and unwanted young black girl was when they could make money or cry racism to bolster a political agenda. As Paula further noted,

Even the white community was horrified...Only if the details that fit mould of defensible racism were encouraged. No room was left for objectivity or truth. As Megan pointed to each person (in newspaper clippings) and described her evening, often combing her bangs to appear beautiful to me, I realized this was a story of racism. The story just was not told the way we all wanted to hear it.

Rightfully Paula blasted the cyber community for wanting to make all kinds of judgments and opinions from anonymity, but refuse to get involved and solve a problem. This nation has abandoned whole cities (she calls Badlands) to crime, drugs, and family breakdown. Note only do we often deal with a culture that views even poor whites with criminal indifference, but abuse from the civil rights community as well.

Any attempt to clean up inner city crime, drugs, etc. raises howls of racism and profiling, followed by grand standing from race hustlers like Al Sharpton. Any time somebody questions the breakdown of poor and black families being their own fault and attempt to address it, more charges of racism.

Where the hell were these people when Megan Williams and thousands more just like her were being dumped into one unloving foster home after another? They only cared about Megan Williams the victim of white racism, not the real Megan Williams a poor and unwanted black girl.

What follows are assorted news reports from the web. For more information on her book Southern Silence visit

Bobby Ray Brewster and five other suspects including his mother, Frankie Lee, 49, Danny Combs, 20, George Messer, 27, Karen Burton, 46, and her daughter Alisha, 23 were all charged with kidnapping, the most serious charge that can carry up to life in prison upon conviction.

They were all also charged with at least one count each of first-degree sexual offense, which if convicted, could carry a sentence of up to 35 years in prison. On October 11, charges against Karen Burton were sent to a grand jury. Charges included kidnapping, first degree sexual assault, malicious wounding, assault during the commission of a felony and 13 counts of battery.

In February 2008, Alisha Burton and George Messer both pleaded guilty to assault and kidnapping and were sentenced to 10 years each.

On February 13, 2008, Karen Burton, one of the women involved in the attack, was given one 10-year sentence for violation of civil rights and two 2-10 year sentences for assault. She was the only person involved that was charged with a hate crime.

Frankie Brewster received 10-25 years for second-degree sexual assault. They had both pleaded guilty in exchange for reduced sentences. Carmen Williams, Megan's mother, expressed frustration that they had not received life sentences, which is the maximum penalty for kidnapping.

Bobby Brewster pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and malicious assault. He was sentenced to 13 to 40 years in prison in July 2008. Danny Combs will serve 20 years for conspiracy to commit kidnapping. He pleaded guilty to sexual assault, assault during the commission of a felony, and conspiracy to commit kidnapping or holding hostage in September 2008.


Tuesday, September 11, 2007

LOGAN, W.Va. - Authorities said Tuesday they are considering hate crime charges in the case of a woman who was tortured while being held captive for at least a week, and they are investigating the possibility that she was lured by a man she met on the Internet. The victim was repeatedly called a racial slur while her captors sexually abused, beat and stabbed her, her mother said. Six people, all white, including a mother and son and a mother and daughter, were arrested in connection with the alleged abduction of the 20-year-old black woman, who was held captive at a home in Big Creek in Logan County, about 50 miles southwest of Charleston...

Neighbors said the were shocked to hear about the crime. "This is awful," said Cabin Whitt, who has raised five children in Big Creek and was trimming his lawn on Tuesday. "You don't expect to hear anything like that." The case is "something that would have come out of a horror movie," Logan County Sheriff W.E. Hunter said. Deputies found Williams on Saturday when they went to Frankie Brewster's house to investigate an anonymous tip from someone who had witnessed the abuse, Porter said Tuesday. Brewster was sitting on the front porch and told deputies she was alone, but moments later Williams limped toward the door, her arms outstretched, saying "Help me," the sheriff's department said in a news release.

Carmen Williams said doctors told her daughter she may be well enough to leave the hospital within a few days, although a nurse said the young woman's condition was listed as "under evaluation." "I just want my daughter to be well and recover," Carmen Williams said. "I know the Lord can do anything." Besides being sexually assaulted, Williams had been stabbed four times in the left leg and beaten, Porter said. During her capture, Williams was forced to eat rat and dog feces and drink from the toilet, according to the criminal complaint filed in Logan County Magistrate Court. She was also choked and doused with hot water.

One of those arrested, Karen Burton, is accused of cutting Williams' ankle with a knife and using the N-word in telling Williams she was victimized because she is black, according to the criminal complaint. Brewster, 49, is charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, malicious wounding and giving false information during a felony investigation...

No hate crime charges in W. Va. torture

AP 13 Sep. 2007

Authorities decided Wednesday not to pursue hate crime charges in the kidnapping and week-long torture of a black woman, instead going after the suspects, who are white, on state charges that carry stiffer penalties. While federal civil rights or state hate crime charges remain an option, a state kidnapping count that carries a sentence of up to life in prison will provide the best chance for successful prosecution, officials said. "As a practical matter, sentenced to life, what else can be done?" U.S. Attorney Charles T. Miller told The Associated Press.

State hate crime charges, which carry a sentence of 10 years, could come later, prosecutor Brian Abraham said. State sexual assault charges carry a penalty up to 35 years in prison. The woman's captors forced her to eat rat droppings, choked her with a cable cord and stabbed her in the leg while calling her a racial slur, according to criminal complaints. They also poured hot water over her, made her drink from a toilet, and beat and sexually assaulted her during a span of about a week, the documents say.

She was not a random target, prosecutor Brian Abraham said Wednesday. She had a "social relationship" with one of the suspects, he said...The victim had a previous relationship with Bobby Brewster, one of the six in custody, Abraham said. He was charged in July with domestic battery and assault after a domestic dispute involving the same woman.

Protesters demand hate crimes charges for those accused in W.Va. assault

Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Hundreds of people marched through the state capital on Saturday to urge prosecutors to add hate crime charges against six white people charged in the beating, torture and sexual assault of a 20-year-old black woman. Authorities say the accused, three men and three women, held Megan Williams captive for days at a rural trailer - sexually assaulting her, beating her and forcing her to eat human and animal feces.

Police stopped traffic in downtown Charleston along the 2-mile route, as demonstrators held signs calling for the suspects to be charged with hate crimes. "Hate crimes are out of control in America," Malik Shabazz, a legal adviser to Williams and her family and a founder of Black Lawyers for Justice, told the group at a rally before the march. "Nooses are being hung and our women are being raped by white mobs. What happened to Megan Williams was a hate crime and we want this prosecuted as a hate crime."

Shabazz pointed to statements from suspect Frankie Brewster and her son, Bobby Brewster, that racial epithets were used every time Williams was stabbed. Shabazz staged the rally despite a request by the city's black ministerial association and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not to gather because it could harm the prosecution's case...Williams attended the rally wearing a T-shirt with the message "Protect the Black Woman."

The Associated Press generally does not identify suspected victims of sexual assault, but Williams and her mother agreed to release her name.