Empty Days

Tuesday, October 12, 2004



Welfare state.

SEATTLE (AP) - Mary Kay Letourneau, who spent 7 1/2 years in federal prison for child rape, told CNN's Larry King she is planning to marry the former elementary school student she had sex with. Letourneau, 42, said no date had been set for the wedding to Vili Fualaau, who was 12 when their relationship began. She told CNN she and Fualaau, now 21, share "a deep spiritual oneness,'' "a compatible sense of humor'' and a "perspective on life.''

Letourneau was a 34-year-old elementary school teacher in suburban Des Moines, Wash., and an unhappily married mother of four in 1996, when she began having sex with Fualaau. When Letourneau was arrested in 1997, she was already pregnant with Fualaau's daughter. Though Letourneau professed her love for the boy, a judge sentenced her to six months in jail for second-degree child rape, and ordered her to stay away from him.

A month after Letourneau was released, she was caught having sex with Fualaau in her car. She gave birth to Fualaau's second daughter behind bars. She was released Aug. 5. A judge last month granted Fualaau's request to lift an order barring Letourneau from contacting him. He has also said they were planning to marry.


I still can't believe this story - every time I hear about it, I can't believe it. This is the world we live in, the very essence of it. There is no social contract in this society of ours - all we've got is the rule of the law, and this law is blind. A machine. Who's the cow and who's the butcher...





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