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Bobby Joe Blythe – Latest News Update

September 9, 2009 Leave a comment

It seems the Bobby Joe Blythe karate dojo video case hasn’t died yet and is still bubbling under the Internet’s radar.

The Justice 4 Kung Fu Guy site just tweeted that Inside Nova have published another story today about the case and it’s a bit of a turn about face.

“Police originally said that [Kung Fu Guy wasn’t killed]. Now they aren’t so sure, Prince William police Maj. Ray Colgan said.”

Another victim has been traced and he only recalls waking up in an ambulance after being invited to the dojo to display his fighting skills.

The story also states that police are now investigating Blythe and looking for other victims or witnesses. They also state that they’re not completely sure that the assailant was Willie J Dennis.

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Willie J Dennis Witch Hunt Continues

September 5, 2009 9 comments

Bullshido are now mounting a campaign to have Willie J Dennis’ application for termination of his probation to be denied. Dennis is currently on an unrelated charge in Broward County, FL and has applied to have his probation terminated early. Bullshido are using the Blythe video as evidence against him and asking the members of the site to write to the judge and ask him to deny the application.

I don’t believe this is justice, I believe this is a witch hunt.

Firstly, the crime depicted on the video is heinous and certainly criminal. However, Dennis’ role in it needs to be understood. Yes, he stomped on the guy but there are probably mitigating circumstances. For example, did he think it was a challenge match? Did Blythe instruct Dennis to disable him in such a violent manner? Was this just one incident caught on tape but fitted into an overall pattern? Blythe said Dennis paid for his ineptitude for the following week and said he another ‘Fight for Life’ video which was even better. Therefore, did Dennis truly act on his own.

When a vicious dog attacks a child, we blame the owner and the training it received. Therefore, it seems wrong to use video evidence in one case when making decisions about another case when the background and surrounding facts of that video have not been established.

Every case has to be tried on its merits. Other cases should only be taken into account if they have been similarly investigated, presented to a jury of our peers and a judgement made. Punishing Dennis just because he’s in the system is the wrong approach, in my humble opinion.

To me, justice means collecting information and passing it to the legal system to act upon or ignore. A witch hunt, or vigilantism is taking this information and acting upon it yourself. I would like Blythe, Dennis and every other member of the audience charged over this video but I want law enforcement to gather the evidence, see it presented in a court of law where the facts can be established and a judgement made.

Blythe appears as though he ran his dojo with a rod of iron and whatever he said, he expected others to do or they’d face the consequences. Dennis, being an ex-military man, is likely to understand that hierarchy and simply follow orders almost blindly. I get the impression from this case that Dennis was just the puppet and the consequences of not following Blythe’s orders were far greater than beating a vagrant to near death.

Imagine a group of 7 friends in a circle with 1 outsider in the middle. The leader of the group gives another a baseball bat and tells him to beat the guy, or else. Everybody else starts chanting and encouraging the guy with the bat to start swinging. Who’s really at fault here? They all are, but the guy with the bat is not necessarily the worst one, at least he had a few excuses. Everybody was goading him or pressuring him to act. His leader was telling him to do it, or else. Nobody else had an excuse.

Ultimately, I want to see justice but I want to see due process being followed. I don’t want to see them burned, hung or beaten to death, I want to see them brought to a courtroom where they have to account for their actions on this day. The jury can then decide what to do and who was more culpable than everybody else. Trying to subvert the justice system to punish Dennis today is wrong, that’s not how due process works. Due process means putting him on a charge for this crime.

If the justice system fails and the decision doesn’t feel right, do something about it, modify the system. Maybe statute of limitations should be based on when the evidence comes to light rather than when it occurred. Video will always allow us to see past crimes. If we want a justice system that makes us feel protected and that encourages us to act responsibly, rather than reprehensibly, we have to adapt it to deal with this incident.

Bobby Joe Blythe – Case Closed?

August 31, 2009 11 comments

The Washington Post published a story yesterday about the “Jesus Taught Me” video and says there’s nothing to it. The article by Josh White states that “the case isn’t cold, and the man wasn’t killed.” He then adds, “The viral video is another example of what can happen so easily on the Internet, with sketchy information leading to wild speculation — and wild-goose chases for police.”

A retired police detective, Chuck Feldbush, says he met the victim a few days later and even though he had clearly been beaten he chose not to pursue charges. He also said that the video didn’t surface until the 1990s otherwise they’d have taken it as far as they could.

The story fundamentally says that the case is closed, there’s nothing to see and we should all move on.

If that’s true and there is nothing to see can the district attorney please release a statement to that effect.

I didn’t see a video of an alleged murder and a police cover-up.

What I saw was a video of man critically injured by another man with the consent of the dojo owner. I also saw a few others standing by and watching it all unfold, encouraging the attack the continue and then sweeping it all under the carpet as if it was acceptable.

The video has been distributed by Blythe over the past 25 years to a few friends, shown several times and Blythe’s own comments said this guy had his “clock stopped”. Blythe also said there was another video titled ‘Fight for Life’ that he had and others have said this sort of brutality was common practice for Blythe and his way of testing his bodybuards and black belts.

What I witnessed was an attempted murder of somebody regarded as a worthless human being for nothing more than entertainment pleasure. To me, this whole incident is akin to a dog fight with a willing audience all actively participating and being complicit in the crime. On two occasions, members of the audience push the guy back into the fight. On another occasion a woman shouts “TV! TV!” when they approach the TV in the room, clearly more concerned about the TV than the health of the worthless man.

And nobody wants to charge anybody else for this.

It was Martin Luther King Jr that said “justice denied anywhere diminishes justice everywhere” and is emblazoned on the Justice4KungFuGuy website but it sums up the position for me too. If people can do this, video it, brag about it for 25 years and we do nothing, we condone it. We are saying that this is acceptable.

Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in jail for dog fighting. Are we really saying that was more heinous than this crime? How many other guys were beaten by Blythe’s students? How many more videos were recorded and shown to his friends and family? Where is the ‘Fight for Life’ video Blythe boasts about as being even better?

I don’t see this was a wild-goose chase, any more than the pursuit of Nazi war criminals 60 years after the fact. I see it as an opportunity to right a wrong and send a message that this is not acceptable. Blythe and his cohorts got away with this crime, isn’t this what people really find disgusting about this case? All of those hundreds of people that visit this site and read these articles feel disgusted. They want to know what happened and find it unsettling when their value system is knocked off balance by a story like this. We want that balance restored, we want to believe that our justice system works and is effective. We want to know that our faith in the system is well-founded and that our own perception of what’s right and wrong is accurate.

What we really want, is to feel better about this. We want somebody, somewhere, to tell Blythe and his cohorts that this is unacceptable.

UPDATE: There’s also another site pursuing justice for this crime – http://kmz.me/crimevictim/index.php