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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