Whether it is in the "Why are you here?" threads in the forums or the comments on the front page, our members and staff are quick to offer up their motivations for searching out news of this nature. Often, we hear that an individual was following a specific story that lead them here, like Rowan Ford or Caylee Anthony. Other times, people find themselves here because tragedy once touched them personally, and it set off a passion for true crime in general. Others yet are simply fascinated by the psychology behind crime. And, while the vast majority of true crime fans fall into one of these three benign catagories, there is another, darker catagory of true crime fan that doesn't often get discussed.
Yesterday, the true crime blog community was taken aback by the news that a staff member of a popular true crime site, WebSleuths.com, is a convicted pedophile. In 1992, Terry Cavitalo, a.k.a. WindChime, plead no contest to multiple counts of Lewd and Lascivious Act in the Presense of a Minor Under the Age of 16, stemming from an incident involving her and her ex-husband, James Cavitalo, engaged in sexual acts in front of children. As a result of this crime, she was sentenced to three years in prison.
As we understand it, the staff at WebSleuths, a site that advocates for children especially, was entirely unaware of this conviction. WindChime has since been removed from the site, but had represented WebSleuths in at least one search for a missing child prior to her removal.
Now, WindChime's motivations for affiliating herself with such a site is a matter of pure speculation. She could very well have been trying to make restitution for her crime by positively involving herself in activities like searching for missing children. There's one thing we know for certain, however - Due to the nature of true crime, especially when the focus in on children, we are prone to draw some sick individuals, individuals who are fascinated and excited by suffering.
Blogs like ours, WebSleuths and others rely very heavily on volunteers to perform the functions necessary to keep these sites operational. Now, here at Dreamin'Demon, staff members have little if any access to the victims associated with the crimes we feature, and we do not organize any external volunteer work. The question remains, however - Should we be checking the backgrounds of our staff members?