While I understand the interest in the killer’s life and motivations, I think it’s unfortunate that a murder always becomes his story, rather than the story of the victim or victims. Especially because no one seems to have any interest in analyzing the ways in which male privilege is instrumental to the thinking that leads a man to pick up a gun and kill a woman whom he believes has not paid him the attention he is due. (I’m sure that there are plenty of crazed loner women that we never hear about, because they don’t think they’re entitled to the time and attention of men and/or they don’t get guns and kill them.) Stephen Morgan became fixated on Johanna Justin-Jinich nearly two years ago:
During the summer between those semesters, Mr. Morgan took a course at New York University, the same sexual diversity class in which Ms. Justin-Jinich was enrolled. By the end of it, Ms. Justin-Jinich had complained to the university of harassment, saying that Mr. Morgan called her repeatedly and sent her threatening and insulting e-mail messages.
One person who has reviewed the messages said the relationship appeared to have begun on a friendly footing. It was clear from the messages that they had seen one another outside of class, going out to eat on a few occasions, said the person, who declined to be identified because the person was not authorized to discuss them publicly.
But the person said that at one point, Ms. Justin-Jinich went away over a three-day weekend, and Mr. Morgan became enraged, sending her e-mail messages asking where she was and why she was not answering his calls.
He began criticizing her, saying she was not so attractive and making an issue of her being half-Jewish, saying that Jewish people are greedy, and criticizing her for wearing what he said were revealing clothes and flaunting her body, the person who reviewed the e-mail messages said. Mr. Morgan suggested that she needed a lot of attention and said she was behaving like a little girl.
Mr. Morgan, who had lived in Colorado Springs and Boulder, also made comments about how people in those parts of the state looked down on people from the area of Colorado where Ms. Justin-Jinich’s family lived, near Fort Collins.
Bat$hit crazy–or just another entitled jerk who became angry when a woman he was interested in wouldn’t respond to his advances? I like how the New York Times has the column inches to report insults about her hometown but not to point out the bloody obvious–that Justin-Jinich was targeted not just because she was half-Jewish or from Fort Collins, but because she was a woman. I’m sure it’s because (according to his lawyer) “[t]here is no evidence that he had a violent history or a personality disorder” that her killer had no problem at all getting his hands on the “black 9-millimeter semiautomatic pistol” that he used to murder the woman whose attention and time he felt entitled to.
When will internet and telephone harassment be considered “evidence . . . [of] a personality disorder” or put someone on a watch list for violent behavior that will prevent them from being able to purchase guns and ammunition? It seems to me that having stalked Justin-Jinich with unwanted phone calls and harassing e-mails surely is evidence of a personality disorder. And why was it up to Justin-Jinich to press charges? Surely the police are better equipped to judge a threat level than a nineteen year-old young woman. Who at nineteen thinks that the weird guy in class is going to kill you? Why isn’t anyone connecting the dots on this?
Don’t any of those university officials or police officers have daughters?