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Return of the mack

Discussion in 'Guys Stuff Forum' started by diablo, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. diablo

    diablo TRIBE Member

    Prisoner charms female guards

    Michael Murphy convinced five workers to have sex with him or do illegal favors -- now some claim to be victims
    By Tracy Clark-Flory

    Michael Murphy is an alleged womanizer who seduces women, uses them to satisfy his needs and then discards them like trash. What sets this player apart from the rest, though, is that he's done all of this while in the slammer -- with five female guards, a clinical therapist and other prison workers. The 36-year-old's exploits while at a Montana prison, where he was serving a 25-year sentence for burglary, forgery and theft, are detailed in new documents published Monday by The Smoking Gun. Prisoners are considered legally incapable of giving sexual consent -- seeing as they are, you know, prisoners -- but some of the women involved with Murphy see themselves as the real victims, according to the Associated Press.

    One female guard admitted to "swapping spit" with him and exchanging sexy notes, one of which detailed how she "couldn't wait to screw him, fuck him, ride his dick." (She denied any actual sexual contact, although he says they had oral sex ten times.) Murphy tried to get her to bring him tobacco and a cellphone, but she claims to have resisted his requests. Another guard developed a "limited emotional attachment" to him, according to an official report, and sent him a card that began: "I'm in love with you." He also convinced his therapist to give him hundreds of dollars and both perform and receive oral sex several times. Two other employees also engaged in unspecified misconduct with Murphy. What's more, after these cases emerged, he was transferred to another facility, where a female food worker is already under investigation for being compromised by Murphy.

    It seems likely the man has a skill for persuasion and manipulation -- many criminals do. He also may have a particular knack for charming women. But is it really reasonable to paint these women as his victims? Murphy's therapist tries to explain how this made-for-porn scenario played out: "He kissed me one day in my office and I just thought, 'What the fuck did I just do, what just happened?" she told investigators. "From that point on I just, I felt like I couldn't do anything, I couldn't say no to him, I couldn't get myself out of it. It's like he had that over me, and he continued to push." In the documents published by TSG, she doesn't mention any explicit threats or coercion from Murphy; it seems she felt imprisoned by her own embarrassment, shame and an understandable fear for her job.

    An unnamed female employee, who lost her job due to her dalliances with Murphy, told the AP that the prison should have better protected its female workers from one-one-one time with Murphy, who was widely known as a skilled charmer and manipulator. "Everyone needs to be held accountable," she said on condition of anonymity. "I need to be held accountable, and I think I was. The prison needs to be held accountable, and Michael Murphy needs to be held accountable." Another worker, who was disciplined for failing to report Murphy's transgressions with one of her coworkers, said: "They need to do something about protecting women from predators like him, I know he's a predator," she said. "I know he's done it to several people before and, I didn't know until after the fact, after all this stuff happened, but I found out all about Michael Murphy."

    The truth, though, is that workers go through training about how to respond in these types of scenarios, because these scenarios aren't all that uncommon; and female prison employees are behind a disproportionate percentage of sexual misconduct cases. It isn't clear why that is, exactly, or whether most feel victimized as a result -- but the argument that prisons need to do more to protect female jailers from being seduced by inmates makes me uneasy. Lady-guards are up against quite a challenge already in keeping under control a population of criminals, most of whom are probably bigger, stronger and scarier than they are. Do they really need to be treated as so emotionally fragile that they need extra-special protection against manipulation? Not to mention, the sexual double-standard at play is awfully unfair to men. What would be the response to a male prison guard who claimed to be a victim because a female inmate seduced and manipulated him? Riotous laughter, that's what.
  2. SmoothOperator

    SmoothOperator TRIBE Member

    This guy should write a book. There's money to be made here!!
  3. acheron

    acheron TRIBE Member

    he has mojo, he must bottle it.
  4. dig this

    dig this TRIBE Member

    Guessing the judge that sentenced him was a dude.
  5. Incrimin8

    Incrimin8 TRIBE Member

    Michael Murphy = Michael Scofield ?

    Maybe he was setting up a break out
  6. praktik

    praktik TRIBE Member

    NYRB has had some interesting articles on sex assault in prisons recently:
    The Rape of American Prisoners - The New York Review of Books

    The Way to Stop Prison Rape - The New York Review of Books

    That 1st one has some pertinent info for this thread:

    Fully 80 percent of the sexual abuse reported in the study was committed not by other inmates but by staff. And surprisingly, 95 percent of the youth making such allegations said that they were victimized by female staff. Sixty-four percent of them reported at least one incident of sexual contact with staff in which no force or explicit coercion was used. Staff caught having sex with inmates often claim it's consensual. But staff have enormous control over inmates' lives. They can give inmates privileges, such as extra food or clothing or the opportunity to wash, and they can punish them: everything from beatings to solitary confinement to extended detention. The notion of a truly consensual relationship in such circumstances is grotesque even when the inmate is not a child.


    Using a snapshot technique—surveying a random sample[24] of those incarcerated on a given day and then extrapolating only from those numbers—the BJS found that 4.5 percent of the nation's prisoners, i.e., inmates who have been convicted of felonies and sentenced to more than a year, had been sexually abused in the facilities at which they answered the questionnaire during the preceding year: approximately 60,500 people. Moreover, 3.2 percent of jail inmates—i.e., people who were awaiting trial or serving short sentences—had been sexually abused in their facilities over the preceding six months, meaning an estimated total, out of those jailed on the day of the survey, of 24,700 nationwide.

    Both studies divide these reports of abuse in two different ways. They ask whether the perpetrator was another inmate or one of the facility's staff. And they differentiate between willing and unwilling sexual contact with staff, although recognizing that it is always illegal for staff to have sex with inmates. Similarly, they distinguish between "abusive sexual contact" from other inmates, or unwanted sexual touching, and what most people would call rape. The results are summarized in Tables 1 and 2. Overall, the more severe forms of abuse outnumber the lesser ones in both surveys. And the reported perpetrators in both jails and prisons, as in juvenile detention, are more often staff than inmates.


    Nearly 62 percent of all reported incidents of staff sexual misconduct involved female staff and male inmates. Female staff were involved in 48 percent of staff-on-inmate abuse in which the inmates were unwilling participants. The rates at which female staff seem to abuse male inmates, in jails and in juvenile detention, clearly warrant further study. Of the women in jail, 3.7 percent reported inmate-on-inmate sexual abuse; 1.3 percent of men did. Does this mean that women are more likely to abuse each other behind bars than men, or that they're more willing to admit abuse? We don't know—but if they're simply more willing to admit abuse, then the BJS findings on men may have to be multiplied dramatically.


    In 1994, in Farmer v. Brennan, the Supreme Court angrily declared that "having stripped [inmates] of virtually every means of self-protection and foreclosed their access to outside aid, the government and its officials are not free to let the state of nature take its course." Rape, wrote Justice David Souter, is "simply not 'part of the penalty'" we impose in our society.[37] But for many hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children, whether they were convicted of felonies or misdemeanors or simply awaiting trial, it has been. Most often, their assailants have been the very agents of the government who were charged with protecting them.​

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