The kidnaper-rapist-murderer Ariel Castro hanged himself in prison yesterday. When asked earlier this summer by a judge after pleading guilty how good his English was, Castro replied that his comprehension was bad because “my addiction to pornography has really taken a toll on my mind.” I am not surprised. Lt. Detective Darrell Pope, commanding officer of the Michigan State Police Sex Crime Unit testified in 1987 before Congress that in 1977 he completed a study of 38,000 case histories of sex crimes and “found that 41 percent of those reports indicated that, in fact, pornographic materials were used just prior to or during the actual act” (source, p. 144-145). If you factor in the number of sex criminals who possess porn even if they didn’t use it prior or during the crime, the percentage approaches 100. The effects of porn should by now be obvious, resulting in enforcement of firm laws.

Meanwhile, the U.S. might follow the good example of a man in care-free socialist leftist Sweden:

Petter Stordalen, owner of Nordic Hotels, one of Scandinavia‚Äôs largest chains… after becoming involved in international efforts to fight the horrific practice of trafficking women and girls into sexual slavery, announced that pornography would no longer be offered to his customers.

Robert George reports on the Swedish story at Public Discourse, and reprises his joint-letter from last year calling for all hotel chains to stop selling porn. The CEOs of hotel corporations that sell porn should be forced to put a picture of their face on posters in hotel lobbies with a message: “Welcome to XYZ Hotel–I am proud to sell porn here if want it. Pleasant dreams.” Maybe once upon a time, “Ariel Castro slept here.” May God have mercy on all.