Sunday, March 31, 2013

THE CURIOUS DISAPPEARANCE OF WILLIAM WORLEY

August 9, 2010 in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent:

"An extensive search for a missing Carbondale man ended Saturday after four days of searching challenging terrain near Redstone, the small town south of Carbondale on Highway 133."



This past week I was out shopping for an ATV.  I was talking to one of the salesmen and the subject of Search and Rescue teams came up.  I mentioned the curious disappearance of Jack Gordon.  The salesman related a story of a friend of his who disappeared near Redstone in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado a couple of years ago.  Here is the story of William Worley.

Worley, 61, (originally identified as a Redstone resident) was reported missing Friday, July 30 [2010].  A search began Wednesday, Aug. 4, after his car was found at the East Creek trailhead near Redstone the prior evening.
Here is a Trails.com description of the East Creek Trail.
A challenging day hike to the Avalanche Creek divide or a backpack to Avalanche Creek. This little-known trail climbs high over the valley wall above the Crystal River to provide access into the Avalanche Creek drainage. Though steep and challenging, it rewards visitors with fine vistas of the high, granite peaks that make up the western end of the Elk Mountains.



The search soon focused on an area about of about two square miles, comprising extremely steep hillsides with very heavy vegetation.  No trace of Mr. Worley was ever found.

The man who told me about Mr. Worley was involved in the search and described the terrain as incredibly dense and steep.  He thought it very likely that Worley had slipped or fallen from the trail, down a steep hillside and was in such a location as to be undiscoverable.  Friends and authorities all seem to agree that foul play was not a consideration.  They do not consider it at all credible that he went off to "start another life" somewhere.  Worley was reportedly an experienced outdoorsman who hiked and cross country skiied frequently and knew the area very well.

Interestingly, after the initial four-day search was called off there was a hiatus of a couple weeks and then suddenly the search was re-started.  The renewed interest in the search was prompted by some heavy rains that resulted in mudslides in the hills above Redstone.  A water rescue team searched along a stretch of the Crystal River without any results. 

To this day a final determination has not been made in the case of William Worley.  Those close to the case consider it most likely that he is deceased, of accidental causes.  Anyone with information related to the disappearance of William Worley is encouraged to call the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office at (970) 920-5300.



R.I.P.
WILLIAM WORLEY
2010

Sunday, March 24, 2013

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

In the San Luis Valley, there are certainly wild creatures, some of whom have been known to prey on humans, at least occasionally, including lions, bears and even alligators.  This fine young mountain lion paid us a visit in 2009.


Pretty as this cat is however, even if a mountain lion had killed Jack, it would not have dragged his carcass very far afterwards, seeing as how Jack weight well over 200 pounds.  So, the mountain lion as culprit will have to remain in the "What if..." category.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

HOLDING STEADY IN THE RANKINGS

       Periodically, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation updates its list of the 100 Most Wanted Sex Offenders in Colorado.   The latest listing from November 2012 shows that Jack Gordon's former neighbor John Robert Fureigh is holding steady at #60.  He has not moved up or down in these latest rankings.  What does a felony sex offender have to do to get any recognition for his accomplishments around here?  You surely shouldn't have to kill someone.  Should you?  This is a travesty.



     Well, we're pulling for you John.  Maybe next year you can crack the top 50.  Number 42 with a bullet, as they say. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

COLORADO LEGISLATOR WANTS VICTIMS TO REMAIN VICTIMS

     Colorado State Senator Evie Hudak tells rape victim who desires to defend herself by legally carrying a concealed handgun on campus that statistics are not on her side.

Linked from Dana Loesch Radio:   I encourage you to listen to the whole thing and read Dana's post.

“I just want to say, statistics are not on your side, even if you had had a gun. You said that you were a martial arts student, I mean person, experience in taekwondo, and yet because this individual was so large and was able to overcome you even with your skills, and chances are that if you had had a gun, then he would have been able to get that from you and possibly use it against you …”

 Ms. Hudak goes on to stumble her way through a citation of statistics, saying
 
"The Colorado Coalition against Gun Violence said, 'for every one woman who used a handgun to kill someone in self-defense, 83 were murdered by them.'"


     I could not find a direct link to the "Colorado Coalition Against Gun Violence" or any publications by them, but I was able to track down the source of the "one to 83" statistic.  The Violence Policy Center in a post entitled A Deadly Myth Women, Handguns, and Self-Defense  reviews a series of FBI statistics from 1998, with the thrust being a comparison between the number of times a woman used a gun to kill an assailant and the number of times an assailant killed a woman.  When all assailants were considered the relationship was one assailant killed by a woman for every 302 women killed by an assailant.  

     When the assailant was an "intimate acquaintance" of the woman (boyfriend, husband, ex-), there was one assailant killed for every 83 women killed.  So, what does this so-called statistic tell us about the effectiveness of a woman carrying a firearm for self defense?  In isolation it tells us absolutely nothing, because there is nothing to compare to. 

I have two observations:

  1. If 83 women are killed for every one assailant, shouldn't we be arming MORE women, not FEWER?  I suspect that if we made that ratio more like, oh say, one to one, there would be a lot fewer assaults on women in general.  I say, "Give women a fighting chance."
  2. The cited statistic says nothing about how many times a woman successfully used a firearm to scare off an attacker or hold him at bay until help arrived.  Therefore, this statistic is meaningless when applied to an assessment of whether having a firearm is an effective self-defense strategy for a woman. 


     Why do we put the responsibility for passing sensible gun legislation in the hands of people who have no demonstrable understanding of 1) guns, 2) self-defense, 3) statistics or 4) the Constitution? (rhetorical question)

     It sounds like Colorado Democrat Senator Evie Hudak would rather that victims of violent crime subject themselves to the depradations of their assailant rather than stand up to them.  So ladies and gentlemen, I ask you- are you going to throw yourself on the mercy of a murderer, mugger, rapist?  Or are you going to stand up to them and say, "Not only no, but HELL NO!"  (and by 'them', I mean rapists, murderers AND legislators who seek to disarm law-abiding citizens preferentially over criminals.)


SHAME ON YOU MS. HUDAK.

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UPDATE (3/07/2013)  from The Denver Post  "Colorado Sen. Evie Hudak's concealed carry stats don't apply in case" by Ryan Parker (3/6/13- 05:43:30 MST)


Saturday, March 2, 2013