2004 The Canadian Press
Fri, October 22, 2004
Hounded over her name?
MARK BONOKOSKI HAS COFFEE WITH THE WOMAN WHO SHOT HER HUSBAND
By MARK BONOKOSKI
IF INFAMY is allotted the same amount of time as the late Andy Warhol restricted to fame, then Christine Alexander has surely used up her 15 minutes. Yet, almost 10 years after her first brush with infamy, she still
wants to push that envelope.
"The whole story is still not out yet," she says, sitting in a Whitby coffee shop a short walk from the women's shelter where she has lately taken refuge. Shelters and fears of persecution have been constants in her life as of late -- if not a shelter, then a prison block or a jail cell -- and with "everyone out to get me," she says.
The clock on her infamy first began ticking in the town of Bowmanville back in November 1995, when Alexander was seen running from the bungalow where she had just shot her husband in the face.
Gunplay in a quiet town got her in the headlines, for sure, and also guaranteed that there would be a crush of reporters in the courtroom when her case came to trial. As Crown attorney Lisa Cameron laid it out for the jury, Christine Alexander was a jealous woman who stalked and assaulted her estranged husband, David
Alexander, and would confront him with knives and a gun during their marriage -- a violent relationship that ultimately ended when she shot him in the head, leaving him today with a rifle bullet lodged near his spinal
cord. "He remembers, as he was lying on the floor, seeing her holding the rifle barrel and swinging the handle at his head," the Crown told the jury. "She was saying, 'I'm sorry. I love you. But if I can't have you, nobody can.' "
The Crown sought 11 years in prison.
The defence asked for two years less a day.
In the end, Mr. Justice Alf Stong credited Alexander's two years of pre-trial custody as four years toward her sentence and then tacked on another year to be served.
Unsure whether her 15 minutes were up, Christine Alexander decided to made up time by suing the ex-husband she shot in the face for financial support.
That, too, earned her a few headlines.
"When I got out of jail he had taken both houses," she told the court.
"It was me who basically got us where we were financially. Now I have nothing."
Her ex-husband's lawyer, Peter Tetley, told the court that if Christine Alexander had had her way back when she was holding that rifle, his client would have paid with his life.
A few days ago, sitting in a coffee shop in Whitby, a short walk from the women's shelter where she now stays, 56-year-old Christine Alexander was asked about the outcome of her challenge for support payments.
"I got nothing. Not a cent," she says. "The judge said no money and that was that.
"It's nonsense," she says. "I'm happy. I'm finally away from the violence and the physical abuse. "What I want now is for the police to stop harassing and assaulting me, and the government to leave me alone," she says.
"Because I shot my husband, they now want to hound me the rest of my life."
In one letter to the editor, her ex-husband took umbrage at his wife being portrayed in the press as a victim and denied ever physically abusing her -- only "restraining her from time to time from hitting or coming at me,
sometimes with weapons of sorts."
He got his point across.
In the meantime, police in Oshawa and Whitby know of Christine Alexander.
Type her name into the system and a few eyecatchers appear -- "high risk for violence," prohibited from possessing firearms, probation for threatening death, and "possibly suicidal."
"Look at this," Alexander says, waving a warning letter from the ministry of community and social services that demands immediate attention to avoid losing her social assistance.
"Now they're cutting off my money," she says. "Would they be doing that if my name wasn't Christine Alexander? "Can't you see? They're hounding me to death."
Comment, it seems the media and feminist groups make too many excuses for violence on men and children and keep on ignoring the fact.
Oct. 3, 2004. 10:07 AM
Mother confesses to sex with sons... Had intercourse with 2 teenagers...Pleads guilty to incest charges
DIANNE WOOD TORSTAR NEWS SERVICE
Kitchener-A Kitchener woman has pleaded guilty to having sexual intercourse with her two teenage sons on separate occasions. The woman can't be named to protect the identities of her sons. She sobbed in Kitchener's Ontario Court on Friday as the two incest charges were read out and the facts given. The 35-year-old woman will be sentenced next month. Crown prosecutor Mark Poland said outside court that sentences for incest can range from house arrest to a prison term. He said such cases, involving mothers, are rare.
"We see it the other way around where the father's abusing the daughter way more frequently," Poland said. The court heard that the woman told a worker at an alcohol detoxification centre what she'd done after going there to deal with her alcoholism. Alcohol was involved in both incidents. Poland said after the woman split up with her husband, the boys lived with her. A few months later, she left them at her husband's doorstep with a note saying she couldn't take care of them.
After some time, she began visiting her sons at her ex-husband's home. This lasted for several years until her husband began to suspect she was drinking, and reduced the contact. From 2001 to 2003, there was almost no contact with the boys, court heard. Her ex-husband allowed contact to resume after the woman assured him she was no longer drinking. The boys began visiting the woman and her boyfriend at her home again this
During one visit on Jan. 30, the mother gave her sons alcohol, court heard. As the night wound on, everyone went to bed except the woman and one son. He and his mother began a conversation about his girlfriend, which turned to sexual matters. The two embraced, removed their clothes and sexual intercourse followed. The next day, they discussed what had happened, decided it was wrong and said it would not occur again. On March 12, the two boys were visiting their mother once more. Again, alcohol was provided.
Everyone went to bed except the second son. He was feeling drunk. His mother helped him downstairs to bed and started to tuck him in. He began playing with his mother's hair and they began a conversation about his social life. The teen told his mother he was having sexual fantasies about her. They embraced and had sex. The next day, the mother talked with the second boy and they decided it would never happen again.
Several days later, the woman relayed a message to her ex-husband to pick up the boys because she had to go into a detoxification clinic, where she admitted she'd had sex with her sons. Family and Children's Services were called and then police. The boys confirmed her story. The woman also pleaded guilty to breaching a court order not to contact her sons after her arrest. Kitchener-Waterloo Record
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2 women deny rape charges
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
NORTHAMPTON - Two women, one a Smith College student, pleaded innocent to rape and assault charges yesterday in connection with a sexual encounter that a prosecutor said started out consensual and turned into a rape involving handcuffs and knives. Northampton District Court Judge W. Michael Goggins set bail at $2,500 cash or $25,000 surety for Rachel Ann Klobertanz, 22, and Augusta Claire Kendall, 22, at their arraignments yesterday morning. Kendall was released on bail yesterday morning. The two appeared in court shackled and handcuffed, wearing jeans and hooded sweat shirts. Assistant District Attorney Susan J. Loehn said the 20-year-old victim, who is a Smith College student as is Kendall, met the two defendants in downtown Northampton and went to their 104 South St. apartment.
The woman went there voluntarily, despite the fact she had obtained a restraining order against Klobertanz in August, according to Loehn and police reports. The incidents took place Friday night into Saturday morning, police said. The three had "several bottles of champagne" and then went to a bedroom where the three engaged in consensual sex, according to Loehn and police reports. During the encounter, the victim was placed in handcuffs, although she did not remember how, police reports state. After Kendall slapped her face, the victim told the two she wanted to stop, police said. They refused, and Kendall cut her abdomen and other areas of her body with a knife and raped her while Klobertanz held her legs, police said. FULL STORY