Can you believe it? In less than twenty-four hours Austin Vantrease could be set free on parole! I just cannot see this happening. If asked, I’d have to believe there is no way in hell that would happen. Being in hell myself these past thirty-four months, I speak from authority. I’m a card-carrying member, with a right and privileges bestowed.
Yet, one thing about a hell, just as life, is it’s not fair.
If I had any money to bet, I’d put it all on Vantrease not getting out. I’d double-down, for sure. If the odds were a Vegas event, I’d expect a 99.5% chance of parole being denied. For one, he is a violent offender. The kicker — that half a percent — is prison overcrowding. Still, his status surely puts him at the end of the pecking order for early release. Right? Please tell me so.
Next, the letter writing campaign to the Parole Board clearly shows society sees him as a risk. A huge one, at that. My thanks to everyone who made their position known. In fact, it’s not too late to take part if you have access to a fax machine. It’s doable until 9:00am tomorrow morning when the hearing begins (at the Huttonsville Prison). It’s simple to do. Just copy, paste, and fax the template provided in the most popular (viewed) past post, Austin Vantrease Parole: We must Take Sides. Already did it? Maybe you could complete it for a spouse or family member and have them sign it? It’s that important to Ryan (and me). I can assure you, the Vantrease family and friends will be there in full-force. I know this is true, because someone familiar with them has told me so.
In this case, it’s us against them.
I have a simplistic stance on this. Just so I don’t get my ass sued (i.e., although the publicity would serve us well… and Vantrease, uh, not so well), it’s my opinion. I feel this is good versus evil at the basic level. It’s right against wrong. Justice standing up to injustice. The tormented, screaming at the top of our lungs, interfering with the tormentor. It’s an opportunity to do the right thing.
One more disclaimer: This post is entirely about the criminal aspect. It doesn’t have dick to do with the pending civil suit.
I know the media is quite interested in how everything goes down tomorrow and it will be reported on. I’ve already received requests for interview. If at all possible, given the remoteness of the prison and access to the internet, I will let you know when I first can. I promise. I owe this to you as loyal followers of Ryan. Without you, Ryan never had a chance.