Austin Vantrease is a monster to me. How could I feel otherwise about a violent felon that kicked the existence out of my son? Turns out he’s a scumbag too. An all-around bad person… to the core. One who is not able to control impulses. One who doesn’t consider the consequences of actions.
Sex, Drugs, and Shoes…
Why do I think this way about him? Well, he deserves it and I’ll tell you why I believe so.
Amazingly, Vantrease can’t seem to control himself in any situation. Even while under the strictest of supervision. In other words, he continued to misbehave while in prison. At the parole hearing we learned that Vantrease got his ass in hot water at least four times… just this calendar year (since January)!
The Parole Board specifically grilled him on three of these (but made no mention of the fourth):
- Sex. Pornography is strictly forbidden in prison. This didn’t stop Vantrease! He was caught red-handed. No word on what the other hand was up to. A female guard actually caught him in the act. When she asked him to turn it over do you know what he did? He ripped it up because he was “afraid of being caught”. Isn’t this reaction so typical of him? I’m guessing that since he neither had a dumpster to hide behind (like he did after beating my son) nor could run to his mommy that he thought tearing up his paper boyfriend/girlfriend was his way out of it.
- Drugs. Drugs are strictly forbidden in prison. This didn’t stop Vantrease! When his cell was searched the guards found several “white pills” (one was cut in half). At first I wondered (and considered asking) what these drugs where, but decided it really didn’t matter. Let’s face it, unless he’s a complete idiot, I seriously doubt he’d be hiding something like aspirin or ibuprofen; since those are readily available to him from the infirmary.
- Shoes. Throwing an object from a cell is strictly forbidden in prison. Throwing them toward a guard is worse. This didn’t stop Vantrease! It seems a guard didn’t take to kindly to a shoe flying out of Vantrease’s cell at him. Vantrease called his shoe-throwing behavior as “horsing-around”.
Here’s what I just can’t reconcile when it comes to punishment and justice: Any one of these infractions would be cause to send him back to prison — to complete his full 10 year sentence — while he is free on parole, but not so to keep him in. Why is this so? No one should blame the Parole Board since, by the time they learned of these violations, it was too late. This needed action when it happened; under the Warden’s discretion, I’d surmise.
My Way of Thinking…
Is there anyone who still doubts that Austin Vantrease simply is unable to control his impulses? Even when his freedom is a stake! He lacks both hindsight and foresight. He is oblivious to the consequences of his actions.
As for pornography, personally I’m not opposed to it. Except when it crosses the line (e.g., children, animals, rape, etc.), that is. That’s not my point when it comes to Vantrease either. What concerns me is that he continues to willingly risk so much… for so little. Years of freedom were at stake for him to satisfy a momentary impulse. A sexual impulse as it were, which is extremely alarming!
When I see someone — who has everything to lose — continue to engage in self-destructive behavior, am I wrong in assuming a deeper psychological issue?
Aren’t these the exact signs of what psychologists call “narcissism,” perhaps? The exact Narcissistic sub-classification is more difficult to define, given the breadth, but I’d think it’d fall in — and among — these four: situational narcissism, aggressive narcissism, sexual narcissism, or destructive narcissism.
Isn’t this the same behavior observed from those who believe they are above the rules? As for Vantrease, clearly he should know that what he’s doing is wrong. Hell, he’s been busted before… as I’ll explain in a bit. Maybe that just makes it even more exciting? Many say it’s comparable to a drug addict or gambler who keeps escalating their activity. Basically, the greater the risk, the greater the reward.
I’m not sure if I ever shared another of his violations that occurred earlier in his incarceration. This is the one I referred to earlier where he was busted. As I recall, it happened before his transfer from the local jails into the prison system. So, that means it was sometime in the first two years. That makes sense too because female inmates were at the same facility. I’m not clear on the exact details, but his behavior toward them concerned a guard enough to formally document it.
To me, it’s not much of a reach to act on this impulse in a more destructive way. Especially when free on parole. I, for one, would be telling my daughter to keep plenty of distance. Be clear, I am not calling anyone a sexual predator, but that way of thinking should be concerning to all of us. Especially given this type of violent character.
Now that I think of it, the same behavior fits this pattern when it comes to the drugs and shoe-throwing… and kicking an unresponsive person in the head, for that matter.
Then again, maybe I’m over-thinking it.
Perhaps he’s just a dick?
For now, I just have one thing to say, Welcome to society, Scumbag!