There’s been a lot of talk about the book/movie, 50 Shades of Grey. But why isn’t anyone talking about the murders surrounding this phenomenon? We all want our books to be hugely successful– but at what cost? This has to be an absolute nightmare for E.L. James. To have your book be the basis of a murder plot is something no writer wants. But here we are.
In five minutes on Google I found three separate cases– and that’s just this week’s headlines. God only knows how many attacks have gone unreported or murders yet to be discovered.
This week a University of Illinois at Chicago student leader was charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old girl in what the Cook County prosecutor says is a 50 Shades of Grey re-enactment.
Mohammad Hossain, 19, stood shocked when the judge ordered bail in the amount of $500,000. And the judge was equally stunned to learn that Hossain was involved with several UIC leadership programs, a student ambassador and on the triathlon team.
The victim told police that she went to Hossain’s dorm room around 5:30 p.m. Saturday night. He told her to undress, which she did, but left on her bra and underwear. Hossain then bound the girl’s hands to the headboard with a belt. With another belt he bound her legs to the foot-board and stuck a tie in her mouth. Then he took a knit cap and pulled it over her eyes, blindfolding her. After he’d stripped off the rest of her clothes he began whipping her with a belt, punching her, abusing her in sadistic ways.
With her head shaking back and forth her muffled cries begged him to stop. She managed to break one hand free, but he held her arms behind her back and sexually assaulted her as she cried for help. If Hossain’s roommate hadn’t come home who knows if the girl would have lived through the abuse.
Hossain told the police the sex was consensual and they were re-enacting scenes from the movie, 50 Shades of Grey. Bulls#%t!
An unnamed 31-year-old Swedish man stands trial this week for killing his girlfriend while playing a 50 Shades of Grey sex game. The German woman was only 23 years old when she succumbed to her injuries after being struck 123 times with a blackboard pointer, her arms and legs bound with nylons and condoms.
She had only been in Sweden for ten days when she died.
Before her death she wrote in her diary that their sex was “getting too intense”. He was causing her “real physical pain”, never mind emotional. But that didn’t stop him. No, he was proud of the fact that he was “the master” and she was his “sex slave”.
The incident occurred in October, 2014, when, according to him, she stopped breathing while playing a violent sex game. Allegedly, the man attempted to revive her before the ambulance came. She spent two days in the hospital before doctors suspended life support. She died from brain damage due to her airways being constricted– like he’d shoved something down her throat, or, at the very least, stuffed something in her mouth.
I hope they lock him away for life!
46-year-old Marine Staff Sergeant, Louis Perez, lived in a rundown suburban home in North San Diego, California, with two woman, Dorothy Maraglino, 37, and Jessica Lynn Lopez, 25. Apparently, they lived a “kinky lifestyle”, according to the trio. Similar to 50 Shades of Grey, they were reportedly turned on by domination, submission, and sadomasochism. But when they imposed that lifestyle on an unwilling participant, Britney Killgore, 22, a Marine’s wife, they crossed a serious line.
Killgore had no idea that Perez lived this way when she accepted his invitation to a dinner cruise last April, and instead ended up in the “sex dungeon” at his home.
During a search of the home police found whips, knives, and sex toys in this dungeon, along with “sex slave rules” and a “slave contract”, as well as prescription drugs and various types of saws– I don’t even want to know what they used those for.
An autopsy revealed Killgore was strangled to death. It was also later confirmed that Killgore had filed divorce papers while her husband was in Afghanistan. I only mention this because it gives you an idea of why she accepted a dinner invitation while she was still married.
The Camp Pendleton Marine and two women, Dorothy Maraglino and Jessica Lynn Lopez, pleaded not guilty to murder. Good luck, sickos! Hope they throw the book at you!
Even actor, Jamie Dornan, who plays Christian Grey in the movie feared he would be murdered at the premiere.
“I almost don’t want to put this out there into the ether,” said the 32-year-old former Calvin Klein and Armani model, “but I fear I’ll get murdered, like John Lennon, by one of those mad fans at the premiere.”
Details magazine: “Because a lot of people are very angry that I’m playing this character. And I’m a father now, and a husband,” said Dornan, who replaced Charlie Hunnam as the sex-obsessed billionaire Christian Grey at the last-minute due to scheduling conflicts. “I don’t want to die yet.”
Perhaps understanding how out of touch his comments might sound, Dornan laughed them off, saying, “And when I do get murdered, people will say, ‘God, isn’t it haunting how he did that interview in Details magazine and predicted his own death on the red carpet?’”
As a crime writer I think up bizarre murders all day. Some days my mind is consumed by how to commit the “perfect murder” and get away with it– for my novels, of course. I can’t even imagine some psycho turning one of my books into an instructional manual for murder. When I created my giveaway, 50 Ways To Murder Your Fictional Characters, it was one of the first things that crossed my mind. You never know what could happen when your work crosses into the hands of a sick individual.
So let me ask you: Do we, as writers, have a responsibility to the public? What about free speech, artistic license? Should E.L. James comment or stay mute? I honestly don’t know the answers to these questions. But they’re something I think we all should take a minute to ponder.
Will I change the way I create? Probably not. But you can bet I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t end up in E.L. James’ situation. I suppose no one knows what they’d do until it happens. I’d like to think I’d speak out and not stay silent on the subject. But then, what do you say, I’m sorry? That would make little difference for the families of the victims. It’s an impossible situation with no correct answer.
What do you think about this?