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Sunday school teacher kidnapped, raped and murdered an 8-year-old girl

Filed under: General — Vman @ 10:53 am Thu 16th April 2009

A California Sunday school teacher kidnapped, raped and murdered an 8-year-old girl and stuffed her body in a suitcase that was dumped in a pond just near her home, prosecutors alleged.

Melissa Huckaby, 28, was charged with murdering her daughter’s playmate, Sandra Cantu, in a gruesome crime that has shocked and terrified residents of Tracy, a Northern California city of about 78,000, east of San Francisco.

Huckaby, who volunteered as a Sunday school teacher at her grandfather’s Clover Road Baptist Church in Tracy, appeared in a San Joaquin County courtroom for her arraignment in a red jumpsuit and shackles. She trembled and cried as a judge read the charge: one count of murder with the special circumstances of rape with a foreign object, lewd or lascivious conduct with a child under 14 and murder in the course of a kidnapping.

The special circumstances mean Huckaby, if convicted, could face the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole. Prosecutors have said they have not decided whether to seek the death penalty.


  1. My God! A woman hurting a child. I thought the media reserved that for men only.

    Obviously not news from New Zealand then.

    Comment by Paul MacKay — Thu 16th April 2009 @ 10:59 am

  2. Men undoubtedly commit more sexual violence than do women. The domestic violence committed by men is more serious on average than that committed by women. However, some women commit sexual crimes, women commit a significant degree of serious domestic physical violence including murder, women probably commit more psychological and emotional violence than do men, and (for whatever reason) mothers are more likely to assault and to murder young children than are men. Yet we continue to see campaigns that imply only men ever commit violence and that women are only ever victims. And we hear spokespeople who should know better talk about domestic violence as if men are the only culprits. Just yesterday I heard Family Court lawyer Catriona MacLennan interviewed on National Radio’s Nine to Noon, where she repeatedly claimed that the solution to domestic violence was to provide more resources “to enable women to get away from violent partners”. I wrote the following, which I expect was routinely ignored by the feminist programmers:

    It is simply dishonest propaganda for Ms MacLennan to discuss domestic violence as if it is something that is only ever committed by men against women. Independent, valid research has shown the problem to be significant from both genders against each other.

    Protection order legislation in NZ contravenes fundamental human rights, and stricter enforcement of such legislation will cause greater human rights abuse. The rights to occupy one’s own home, to enjoy the possessions one’s own labour has earned, to be treated as innocent unless proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt, to raise one’s own children, and to hold one’s own political and philosophical beliefs, are all trashed under the Domestic Violence Act. Men (mainly) are thrown out of their homes on to the street on the basis of unevidenced allegations, are restricted from contact with their children even in the absence of any evidence they have ever caused a risk to those children, and are forced under threat of imprisonment to attend indoctrination centres dishonestly called “anger management” programmes. NZ is going down a very dangerous path.

    I encourage others to listen to the misandrist interview with MacLennan (whose income is clearly related to maintaining the prevailing feminist mythology) and to send some objection to National Radio about this. The interviewer showed totally inadequate journalistic standards by her failure to challenge the inaccurate picture being spouted by the lawyer. We cannot fairly criticize Fiji or Zimbabwe for state control of its media when our own publicly-funded radio station is allowed to operate as a feminist propaganda machine.

    Comment by Hans Laven — Thu 16th April 2009 @ 12:50 pm

  3. Hans
    NZ is a small country that follows the rest of the industrial world in laws and social conduct, the same things take place in every industrial nation
    When it comes to revenue, you can be sure that the state will ignore it’s own laws

    Comment by martin swash — Thu 16th April 2009 @ 9:08 pm

  4. Dear Hans,

    This is now a repeat of a similar Radio New Zealand Broadcast, aired again by Kathryn Ryan on Nine to Noon with Catriona Maclennan, solely without balance, perpetrating this propoganda.
    Benjamin Easton, (a person, still non gratis to this website) has taken this matter to its highest levels to date.
    He pulled up the Radio Station, complained to the BSA, filed Court Proceedings etc.
    The State within it review thus initial Judiciary have determined that it is fine for continuance of this propoganda.
    Applications are now in the Court for Judicial Review pending High Court involvement, to stop this from happening.
    However Benjamin gets little or no support from mainstream activity (perhaps he is to complex and profound thus errant for the activist majority).
    Extend to Ben your interest for information, if satisfied, Assist or Support, and if able, maybe a pledge of some finance would probably not go amiss.

    Bens contact details are:
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Tel:027 390 2169

    I would ask readers consider this matter carefully as it is cutting edge and needs to be a curtailed activity as Hans has now belatedly identified .
    However, “letters to the editor” didn’t work, matters are a little further down the track.

    Kindest Regards
    Paul Catton
    East Auckland Refuge for Men and Families
    (09) 271 3020

    Comment by Paul Catton — Thu 16th April 2009 @ 10:04 pm

  5. Hans,
    Thanks for the link.
    I listened for 3 minutes which is only a portion of the whole interview.
    At that point I tuned out as what was being said was so extreme and couched in
    such ludicrously grandiose fashion that it seemed well…….pathetic.
    Here were two midle aged fems sat in a studio in a country with the population of
    a small Asian or mid sized European city rattling off comments trying to sound important and authoritative. Yet within that brief space of time they achieved just the opposite.
    I also thought how many people are going to tune into this elitist twaddle?…..maybe a few at most.
    I agree it’s misandric and have faith that the common or garden Kiwi folks will see
    through the academic cowshit as quickly as I who was not at my sharpest being tired from a long stint of work at the time of listening. I imagine most Kiwis will be working extra hard to get the the current recession and will have very little patience for such poor me fem drivel.
    No doubt folks will do as I did to simply get the message through to Radio NZ that thier show is misguided politicizing femcrap – change channels and tell a friend why I did so.

    It’s yet another example of how the state of NZ hits men with taxation without representation.

    Comment by Skeptik — Thu 16th April 2009 @ 10:15 pm

  6. Personally I find Ben’s complaint to Broadcasting Standards Association and his subsequent court case just makes it impossible for us to get any male friendly input on National Radio. Prior to his complaint they would call me several times a year, nothing now. His attacks on Lisa Palmer(before her death)stuffed up a contact I was working on as well. Much public relations is about building contacts and Ben is not good at this. That is why he is persona non gratis even on sites like this or Pauls News.
    Ben is a solo “scrapper” (to use his own label) but unfortunately a lot of his efforts are directionless and negative to bigger pictures. Ben works largely as “a fathers coalition” of one.

    Comment by Allan Harvey — Fri 17th April 2009 @ 9:22 am

  7. At least he is fighting and doing something, many Fathers’ groups leaders are simply “Robespierres” of our revolution, and look what happened to him, Allan Harvey !

    Comment by secret societies — Fri 17th April 2009 @ 10:22 am

  8. My french history is not good and I know little about Robespierres other than he was a lawyer from a family of lawyers. Brittanica calls him a bright chap out of his depth in matters of experience. I would prefer you to have said whatever you mean rather than alude to history that few of us know.

    The good thing about Ben, Paul myself is we repect each other and our differences, we also don’t hide behind secret societies. There are few in the movement who show any leadership at all. Ben, myself, Viv and a few others know full well that revolution can lead to lonely Police cells, prison etc. They are often useful places to spent time thinking about our revolution and planning to think smarter and less self-destructively.
    Frankly I have no time for snide remarks made under a cloak of anominity.

    Comment by Allan Harvey — Fri 17th April 2009 @ 11:28 am

  9. It would be nice to get a breakdown of what Benjamin is doing in some areas. I find him hard to follow but I am interested in lawyers being held accountable for their work. (they are holding a lot of professions accountable now a days on a global scale)

    But not a long spiel, just the laws (perhaps) or precedents he is finding useful?

    Comment by julie — Fri 17th April 2009 @ 4:27 pm

  10. We are beyond measuring up men against each other.

    But if you are insecure, I know a prostitute who charges by the inch. She is too expensive for the men here but I think you might like her details for a cheap night out to get rid of your frustration.

    Let me know.

    Comment by julie — Fri 17th April 2009 @ 6:23 pm

  11. How would you know it would be a cheap night out for the guys who post here?
    And what frustration would be relieved by paying for yet another woman getting pleasured?

    Comment by Skeptik — Fri 17th April 2009 @ 8:12 pm

  12. Dear Julie,

    I currently have disposable income, hence my ability of continued philanthropy, but please do not forward contact details for any “lady of the night“.
    Hans has raised a most SERIOUS ISSUE.
    This issue is EXTREME, for if unchallenged, the State thus continues to endorse Publicly Funded Broadcasting Propoganda to further demonize wholesale “fatherhood” and the “Male” gender.

    Allan has replied with my perception of a somewhat negative viewpoint.

    I could also provide a somewhat negative commentary regarding UOF and their modus operandi, yet this would be my own personal viewpoint, and thus it then fractionates any collective stance that we need to adhere to, regardless of personal ideals.

    I have given finance and personal time as a contribution to furthering UOF, and willingly would do so again irrespective of my perspective of UOF strategy.

    Bens strategy, my own, likewise UOF and many other MRA advocates will differ in approach, each needs to fully commit and endorse support to each other to finalise a reach of goal.

    Secret Societies has acknowledged a respect in part, that Benjamin is perhap forced into cage fighting against an unjust system deserves.
    Your attempt at being jocular diminishes the message that Hans delivered.

    Please let us refocus back to the issue at hand.

    I remain always in kindest regards

    Paul Catton
    East Auckland Refuge for Men and Families
    (09) 271 3020

    Comment by Paul Catton — Fri 17th April 2009 @ 8:35 pm

  13. OK, Skeptic and Paul, you are both working too hard.

    You didn’t get the joke/sarcasm.

    secret societies says,

    At least he is fighting and doing something, many Fathers’ groups leaders are simply “Robespierres” of our revolution, and look what happened to him, Allan Harvey !

    He challenges the men on this site as had been done god knows how many times since I have been here.

    So I say,

    But if you are insecure, I know a prostitute who charges by the inch. She is too expensive for the men here but I think you might like her details for a cheap night out to get rid of your frustration.

    Don’t you get it? Men here are much bigger than him.

    And Paul, know that feminism is now promoting prostitution as an empowerment of women.

    What a fucked up dirty trick to get women on board as feminists.

    Comment by julie — Fri 17th April 2009 @ 9:01 pm

  14. Edit: Not my place to say. (smile)

    Comment by julie — Fri 17th April 2009 @ 9:13 pm

  15. Dear Julie and Ors.

    I am not working too hard at all.

    Please refocus back to the “Post” by Dave.

    Doctrine and selective media reporting dictated for support of the “State” is thrust upon us all, and it reinforces on a national basis that men commit all perpertrations of D.V, yet when confronted with reality maintain minimisation of any female contribution to any incident.
    Hans giving an analogy and providing fact that the State is conducting and supplementing activity towards this stance being a “Publicy Funded State Radio Station” that solely propegates this myth of “Male Perpertrator – Female Victim” is not quite true
    Let us not get distracted by personality or preference, neither seek complacency.

    Julie, you have quoted from many sources, your readership includes “Angry Harry””Glenn Sacks” etc…

    You are an able commentary and your previous that changes are going to eventuate for the betterment of men.
    You are more than a credit, however, levitity is best served elswhere on such issue.
    I repeat:

    Hans has raised a most SERIOUS ISSUE.
    This issue is EXTREME, for if unchallenged, the State thus continues to endorse Publicly Funded Broadcasting Propoganda to further demonize wholesale “fatherhood” and the “Male” gender.

    I always remain in kindest regards to all.

    Paul Catton
    East Auckland Refuge for Men and Families
    (09) 271 3020

    Comment by Paul Catton — Fri 17th April 2009 @ 10:31 pm

  16. Sorry Paul. I will stand back while you are able to give and support where I can.

    Comment by julie — Fri 17th April 2009 @ 10:45 pm

  17. Oh that’s OK then Julie.
    Thanks for clearing that up.
    Jeepers, awefully sorry I forgot it’s OK to take cheap shots at guys who aren’t contributing to MENZ with postings imagining them as small dicks.
    Interesting that you equate dick size with confidence too.

    While we’re at it we could also start a thread taking the piss out of women with lardy arses and saggy tits.
    We could start another on blondes, and another on paraplegics.
    We could pithily call it “How to alienate folks in two sentences”
    It’ll really bring folks into the MRA fold eh?

    Comment by Skeptik — Fri 17th April 2009 @ 11:17 pm

  18. Dear Skeptik,

    Focus, Focus and again Focus, taking a cheap shot at Julie achieves no gain.
    Except for childish type of schoolyard rebuke.
    Matters within this field are serious, I do not hide behind any anonymity, and am forthright with what I feel should be said, sometimes with endorsement.
    The energy and passion that you have displayed within this forum along with your intellect is better suited to be utilised by proactively supporting Allan, (if you are not Allan?), or Benjamin. (if you are not Benjamin?) or by Jim Bagnall / Jim Bailey / Julie and /or a great many others.

    Many words of wisdom espouse from your writing, do not let it go to waste by pettiness.

    Kind Regards

    Paul Catton
    East Auckland Refuge for Men and Families
    (09)271 3020

    Comment by Paul Catton — Sat 18th April 2009 @ 12:01 am

  19. Point taken.

    Comment by julie — Sat 18th April 2009 @ 12:17 am

  20. Hi Paul. Ben’s challenge will no doubt draw RNZ’s attention to some of the issues we’re concerned about but they will probably retrench against men in the short term unless censured by the Court. Unfortunately, I have yet to see Ben achieve anything significant for the movement except ridicule. Also, he has fallen out with others and has been banned from several internet groups not because he is complex or profound but because he has refused to keep to rules or to respect others’ wishes, and when challenged he has refused to admit wrongdoing or to make assurances about his future behaviour. I wish him well in the current case but at this stage I don’t have enough confidence in his approach to provide direct support.
    Regards, Hans

    Comment by Hans Laven — Sun 19th April 2009 @ 1:12 am

  21. I object to this weird reply. Perhaps it was meant to be humourous but I find it offensive and I think it amounts to a personal attack through sarcasm. Hans

    Comment by Hans Laven — Sun 19th April 2009 @ 1:19 am

  22. Ben Easton’s public comments have no impact because Ben Eastons comments cannot be understood.

    I make no comment about the man- I think his heart is in the right place, however he needs to learn to write.

    His writing is similar to the “stream of thought” technique- stating nowhere and finishing nowhere and achieveing nothing. It also is too prone to contain personal insults to the reader, typically implying that the reader is too stupid to understand.

    If Ben could learn to write- learn the steps of afocussing on the reader,

    Comment by John Brett — Sun 19th April 2009 @ 10:15 am

  23. A woman cut open another pregnant woman’s belly and took the (almost) full term baby to hospital claiming it as her own. A separate but similar case occurred in California recently. I wont bother repeating it all since I think people have got the picture. of course there are daily cases like this one as well.

    In the US people are starting to wise up. Have a look at

    In NZ child abuse by women is the norm. Yet there isn’t a single resource allocated to this standard part of NZ society.

    Of course this is the outcome we can expect for our children.

    Comment by Dave — Mon 20th April 2009 @ 7:58 pm

  24. In the USA, according to the Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Children, Youth and Families, 62.3% of child abuse perpetrators and 62.8% of child homicide perpetrators are women. And the lower the child’s age, the more likely it is that his/her abuser/killer is female.

    Comment by Dave — Mon 20th April 2009 @ 8:01 pm

  25. What the DV industry does is that is ignores the threats to children and focuses on threats to women. However it then presents this as threats to women and children.

    My suggestion is that we highlight the threats of women and their boy friends to children.

    Comment by Dave — Mon 20th April 2009 @ 8:02 pm

  26. From today:
    A former US school teacher has been convicted of abducting a 10-year-old student and raping him and his 15-year-old brother.

    Judge D. Gary Steiner convicted 33-year-old Jennifer Leigh Rice in Pierce County Superior Court, Oregon, of first-degree kidnapping with sexual motivation, first-degree child molesting and two counts of third-degree child rape.

    Facing more than 25 years in prison, Rice remains in jail pending sentencing on June 5.

    The judge found that Rice took a 10-year-old student she taught in her first year at McKinley Elementary School from his home in Tacoma, drove more than 100 miles and had sex with him at a rest area on Interstate 90 on Aug. 11, 2007. She was also convicted of having sex with his 15-year-old brother the previous month.

    According to court records, the boys’ father told investigators that Rice showered his younger son with attention until about July 2007, when she was told to stop coming to the house.

    After her arrest, Rice said she’d had sex with the boy four or five times previously, including once when she sneaked into his house while his parents were asleep, according to a police affidavit.

    No details on her relationship with the older boy were provided except that he was not one of her students.

    The News Tribune of Tacoma reported previously that Rice resigned from earlier jobs teaching Spanish at Spanaway Lake High in the suburban Bethel School District and as a second-grade teacher at Southworth Elementary in Yelm, between Tacoma and Olympia, both when her professional judgment was questioned after a year on the job.

    The high school job was in 1998-99 and the grade school job was in 2005-06. It was not immediately clear what Rice did between those two jobs.

    Bethel spokesman Mark Wenzel said she left in 1999 after administrators became concerned about unspecified procedural matters that were not “egregious” involving an after-school Spanish club.

    Former Yelm Superintendent Alan M. Burke said Rice quit in 2006 after learning her contract would not be renewed because of concerns about classroom management, relationships with colleagues and disciplinary issues, including a report that she let some members of an after-school Spanish club vote on whether other members should stay in the club.

    “We don’t generally allow students to vote other students off the island,” Burke said.

    Six months after taking the job at McKinley, Rice was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into reports of inappropriate socializing with students outside school hours, Tacoma schools spokeswoman Leanna Albrecht said.

    Investigators found no evidence of sexual misconduct, but because of other unspecified findings her contract was allowed to lapse at the end of the year, Albrecht said.

    Comment by Dave — Tue 21st April 2009 @ 4:28 pm

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