Ask and you shall receive, even if what you're asking for is something disgusting like more information about Level Three sex offenders.
Starting back in 2010, this blog began to create "permanent public forum" blog postings about individual sex offenders, with two main purposes. First, I wanted to preserve photos of the offenders as their appearance changes. Maddeningly, the Department of Corrections website and sites like the Hennepin County Jail roster are not "crawled" by Googlebots and so a lot of offender information is not preserved unless this blog or others make a deliberate archiving effort.
So there's one thing. Historical preservation.
Secondly, and perhaps this was my primary purpose, I was hoping information about these offenders would begin to seep out of nooks and crannies as victims of the offenders and other interested parties ran their names through search engines and, through the magic of Google, ended up right here on this blog. Then, in a spirit of selfless civic citizenship, these citizens would start sending me PDFs of court documents and other detailed info that I could publish. The information would drop into my lap free and easy like low hanging fruit and I wouldn't have to spend hours, days, weeks at the courthouse digging up old records.
That second purpose hasn't worked out as well...
Except, that is to say, with a couple of these offenders. Dribs and drabs of information have arrived in regard to a few individuals, but it's not nearly the quality and quantity I had originally hoped. In light of the fact a tidal wave of Level Three sex offenders will soon be released to settle in our neighborhood (unless residents band together and do something about it) I am rethinking how to use social media in regard to this issue.
Clearly, just posting names and photos and asking for information isn't enough to be a game changer. Two years after that first "permanent public forum blog post," the message still needs to be heard, loud and clear, that any Level Three sex offender (those most likely to reoffend) who decides to make North Minneapolis his home will not be semi-anonymous and relatively unnoticed like things were at one time.
Indeed, I'd like to focus so much attention on the individual L3SOs concentrated in North Minneapolis that thoughts will start to swirl and coalesce in their dirty, deviant craniums, like so:
If I live in North Minneapolis, every nasty thing I ever did will be all over the internet at an unbelievable level of detail, including court documents. Hmmm. Maybe I don't want to live in North Minneapolis.
So I continue to wrestle with the question of how this public exposure process can take place in a time efficient manner without the entire focus of this blog becoming the L3SOs and, more importantly, how to get all that court information easily without having to spend an inordinate amount of time pursuing it while other blogging topics get pushed aside.
In the meantime, somebody sent me three photos of the ever changing appearance of John James Fulkerson. One of the photos I already had on my blog post in 2010, but two of the photos are new to me.
Click here for the first photo.
And click here for the second.
My source also sent me a word of encouragement, as follows:
Thank you for keeping this information posted. Don't doubt for a second that it could save any number of vulnerable parties from irrevocable harm.