Monday, January 20, 2014

Joey Dauben, One Year Later


So its now been a year since a jury convicted Joey Dauben of 3 counts of sex with a minor, and the Judge decided to stagger his sentence giving him a 30 year prison term which really is staggering.  It was not the end of Joey's life, but it was the end of his online life as he and we knew it.  No doubt he has now had to adapt to the new reality of prison life.  He is still trying to work the appellate process, but in all reality he isn't going anywhere any time soon.

The conviction marked the sad end to a life that got off track.  Joey had lots of enthusiasm for local politics, and he would no doubt be having fun covering hotly contested local races this year.  He had a zest for that and frankly its something that more people need to do, it served a purpose in the community. But he learned that his biggest reactions to his stories came from those where he made the most outlandish claims.  He enjoyed the spotlight and for him to stay in it, he had to continue to state wild accusations against elected officials and community leaders.  He would do this all on hearsay, rumor, or in some cases...pretty much made the entire thing up by connecting his own dots.

Joey also started to hang out with the wrong crowd as he got a little too close to some dirty gypsy cops in Bardwell and Combine.  They corrupted him and helped push him more down the path of everything is a conspiracy.  Then he teamed up with the infamous John Margetis, a member of Lawless America, and the man who spends most of his time attacking judges and officials with extreme slander.  Joey liked the limelight that came with this, even though it was decidedly negative.

He then decided that he had cracked the decades old murder case of Amber Hagerman.  Even though his theories were dismissed by law enforcement, he crusaded on with his claims to having found the killer as well as an underground child sex ring.  This eventually evolved into him getting involved in family court/custody issues and is how he eventually crossed paths with Bill Windsor and Lawless, although his conviction came before they could ever really work together.  Once Joey was convicted of sex with a child, Bill dropped him and moved on.

Unlike Bill, Joey was truly likeable as a person, and I do believe he really did mean well, at least originally.  He wasn't trying to deceive people he just never learned that there are two sides to every story.  His zeal and arrogance caused him to libel many people.  Thats the main reason this blog ever started was a way to give his victims and others a chance to tell the other side of the story that Joey ignored.  Joey missed his sister's wedding this year, among other things.  I hope for the day where a responsible Joey can emerge, one who has learned that you must investigate to get all sides of a story before printing something.  But even more than that, as the name of this blog implies, I hope Joey can move on with his life and realize he can't fix all the worlds ills, and instead he needs to focus on his own problems.  That is what separates those like Bill and the Lawless crowd, from all the actual adults in society.  Superman is a fictional character.  The real supermen and women in life are the ones that handle their own lives and families.  They realize that for them to even make a minor change for the better in just their own community, they need to put down the bullhorn and get involved with their community and try and change it from within.  You may not end up in history textbooks for that 80 years from now, but you will live a life that actually did something about your world as you knew it, instead of just complaining about it.

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  1. That is a really good picture of Joey. Excellent conclusion, GS:

    "Superman is a fictional character. The real supermen and women in life are the ones that handle their own lives and families. They realize that for them to even make a minor change for the better in just their own community, they need to put down the bullhorn and get involved with their community and try and change it from within. You may not end up in history textbooks for that 80 years from now, but you will live a life that actually did something about your world as you knew it, instead of just complaining about it."

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  2. Nicely summarized Ginger, it's hard to believe it's been a year already. I hope Joey finds a purpose for his life. So many choices that could have changed things.

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  3. I think there are two main points here, one which I believe is the main point in this article- that when Joey started out on his blogging career, he had good intentions. He got mixed up with the wrong people, and found a sort of "high" from reporting bias, one sided, and sometimes completely false stories, because those were the one's that created the most feedback.

    The other part here, is the story behind the scene that many didn't know. That Joey kept hidden himself, which is why he's in jail now. There can't be any downplay of a jury conviction for this. I don't believe this article is meant to take away from the victim of this crime in any way, and I personally feel it's important to separate the two issues.

    Had Joey not gone off on the wrong path with regards to his blogging and reporting career, he'd more than likely still be in jail today for something entirely separate.

    Sometimes, when people get very vocal about one thing, there are other things behind the scenes that haven't been uncovered yet. It may take time, but eventually the truth always has a way of coming out.

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    1. Thank you, Ninja, very well stated.
      Ditto, Ginger's post.

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    2. yeah you are exactly right....the thing he was convicted of is hard for any of us to comment on as it was not part of his online life. In fact the incident goes back so far that some of those bad actors that came in his life came after the incident so in a way he may have known all along the path he was on.

      Joey was convicted in Ellis County, shortly before his sex conviction in Navarro County for the exact type of deeds that we were critical of. But it pales in comparison to the 30 years he received.

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    3. I find it interesting that Joey followed the same route that Windsor did, except Joey got caught faster. (re: reporting) Windsor has made some outrageous claims himself IMO.

      Unlike Joey, who followed or was lead down the wrong path, Windsor is the leader. So, with that, I feel he is far more guilty that Joey of promoting false stories.

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    4. right, I have zero doubt that Joey believed everything he said.....Bill knows full well that he is deceiving people but does it anyway

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    5. Wowzer! Does the blog owner really believe that the only way to change something is to think small? Was it some kind of joke to post that idea on MLK day?

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    6. "think small"....I don't remember uttering those words. MLK is actually a perfect example....he didn't just trot up there and give his I have a dream speech, he got involved a the local level and it eventually led to a nationwide level. He didn't start out with the bullhorn, but he was eventually given one when there were so many people they couldn't hear him. All these "advocates" pick up the bullhorn and start screaming, but there is no one around to listen. Thats the difference

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    7. I'd agree with the thoughts that Joey was hiding parts of himself from himself as well as the public. And, even in jail, he'll never really straighten out his life until he faces that.

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  4. I still wonder at the real reason Bill dropped Joey's "testimony". Bill bought into the corruptions stories given him by the murderers. Why not Joey? Joey's claims were every bit as good as the other corruption stories. Really even better, there were four counties of LE + Texas Rangers in Joey's conspiracy + 3 arrests.

    It's hard for me to believe Bill sees a difference between statutory rape and murder. Bill knew what the charges were against Joey when he filmed Presley, it didn't bother him then. He didn't vet anything, so he it's not like he had an epiphany where Joey was concerned. Seems like Joey's conviction was convenient for Bill, he didn't have to justify his falling out with Presley, et al, vs chasing down corruption.

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    1. Maybe he didn't want the competition. Joey reporting on Bill reporting. LOL could you imagine this now? If Joey was researching Bill? After Bill kicked his little Presley to the curb? I'd have to say, my bets would be with Joey on a winning story!

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    2. hahahahaha - that's a funny thought. Bill doesn't like what people posting are here, HA! Did he ever read any of Joey's stuff when he "exposed corruption"?

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    3. maybe Bil had thought about that, that might be why he wanted a retraction from Joey, even though Joey of course never got the chance to write about Bill. Then Bill tries to stir the pot, by mentioning the fact that people didn't like Joey, as if it would go in his favor, lmao.... -EB

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  5. Both Dauben and Windsor didn't care for facts, just stories. The difference is wheelie-dad's son was trying to set himself up a defense and perhaps make his dad proud, while Mr. French was searching for pies.

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  6. Sorry for the link Ginger but you have to see Marty's latest rant!!

    Http://tinyurl.com/MartyChronicles

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