Alycia Nipp Did Not Have To Die

by lewwaters


UPDATE: Alycia’s Godmother, mother, aunt and others, have a facebook page up now, Mothers Against Sex Crimes and a MySpace page, MASC – Mothers Against Sex Crimes. Please lend your support to the struggle to keep these predators off of our streets.

Clark County, especially the Hazel Dell neighborhood I reside in, was shocked to wake up Sunday morning, February 22 and hear of the brutal murder of 13 year-old Alycia Nipp, allegedly at the hands of convicted level III sex offender Darrin Eugene Sanford, who has since confessed to the brutal murder, the GPS tracking device on his ankle placing him the vicinity of the crime at the time of the crime.

I do not know either family personally, but live nearby and drive by the home where young Alycia lives and the field her murdered body was discovered in almost daily on my way to work. That makes this senseless murder of a young innocent person more personal to me.

What disturbs me the most about this is hearing that other “transient” sex offenders freely roam the neighborhood and sleep in some of the boarded up, abandoned and condemned homes in the neighborhood, presumably also wearing Court mandated GPS ankle tracking devices, as was Sanford.

Three years ago, a law was being considered across America and passed by many states. Jessica’s Law, named after Jessica Lunsford, another young girl murdered by a sex offender in Florida. At the time I said the proposed law was a step in the right direction, but did not go far enough.

Wearing an ankle bracelet, even a GPS tracking device, accomplishes little, other than placing a criminal at the scene, after the crime has been committed. In this case, a young girl lost her life because a known sex offender was allowed to roam her neighborhood, while someone somewhere else may be watching the whereabouts of the offender, delayed by satellite and having no idea what that person was doing at the moment.

A victim is dead before the authorities even know a crime has been committed and the best that can be done is to link a criminal to the crime by placing them in the vicinity at the time of the crime.

But, an innocent 13 year-old girl is still dead!

A trial must be and will be held, undoubtedly with some slip and fall attorney looking for a reason to free the accused. GPS records most likely will be challenged and a grieving family will be forced to face the possibility of their child’s murderer going free again.

If the evidence is strong that may not happen, but who knows in today’s world.

Already, news reporters are pointing out that Sanford was an “abused child.” So What? Many are abused. And I mean real abuse and do not head down the road of predator and sex crimes, abducting and killing our children.

I agree with Alycia’s aunt, Amber Hager who said.

I want to see him sentenced to death, honestly. I think, he took a life and for that he deserves to give a life, his life.”

It’s too late to save Alycia, sadly, but we need to learn from this. Predators like Sanford do not belong on the streets, roaming about neighborhoods where children live. Our children are worth much more than these cretins who threw their lives away by acting on impulses instead of seeking help from medical people or clergy or anybody who can tell them how wrong they are.

As far as I’m concerned, level III sex offenders, those who will most likely strike again, should never be released back into society. Yes, it is expensive to house them, too expensive in fact. They do not deserve the care we would provide them for life.

Devil’s Island comes to my mind, a desolate place they could be placed and kept away from societies children. Give them seeds, farm implements and a one-way boat ride. Ship them water occasionally if the Island has none, but otherwise, they receive no contact with others who choose not to contact them.

More controversial is swiftly carrying out the death penalty on those who kill. There is no reason that one who is convicted beyond any shadow of doubt should remain in prison awaiting death for 20 to 25 years, while slip and fall attorneys try every legal maneuver they can dream up to free them or “spare their life.”

Bleeding hearts will say that killing predators will not deter others. That is an arguable claim with both sides giving supportive evidence.

But, one fact is certain. Executing them prevents any possibility of some slick attorney gaining their freedom one day and another 13 year-old being beaten and stabbed to death in an empty field!

Our children deserve better than to be preyed upon by these predators that bleeding hearts feel such sorrow for.

My heart breaks for Alycia’s family. I feel anguish for Sanford’s family. There is no guilt in any of this crime except for the one who preyed on an innocent 13 year-old and left her to die after beating and stabbing her in that field.

That person should forfeit his own life.

Society must do better than to strap a GPS tracking device on predatory criminals. Our children deserve to be able to go outside without fear and be allowed to grow into adults without being randomly attacked.

Alycia Nipp Did Not Have To Die. Society failed to protect her and we must do better.

UPDATE: Visit and on the left is a block where you can enter your zip code and be given email access to all of your Representatives, State and Local. Contact them and demand they take action to deal stronger with these vermin. If they are not willing to, we must vote them out next election! Our children deserve protection!

See also Isn’t One Murdered Child Enough?

28 Responses to “Alycia Nipp Did Not Have To Die”

  1. Lew,

    Thank you for posting this. I found out about this horrific event yesterday afternoon from my wife. As parents of two young children who live in Hazel Dell less than two miles from where this happened, we were shocked.

    Reading the news stories brought more of the shocking details you refer to. There’s a population of people squatting around that field? Homeless sex offenders are numerous? I read a quote from another “homeless” man there saying how he hoped the incident wouldn’t make people associate the crime with the other homeless around there. Sorry pal, I’m not giving the benefit of the doubt to people who may or may not be homicidal or otherwise criminally inclined. If you can’t assume the most basic normal responsibilities, people are right to regard you with suspicion.

    Some other bloggers I follow, notably Kathy Shaidle in Toronto and Robert Stacy McCain in Washington, D.C., have recently been commenting on violent crimes committed by transients. I alerted Stacy McCain and he has written a post about this one, with links to the earlier posts demonstrating the widespread problem of criminal bums.

    As a Vancouver resident, you might be interested to know that another stabbing was attributed to a “homeless” man a couple of weeks ago. The crime occurred on Jan. 27 on Northeast 57th Avenue near Fourth Plain Boulevard at about 10:20 p.m., according to the story linked.

  2. By the way, I would be very happy to collaborate with other Hazel Dell residents to insist the police deal with this squatter problem.

    What you said about the GPS device is spot-on. Serious sex offenders cannot be allowed to roam around freely. As for the rest of the “homeless,” I don’t object to charitable efforts to give them shelter, but they should not be permitted to squat, either from the perspective of trespassing or the public safety hazard and hygiene concerns that their presence creates.

    If they can’t get with the program and behave with respect to the community, they deserve no respect themselves. It’s their decision. I’m against mistreating them, but I am strongly in favor of clearing them out and believe it’s the police’s responsibility to do so.

  3. Idler, I have contacted every single Democrat and Republican in the legislture from our area. Click the link above and you can contact them easier too.

    I am tired of the coddling of criminals while our children end up paying the price for the bleeding hearts.

    We all need to, we must raise hell with Olympia and demand they get tough with these repeat offenders who they know will not change.

    Expressions like those from a Washington County Dept. of Corrections worker are unacceptable, “We can’t hold their hand seven days a week, 24 hours a day. And these things, as tragic as they are, do happen.”

    Murder does not “just happen.” Alycia did not have to die, no child had to die. Bleeding hearts have caused our children to be failed and I say enough is enough.

    Our children are mush more important than any “rights” a level III sex offender may have.

  4. I cannot agree with you more. Barring the death penalty they should all be locked up on some penal colony somewhere left to fend for themselves.

    I too visit that area on a weekly basis with a youth group consisting of several young girls. This tragic murder has been a hot topic with the girls and unhappily an object lesson on why we do not hang around outside the building before, during or after meetings.

    “Our children are worth much more than these cretins who threw their lives away by acting on impulses instead of seeking help from medical people or clergy or anybody who can tell them how wrong they are.”

    The awful truth is that even if these animals are identified earlier in life the chances of them receiving worthwhile help are slim and none. The mental health service’s available most places like Washington State seem to have a “least restrictive treatment” policy. Sometime’s I wish the “institutions” had never been closed down. And with new surveillance technologies they don’t have to be the hellish places they once were.

  5. Expressions like those from a Washington County Dept. of Corrections worker are unacceptable, “We can’t hold their hand seven days a week, 24 hours a day. And these things, as tragic as they are, do happen.”

    My feelings exactly. This is not the speech of a responsible official. If you can’t do it, why shouldn’t we find somebody who can, and you can get another job.

  6. I have a question on the enforcement side (a little off-topic), if anyone can help.

    Clark County deputies questioned Sanford soon after the murder, but let him go on his way. Some time later, he was even interviewed by KGW-TV news. He was on his bicycle, with a bandaged hand.

    If the GPS data showed that Sanford was in the field on Saturday evening, why was he allowed to roam off by himself after the police questioned him? We’re lucky he got on his bicycle, instead of on a train to Vancouver, BC!

    Was the GPS data not immediately available to the police? If so, why not?

    There are a number of strange things about the enforcement side of this case, things that at least at first made me wonder if they even had the right guy. But the catch-and-release thing is the strangest…

  7. The account of the murder is equivocal too. We only have the word of the confessed killer, but his account has internal inconsistencies. He says he “beat” her, but she died of stab wounds. Also, he reports that she laughed at him. Truth is stranger than fiction, of course, but it seems odd that this seventh-grader could have found anything to laugh about during an attempted rape.

    Not sure whether these speculations are worth anything at this point, though they might suggest the possibility that the killer didn’t act alone.

    The concerns Michael raises are of course germane to the question of how police act with other offenders.

  8. Michael, I don’t have anything but my assumptions on that, but as i understand it, GPS tracking is subject to a 5 minute delay during “live tracking.”

    I also can imagine it took some time to access records of his movements from a few days earlier and translate those records into his whereabouts.

    Only my guesses here.

    As far as I’m concerned, none of the level III sex predators should be allowed to freely roam about. Much has to be done to prevent another murder as this.

    I have contacted all of the Clark County’s legislators and still await replies. So far, only Ed Orcutt and Don benton show much interest in pursuing this matter.

    I hope that is only because of the time I sent emails yesterday and they haven’t had time to reply or look into it.

    Partisanship must be put aside on this one and Protect Our Children First

  9. Anthony, I take Sanford’s “excuses” with a large grain of salt. He alomst sounds to be blaming her for this brutal act.

    His account does not add up to me in that he almost seems to be insinuating it was consensual until she “giggled” and he lost control.

    At least that is how the media has made it sound to me.

    I’m sure there is evidence kept from the public that won’t come out until his trial.

    But, there is absolutely no way I can accept Sanford’s “cleaned up” version of what and why.

  10. Fair enough, Lew. The notion that this shifted blame was expressed in one of the stories, I believe. Obviously even in this “sanitized” account, Sanford still emerges as a deeply depraved specimen.

    My burning interest remains clearing out that rat’s nest of squatters. At the very least, the police should form regular patrols and identify who is there. If any are sex offendors, we should know about it. I’m just glad I don’t live closer.

  11. Anthony, I’m within a quarter mile of this field, maybe closer as the crow flies. I agree, they must be cleaned out.

    Whatever happened to Vagrancy Laws? Why were they tied to sodomy laws and repealed in 1975?

    We can provide help for the deserving homeless and treat them humanely, but squatters that may contain repeat sex offenders have to go!

    But ultimately, we all must DEMAND legislation that actually does protect our children first and worry about sex offenders rights second.

  12. With you on that, Lew.

    I’m just west of Hazel Dell by the Safeway. Not as close as you, if I understand the location (basically somewhere behind the Hazel Dell brewpub), but not exactly a far walk for a sex offender with time on his hands.

  13. The field is closer to the Goodwill on 78th St., near where the old Drivers License office was. So, your estimation is close enough.

    I live just North and East, down 88th St. It is just too close.

    Reading today’s Columbian I see another repeat sex offender was sentenced to 12 years, the “maximum” allowable, for molesting children again.

    Two schools warned students and their parents of attempts to lure children into cars. All in todays paper (on their website) and since this murder.

    We have to pressure the legislature to face this and act upon it.

    First order might be to find out who and why Benton’s 2006 bill to strengthen laws on sex predators was allowed died in the Judiciary Committee.

  14. It’s nice to see one of these monsters put away for 12 years (whatever that is likely to actually come to in the end), but these creeps should be put away for good, given their well-known rate of recidivism.

    We need to distinguish between types of offense, but any adult who has already molested children and is caught again should be permanently incarcerated.

    Either that or surgical castration, paid by the offender, should be a condition of release.

    It would be interesting to find out precisely why the 2006 bill died.

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  17. Alycia was my best friend she always put a smile on ky face at school she would run at me and i would catch her like i was rocking a baby. She was so light and skinny she died a few weeks before my birthday she would tell me every time i brought up the subject Im going right right and I would always say yes but since she died weeks before my birthday I decided not to have but instead go to California I’m only 13 but I went anyway by myself stayed with my aunt and 2 days after I got there her father in law died so it wasn’t the best but never deserved to die but many people don’t deserve to die ether the last words I said to her were that I loved her and I’m glad I did say those three important word because I didn’t know what would happen the next day but her killer deserves to die I don’t care what anyone says but he deserves to die.

  18. Sorry about some of it not makeing since

  19. Lizzy, don’t worry about not making much sense. There is nothing sensical about this, especially that we cannot get stronger laws to keep these specific types away from you kids.

    We adults cannot make any sense of this either, so how do we expect 13 year olds to?

    Keep yourselves safe and listen to your parents, please. Perhaps have them join us in demanding tougher laws to protect you kids and keep scum like Alycia’s killer away from our neighborhoods.

    Above all, don’t be in a hurry to grow up. Enjoy being a kid for as long as you can.

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