OVERSIZED, PSYCHOTIC, BULLY REPEATEDLY SLAMS SMALLER MAN'S HEAD INTO THE FLOOR UNTIL HE IS
DEAD, THEN REPEATEDLY LIES ABOUT IT, THEN IN AN EFFORT TO ESCAPE A CONVICTION, CO-OPTS HIS
MINOR SON TO COMMIT PERJURY ON HIS BEHALF, AND WINDS UP AVOIDING A CONVICTION COMMENSURATE
WITH HIS BRUTAL, SENSELESS, CRIME
by Judith Haney
USNEWSLINK/January 13, 2002
Is it just me, or did the sappy
headlines last week about "Hockey Dad", "Gentle Giant", "Hockey
Father", grate on anyone else's nerves like it did mine?
The way the brutal killing of Michael Costin by Thomas Junta was hawked by the nation's
media outlets made it sound like old "dad", the "hockey father" was
provoked into "killing" his son's hockey coach. News editors across the nation
made this story sound like it it was about "hockey" and "sports" and
"overly enthusiastic sports-minded" parents. What a crock!
Sometimes news organizations
for their own various reasons decide to downplay a story. They decide to soften a story's
content with an appealing edge in an effort to broaden appeal and readership. And what is
ultimately written may or may not pertain to the facts. So it was with the story about the
brutal killing of Michael Costin.
Instead of writing about the
harshness and cruelty of the punishment meted out by Junta to his smaller victim who
weighed half as much as he did, American news outlets turned this violent story into a
sociological theme about society's ills and the flaws and failings of sports-minded
Whatever happened to calling a
brute a brute, or a killer a killer? What is all this sappy redefinition of rageful,
revengeful, homicidal acts all about? If news editors think that reducing the 'heat' of a
story is what reporting is all about, they may need to find a less stressful line of work.
Because most, if not all the time, news is 'bad news'. It's full of horror and man's
inhumanity to man. And ethical reporters and editors have a DUTY to tell it like it is,
not gloss it over with platitudes and pronouncements about society's ills.
In testimony at his trial, 275-lb. Junta,
demonstrates how he murdered Michael Costin.
|Prior to murdering Costin, Junta
beat his wife in front of their kids and attacked a police officer.
Junta's wife, Michelle, was granted a restraining
order against her husband in 1991 when she alleged he beat her continuously in front of
their two children and another child. A court ordered Junta out of the couple's
Charlestown neighborhood apartment, and gave his wife temporary custody of the children.
In 1992, police arrested Junta on charges he punched a Boston police officer and ripped a
gold chain off his neck, according to court documents. Junta was not convicted the
case was continued without a finding after he admitted to sufficient facts but a
Boston Municipal Court judge ordered him to pay the officer $250 in restitution.
The facts of the case show that
Thomas Junta refused to stop beating Michael Costin until Costin was unconscious. The
facts of the case show that Junta killed Costin in cold blood in front of his son, and
Costin's son, and 10 other children, as well as several other onlookers. The facts show
that after he beat Costin into a state of unconsciousness, Junta simply walked out of the
hockey rink and drove home. He later said he thought the man he had just killed was simply
lying down on the floor with his eyes closed.
The facts show that Junta was a
crazed killer at the time he beat his victim to death. He wasn't a dad, a gentle giant, a
father, or anything else, he was a killer who decided to give another man a brutal,
deadly, beating. Junta had no regard for the consequences of his actions, he simply
carried out his crazed desire to beat Costin to a state of unconsciousness. That's what
happened, and for "most" of the nation's news outlets to redefine this crime as
something other than what it was provided no service, whatsoever, to the public.
The puny conviction Junta
received on the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter will allow this killer to get
out of prison in five years - OR LESS! This outcome really yanks my chain because in
my opinion this horrible excuse for a human being, a real creep in every sense of the
word, should be locked up, off the streets, for the rest of his homicidal, life.
And, to my friends over at the
Associated Press - how's that for telling the plain and simple facts absent any
embellishment about "motivations", about this particularly heinous story?