Robert Chambers – Preppie Killer / Coke Dealer
CNN reports on the latest trouble for Robert Chambers. He was arrested last year for selling cocaine to a police officer, sentencing is this week. Back in 1986, he was practically a household name when he strangled Jennifer Levin in Central Park. His defense was based in part upon the claim that they’d engaged in consensual rough sex and she ended up dead. The autopsy report, however, didn’t lend credibility to the story. According to it, she had bruises and bite marks on her body. But, isn’t that what you get from rough sex? Why hasn’t he killed again? It makes me wonder if perhaps he was telling the truth.
News Chomp has a number of photos of Chambers and his new girlfriend. She doesn’t seem to have any bruises on her neck.
Wikipedia has a very unflattering description of Robert. There’s quite a bit of background, though, which made me wonder even more. As a kid, he couldn’t get along in school. He was thrown out of university for theft. He committed petty crimes and got into drugs and alcohol. Later in prison, same thing, he just couldn’t get along. He actually ended up doing his entire 15-year sentence, for getting in so much trouble on the inside. Once released, he went back to the drugs and alcohol.
To me, he doesn’t seem like a killer. He seems like an addict who’s never learned how to get along in society. What do you do with a guy like that? I don’t know. I don’t have an answer for that any more than I do for my claim that there are too many guns in the society.
Some of my friends accuse me of being too compassionate towards criminals. In this particular case I am compassionate because this guy is an alcoholic and drug addict who is going to do more time now for selling coke and resisting arrest than he did for killing somebody. Let me put it this way. Don’t you think Robert Chambers is in a different category than Michael Rodriguez and George Rivas who made up part of the Texas Seven? I certainly do.
Yet, despite my compassion for Robert, I stand with the family of the slain Jennifer Levin and I applaud their efforts on behalf of victims.
Ellen Levin became an activist for victims’ rights, helping to secure the passage of 13 pieces of legislation