The critical comments posted online concerning Councilman Anthony Coleman’s efforts to address the vagrant situation in Marietta exhibit a delusional view of “the homeless” as merely “good people down on their luck.” The reality is much more concerning.
As a criminal defense attorney, I encounter felons on a regular basis whose most recent crimes occurred in the area of MUST Ministries, where they were drawn by the good intentions of charitable people. Those crimes include at least a dozen murders. Some of the victims were vagrants themselves, but not all.
One of the victims was a police officer. Another victim was an elderly woman murdered in her home. Yet another was a middle-aged woman who was kidnapped, raped and driven to Kentucky, before her throat was cut.
All of the murder victims had one thing in common — the killers were drawn to the area by the prospect of “charity,” at MUST Ministries.
A nightclub in Marietta recently was shut down because of the ongoing criminal activity it drew to the city. Apparently, an immunity is afforded charitable activities by people with good intentions, lacking understanding.
J. Michael Treadaway
Treadaway & Treadaway