Case Update: Open Letter to Damien Starrett

Ares on his first birthday; November 16, 2019.
(Global News)

Damien,

It has come to my attention that you have read and disapprove of my blog posts about Ares and your involvement in the case.

I want to mention that I’m not hiding behind anonymity; my name and picture are on the blog’s About page, and I interact with readers, the families of victims, and other people all the time. I don’t go out of my way to publish my last name, mainly for my family’s protection, but it’s not classified information.

You mentioned that you could tell from my language that I’m not a professional. That is correct; I’m just some human with a blog, a podcast, a snarky sense of humor, a interest in true crime, a penchant for writing, a deeply ingrained sense of justice, a love for children, and a dream. It’s true; I often make my feelings known through my work, but that’s only because I feel strongly about the kids whose stories I cover.

I didn’t go through all of your posts to cherry-pick segments that would make you look bad; I posted screenshots that were sent to me. It’s very possible I missed some context in doing so. For the record, I had nothing to do with any of your posts being deleted or reported.

Yesterday’s post came about because, based on what I read, saw, and was told, it appeared that your behavior was inappropriate, but again, I’m only writing what I see, read, and hear. I’m certain there is more information than I’ve reported, but if I had that information, I would indeed report it. For example, I don’t have access to your bail hearing transcript or toxicology reports, but if I did, I would be more than happy to include that information in any future posts I make on the case. I’m not here to demonize anyone unfairly or to hide the truth; I’m here to tell your son’s story, and the stories of many children who have been silenced by child abuse.

I have never inferred that your actions were intentional or that you meant to hurt Ares. I reported that drugs were involved because that was what the online news stories were saying about Ares’s case back in November, and that was what sources close to the family (such as your grandfather’s Facebook post) said. If it’s been proven that no illicit drugs were involved, that would rightfully factor into my perspective on the case.

I will end this post with an open offer: if you are so inclined, I would be glad to interview you for an episode of Suffer the Little Children Podcast so you can tell your side of the story without being drowned out. I may be snarky in my blog posts, but I can assure you I am most respectful in conversation.

Signed,

Laine

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