Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Macho Gangster Was Raised as a Girl

You could almost feel the rush of air as the entire population of South Africa gasped when they discovered that their local toughguy drug kingpin is intersex. From New Zealand's Times LIVE:
On the drug-ravaged streets he's known as Fat Murphy. Feared by many, the burly suspected drug lord is clean-shaven and wears his second wife's name tattooed on his arm.

Police and the underworld were shocked this week when Fadwaan "Fat" Murphy, 37, stood up in court to face charges of possession of stolen property, and declared under oath that he was born with both male and female sexual organs.

Police claim they discovered Murphy's "true" gender when a strap-on penis fell off while he was being searched during a raid at his Kuils River home two weeks ago.

A visibly upset Murphy was forced to discuss his gender during a bail application in the Blue Downs Magistrate's Court in Cape Town.

"I had a vagina that could not be penetrated. But I also had male organs, testes. But I always knew I was really a man and that was what I wanted to be," he told the court. A startled public gallery had to be told by court orderlies to keep quiet, as he dropped the bombshell.

Murphy applied for bail after being charged with possession of stolen property and corruption - police claimed he offered a member of the force R9 100 not to search him during the raid.

"I am what I am through the creation of God. I stand firm as a man, as a husband and as a father," he told the Sunday Times on Friday.

Murphy, who is persona non grata in Mitchells Plain after the community marched on his house in Lentegeur to protest against his alleged drug dealing, talked openly about his gender.

"God created me with both sexual organs. It was God's decision, not mine," he said.

"I was born with a disability that could have happened to anyone. Children have been born with two heads."

Murphy's mother, Faiza Allie, 59, told the Sunday Times that she tried to bring him up as a girl, but he never wanted to wear dresses.

"He wanted to wear pants, Nevada's, and Grasshopper shoes. Not even on Christmas Day did he put on a dress.

"When he was at school he used to go out of the house with his school dress on, but around the corner he would take it off and go to school in pants. Just before he got home, he would put the dress on again," she said. 'I look like a man, I talk like a man, I am a man'

This guy says he had surgery in his teens and that he had been issued identity documents describing him as male, but the cops want to charge him with fraud because they found him carrying identification as Fadwaan Murphy and also as Hilary Murphy. They say the male documents are forged.
Allie said her troubled and short-tempered son wrote her a letter when he was 13. In it he told her there was something that was bothering him, and that there was something wrong "down there". It was only then that she realised the magnitude of his problem.

Murphy said: "I would not describe myself as having a sex change - I only had the female parts removed.

"My kids, a girl of four and a boy of one, come from my testes. I never developed breasts. I look like a man, I talk like a man. I am a man," he told the Sunday Times.

It will be pretty interesting to see the case that says he is "actually" female, if all this is true.

This is one bad hombre.
He was charged with three separate cases: kidnapping in May 2008 when the state alleged he ordered drug-runners to capture a woman suspected of stealing drugs; intimidation of a neighbourhood watch member in May 2009; and pointing a firearm at a neighbourhood watch member who had found drugs in October 2009.

The cases are still before the court and, as part of his bail conditions, he was not allowed back into the Lentegeur area. Murphy said that bail conditions had been lifted but he chose not to return to the area.

"If Director Jeremy Vearey (Mitchell's Plain police station commissioner) and his fellow officers (who arrested Murphy during the raid) think that they have robbed me of my pride and dignity as a man, then they are fooling themselves.

"Vearey is harassing me because I am suing him for crimen injuria. He says that he is pursuing me for drug dealing - what has that got to do with my gender? My sexual status is not a criminal offence," said Murphy.

That's a good point. But I doubt that Americans would be reading a New Zealand newspaper's account of a drug dealer in South Africa getting busted if there wasn't something more interesting going on. This particular case is fascinating because of the shock of thinking of a person raised in dresses and frills growing up to be one bad macho gangster -- this guy is like Bonnie and Clyde all in one. Let the stereotypes tumble.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

guess what

Americans think Obama is a failure:

"Washington (CNN) - Americans are giving Barack Obama a split decision on his first year in office, according to a new national poll.

Forty-eight percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday say Obama's presidency has been a failure so far, with 47 percent saying Obama has been a success. The poll's January 12 release comes just 8 days before Obama marks one year in the White House."

who knew?

January 12, 2010 2:31 PM  
Anonymous Aunt Bea said...

For the reading comprehension challenged, here are a series of graphs compiled by the Wall Street Journal (perhaps Anone trusts the WSJ better than Wikipedia) of the approval ratings of every US President from Harry Truman to George W. Bush: A look at U.S. presidents' job-approval ratings.

It will be interesting to see what President Obama's graph will look like. Will it turn around like Reagan's did once the economic mess Bush/Cheney left bottoms out?

January 13, 2010 11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

have you heard Obama speak?

he's no Ronald Reagan

January 13, 2010 1:52 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Ronald Regan was no Ronald Regan - Nancy was the puppetmaster.

January 13, 2010 2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most spouses are puppet masters. Obama is Michelle's puppet, but there's nothing wrong with that. He loves her and likes it that way.

January 13, 2010 2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the big survey released yesterday by Pew found blacks have a markedly higher sense of progress over the last year

remarkably, only on third of blacks now say racism is a major hindrance to the success of blacks in America

down in the fine print is another interesting finding not getting much attention:

in a poll on attitudes about inter-marriage, people were asked what catgory of person they would least like to see marry into their families

the winner was....

wait for it....


January 13, 2010 3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today condemned TV preacher and Religious Right leader Pat Robertson for blaming the devastating earthquake in Haiti on the Haitian people's alleged pact with Satan.

On his Christian Broadcasting Network's "700 Club" today, Robertson said the Haitians "swore a pact to the devil" in order to become free of French domination.

"They said, 'we will serve you if you will get us free from the French,'" Robertson asserted. "True story. And so, the devil said, 'okay it's a deal.' And they kicked the French out. You know, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other."

Said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director, "Robertson's callous comments show grotesque insensitivity to the plight of the hundreds of thousands of victims, their families and the nation of Haiti.

Added Lynn, "I remain amazed that American political leaders continue to kowtow to Robertson when he spouts extremist rhetoric such as this."

Robertson has been invited to attend this weekend's inauguration of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a graduate of Robertson's Regent University, and Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele recently gave an extensive interview to Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network.

January 13, 2010 6:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

American political leaders will "kowtow" to whomever will get them votes

Robertson has followers

he's not part of the government, however, so it's hard to see why AUSCS is taking a position

I personally don't know what Robertson is talking about but, who cares what he says?

January 13, 2010 6:35 PM  
Anonymous Aunt Bea said...

According to you, Robertson has "followers" and he can "get votes" for American political leaders. These voting "followers" presumably care what he says. Will he get his followers to believe Haiti made a pact with the Devil to end French colonialism too?

If you don't know what Robertson is talking about, why don't you try educating yourself? Here, learn something:

Salon: Haiti's "pact with the devil"

Politics Daily: Pat Robertson Blames Haiti Earthquake on 'Pact With the Devil'

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Pat Robertson harms image of Christians

Dominica News Online: Earthquake-rocked Haiti ‘cursed’ by a pact with devil: Pat Robertson

NY Daily News: Rev. Pat Robertson says ancient Haitians' 'pact with the devil' caused earthquake

Time Magazine: Why Is Pat Robertson Blaming Haiti?

January 14, 2010 7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If you don't know what Robertson is talking about, why don't you try educating yourself?"

How about if I, like most rational Americans, don't give a flying fugue what he thinks?

"According to you, Robertson has "followers" and he can "get votes" for American political leaders."

I was referring to the perceptions of politicians.

"These voting "followers" presumably care what he says."

I wouldn't presume that.

That would make a pres out of u and me.

"Will he get his followers to believe Haiti made a pact with the Devil to end French colonialism too?"

Doubtful, but so what if they think Haiti made a past with the devil?

What difference would that make?

January 14, 2010 9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reagan was relatively good when reading prepared scripts (although he never had a huge challenge in any of the Grade "B" movies he made). He was totally incapable of speaking without that prompt, however. Only The Second Bush could surpass him in his extemporaneous utterances, though. Duh!
Obama, by comparison, is the "Silver Tongue" Wm. Jennings Bryan of this century (so far)

January 14, 2010 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RT, all presidents have speech writers

Reagan's speaking skills are without peer

btw, hope everyone is watching the show in Massachusetts

the latest poll shows Democrat Coakley's lead in our most liberal state has shrunk to two points

this week, Coakley and her staff kept up the Keystone Cops routine

in the last debate, she said there are no terrorists in Afghanistan

she released an ad attacking Brown, the Republican nominee, with text that mispelled the name of her state

she came to Washington (good symbolism) for a last minute fundraiser to saturate the airwaves with attack ads against her competitor

now, a video in circulating on the internet of one of her staff physically assaulting a reporter who asked inconvenient questions

but the grand finale will come this weekend when the one and only Barack Obama will travel to Boston to "save" the day and, thus, seal her doom

think about the two trips to Copenhagen

Sir BO is not exactly the guy you want making your final pitch

January 14, 2010 10:54 AM  
Anonymous ha-ha said...

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January 14, 2010 10:56 AM  
Anonymous no, we can't said...

I hope everyone realizes that is Coakley loses to Brown on Tuesday, the Obamacare bill will never pass

and, as a Republican Senator yesterday stated the obvious, "we can prevail, the American people are on our side"

January 14, 2010 12:54 PM  

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