Good Intensions, Wrong Execution

Washington resident Patrick B. Drum is a vigilante who many could argue has the best of causes – ridding the world of sex offenders.  He did just that as police found the bodies of Jerry Wayne Ray (right), 56, and Gary Lee Blanton (left), 28, early Sunday – both allegedly killed by Drum in separate planned attacks.

Ray, a Level II offender and convicted child rapist was found in his home shot to death.  That discovery lead to reports of a stranger in the area, and a car with a note that tied Drum to Ray’s death.  Blanton, was found dead in Drum’s home (who was renting a room from Drum) when police went there looking for Drum.  Blanton had previously been convicted of 3rd degree rape and also was a Level II offender.

The AP reported Monday that Drum’s note expressed hate for sex offenders and the killings, “had to be done,”  and that he “…apologized to police for what he had done”.  The county sheriff was quoted that Drum took full responsibility and there was evidence that Drum’s actions were part of a larger scheme.