Last November, Maria Lauterbach, 20, of Dayton, Ohio, who enlisted in the Marines in June of 2006, became part of the combat logistics regiment based at Camp LeJeune, N.C. She worked for Marine Cpl. Cesar Armando Laurean, 21, who was her senior officer. In April of last year, Lauterbach reported to her commanding officers that Laurean had raped her. A protective order was issued and Lauterbach and Laurean were assigned to work in different buildings. The protective order was renewed twice, in April and September. It was renewed again in January, but by then Lauterbach was dead.
Lauterbach, as it turns out, was pregnant. She said her pregnancy was a result of the rape.
Over the months of the military investigation, Lauterbach had to continue to work not far from the rapist who, she said, harassed her in an ongoing and intensifying way despite the protective order, the harassment reaching such unbearable levels by December 2007 that she felt forced to move off base and rent a room. Investigators nevertheless say they didn’t consider Laurean a “threat” to Lauterbach. For some reason they thought Laurean and Lauterbach were on “friendly terms.” Of course, these were the same investigators who felt concerned about “inconsistencies” in Lauterbach’s account of the rape, and who, according to papers filed in the case said Lauterbach was facing a “possible discharge” from the Marines. No reasons for this imminent “possible discharge” were given.
Lauterbach’s mother, Mary Lauterbach of Dayton, last spoke with Maria on Dec. 14 and reported her missing on Dec. 19. Her cell phone was found near the gate to Camp LeJeune on Dec 20, and a man was caught on surveillance video attempting to use her ATM card on Dec. 24. On Dec. 26 she missed a prenatal appointment. A search for Lauterbach begun in early January. A few days later, Laurean sent a letter to his wife in Florida saying he had buried Lauterbach’s body in his yard. He said he didn’t kill her, that she killed herself by slitting her own throat. Investigators say that wasn’t possible–a voluminous amount of blood had been spattered throughout the house, on the walls, and on the ceiling. After Laurean’s wife turned over her husband’s letter to police, they went to his home and found Lauterbach’s body buried in the backyard. The body of her unborn infant was found nearby. They had been burned in a fire pit built by Laurean. Laurean was indicted in absentia by a South Carolina grand jury for first degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and theft for forcing Lauterbach to withdraw money from her bank account on the day she was killed. U.S. authorities are working with Mexican authorities to find Laurean and extradite him to the United States to stand trial. A cousin reported having seen and spoken with Laurean at the counsin’s liquor store outside of Guadalajara in january. The cousin said Laurean did not seem distressed in any way.
Mainstream reporting of the murder of Lauterbach and her child focused on reports filed by Marine officials investigating Lauterbach’s claims that had characterized her as “bipolar” and as having a history of telling lies. These allegations became headline news in the wake of Lauterbach’s murder, as though they had some relevance to the fact that in the end, she and her child were murdrered by her supervisor in the course of her military service after he had raped her, then harassed and stalked her for months-info from The Post Chronicle, The Charlotte Observer
Spitzer, Dershowitz, and the White Brotherhood
By Paul Seidman, copyright 2008. All rights reserved.
It’s the news of the week.
The heterosexual married family man and governor of the state of New York, Eliot Spitzer, known for his principles, morals, ethics, going after white collar criminals (read: criminals) and, in particular, busting up prostitution rings while he served as New York’s Attorney General, was just “caught with his pants down,” so to speak. More accurately, he was caught with his manly entitlements up. Spitzer was part of a prostitution ring which was created primarily to service wealthy white heterosexual male procurers, prostitutors, and purchasers of women (aka pimps and “johns”). This particular ring is called, not so ironically, “The Emperors Club VIP.” It is reported that Spitzer arranged to meet with a young woman working inside this atypical ring of prostitution, and that she was paid a few thousand dollars for whatever they did together in the hours just before Valentine’s Day hit, about a month ago.