April 19, 2010, - 3:07 pm

In Defense of Jamar Pinkney, Sr.: A Detroit Father’s Story

By Debbie Schlussel

Last week, in a Detroit courtroom, Jamar Pinkney, Sr. was found guilty of executing his fifteen-year-old son, Jamar Pinkney, Jr.  The 38-year-old father was sentenced to 37-82 years in prison and will be 75 years old at his earliest possible release from prison. His story is one of the many tragic stories of life on the wilding streets of Detroit.


And I’m the only person I know of (other than his attorney) to defend him.  But I think he got a raw deal.  Sadly, the Detroit mainstream media all editorialized against him in their coverage of the story.

You see, Pinkney’s son, Jamar Jr. raped his three-year-old sister.  And while I don’t condone executions for rape, we know that those who rape kids will do it over and over, again and again.  There is no cure, and all the counseling in the world doesn’t cure child molesters of their sickness.  A fifteen-year-old boy is old enough to know that raping anyone–especially a three year old child who happens to be your sister–is wrong.  In most jurisdictions, a 15-year-old is tried as an adult for such crimes.  And at age 15, this kid’s warped, perverted behavior was likely a preview of his lifelong conduct, had he lived beyond that day.  Via his execution, how many girls’ lives of pain, humiliation and lifelong mental problems from child-rape were spared?  Quite a few, I’ll bet.

But, instead, the mainstream media soft-pedaled the rape, describing it as “molestation”–a sanitized word for it.  The Detroit Free Press quoted the sentencing judge as saying the father denied his son the chance at rehabilitation and repentance.  Do you really think a 15-year-old rapist of his 3-year-old sister will ever truly be rehabilitated?  Dream on.

How many parents wish they could execute the rapists who have killed the mental lives of their kids after raping them?  We don’t condone that kind of violence, but when it happens in the movies and in real-life, we generally applaud those people for cleaning up the earth of some of the excessive scum that made it dirty.  I wish these child rapists would all serve life terms in prison.  But we know that’s not what happens.  They get out, and they rape little kids again.

I feel for Jamar Pinkney, Sr.  He was one of the few fathers in Detroit (and Highland Park–a destitute, wholly surrounded suburb of Detroit) who was actually around and actively in his kids’ life.  And when he learned that his teen son raped his daughter, he apparently snapped and immediately took his son out and shot him, execution style.  I don’t think he was sane at the moment.  And it’s clear he feels terrible for what he did.  This was a father who cared about his kids.  He went off the handle as many would in a very traumatic tragedy.  It’s a horror and rage any parent of a raped child feels because they know their child is irreparably scarred forever, some of the life in them permanently killed.  Now, he will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.

There are plenty of other fathers a/k/a sperm donors in Detroit who deserve life in prison far more than Jamar Pinkney, men who are far more of a threat to society.  Some are hardened criminals who don’t kill as the result of the rage over a raped daughter.  Others are those who spread their seed at random to various babymamas.  And their absenteeism results in their kids becoming killers, drug dealers, pimps, and thugs.  And, unlike Pinkney, Sr., they’ll never do a day in jail for the monstrosities they’ve borne on this city. Pinkney, sadly, is a babydaddy, too. The raped girl was his daughter by another mother. And that’s why Pinkney, Jr.’s mother and grandmother don’t mention (in the video above) the daughter her son raped and dismiss the heinous act as “lust.” Rape is far more than lust. And now the raped young girl will be yet another damaged Detroit victim of violence who also won’t grow up with a father.

Like I said, I don’t favor this kind of vigilante justice or personal death penalty, executing someone for a sex crime.  it is uncivilized. But sometimes vigilante justice ends up working out for the best.  And frankly, I think Jamar, Sr.–in the heat of a loving father’s anger that his toddler daughter was raped–did a lot of potential future victims of Jamar Pinkney, Jr. a favor.  He saved their lives.

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280 Responses

I wouldn’t dare defend this man or his son for their actions, but I DO feel this article is ABSURD!! Who made this blogger an expert at predicting the future? Who gave the father the right to play God? He’ll have a long time to think about his actions. His son on the other hand will get a 2nd chance to be the man his dad failed to set an example of when it’s all said & done. The wages of sin is paid through death. Thanks Sr.

Beside Myself on September 19, 2013 at 2:16 pm

1st off, the daughter was not his child!!! She was the boy’s half sister.. That shows how much research you really did before you wrote this story, dumb ass!! And you sound like an asshole defending this man for what he did! The mother also said that the boy did not rape her, but he was on top of her…

Kim on September 19, 2013 at 5:03 pm

This article is foolish. Do some research, stop making excuses, and stop revealing to the world that you are a lowlife.

Ric on September 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm

There is NO excuse for what he did. There is no excuse for parents to kill their own kids. Parents are supposed to have unconditional love for ALL of their children, no matter what. Killing your own kids is NOT love, it’s HATE and it’s EVIL. No one should be defending this murderer.

Aaron Husar on June 6, 2014 at 1:53 pm

http://www.truecrimereport.com/2010/04/jamar_pinkney_sr_guilty_in_exe.php It looks more like a forced confession than anything, If you read more news articles you’d see that this kid wanted help and that he was clearly sorry what any inappropriate contact he had. His sorry excuse for a father should’ve never forced him to confess to more than he did and never should’ve murdered him. The kid needed help, not the ultimate form of hate and evil.

Aaron Husar on June 6, 2014 at 1:57 pm

The son deserved that bullet. Good riddance..rapist!

Me on June 27, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Your defense of this man is at least half way as disturbing as the crime itself. First off, the daughter was NOT raped; something of which you would have known had you done even an ounce of research. At best the accusation was clothes on inappropriate touch. This makes all your points about rape, and prattling on and on about parents wanting to murder rapists completely moot. Secondly, another fact you would have known had you researched was that the son mentioned inappropriate touch to his mom, but denied to his dad and his dad started bashing him over the head with the brunt of the gun. It was during the brutal beating over the head that he finally admitted to dad, which could very well have been saying what he thought dad wanted to hear to get him to stop beating the hell out of his head. But daddy didn’t stop did he? Instead, (what YOU call “working out for the best”) he stripped his now beaten son naked, marched him crying and pleading into a lot, and blew his head off. Really sicko? Beaten a kid to almost near death with the brunt of a gun then stripping and blowing his head of is “working out for the best”?? How about being a parent, and finding out why or who hurt his son to the point where his son had an urge to touch anyone inappropriately??? How about letting the police and counselors handle this without using pistol whipping as a means to extract more of a confession?? The only thing “working out for the best” of mankind is that this creature is locked away and hopefully dies in jail before 2046. After all, if he could cold and calculatedly beat his own child in the head then blow his brains out, how much of a lack of care for YOUR child or anyone else’s might he have should they put him in a rage for some reason.

Kris on August 31, 2014 at 8:46 am

There are plenty of men who deserve life in prison more than this father. Are you kidding me?? He IS the worst — executing his son as the son begged for his life. This is a pathetic writing that defends a horrifying act of murder. Spare us all the nonsensical justifications. Shame on you!

Stacey Kennon on January 14, 2015 at 9:38 pm

Until you have walked a mile in thaat father’s shoes you can’t say anything. I am in this position and honestly yes I could murder my son. There is no help for people like this!

momofvict on January 28, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Then you’re a failure as a “mother” if you could murder your own son.

    survivor on January 11, 2018 at 4:24 pm

Amen! I hope he gets a new trial!

key on March 15, 2015 at 6:41 pm

WOW!! You’d think someone blogging about this would have educated themselves better in the details of this case. Tell me Debbie, what’s your proof this boy was even a rapist or child molester?! His FATHER? The one who executed his own child who, at the time was begging, crying & pleading to be let go? Yeah he seems sane enough…lets just take his word on it lol. Let’s get the actual facts straight about this shall we? THERE WAS NO RAPE OR MOLESTATION OF HIS HALF SISTER!!! This 15 year old child sat there for close to 2 hours & kept telling his father nothing happened! It wasn’t until his father threatened him physically that he “admitted” to Pushing up on her a few times, like dry humping a pillow for a few seconds, like most teenagers do. Children tell stories constantly! The fact that he told the truth being interrogated for almost 2 hours & even when he did “admit” to something to avoid the beating his father threatened him with, it was something as harmless as pushing up on her, should tell you his mental state right there. Now just think back to when you were a teenager…if your father was threatening to beat you, already started hitting you & said all you had to do was tell him what “really” happened..and you know telling him nothing happened, the truth, will result in getting beat…as a child, what would you do?? OFCOURSE you’d lie!!! Let me also remind you the father NEVER SAID HIS SON ADMITTED TO RAPING/MOLESTING HIS 1/2 SISTER!! He only said his son told him he grinded on her for a second. This guy was facing life w/o parole…Ofcourse he’s going to play the sympathy card & act like he did something heroic rather than the cold, heartless & pathetic excuse for a father he really is. They tested his daughter, the supposed “victim” of this so called “rape” & “molestation” and there was NO EVIDENCE OF ANY RAPE, MOLESTATION, SODEMY OR ABUSE FOUND!!!! I’d take one of the “sperm donar” fathers you referenced over this man any day. You kind of loose that “good father” title once you murder your child assassination style & then portray him as a rapist/child molester to get sympathy & leniency at sentencing, don’t you think? The ONLY victim here is the boy & his poor mother. You have a responsibility, as a reporter/blogger, to get all the facts/evidence straight before presenting your finds & not run off at the mouth spouting false claims. Had you actually researched this case you’d know this rape story was fabricated &, I’ll say it again, UPON INVESTIGATION THERE WERE NO FINDINGS OF ANY RAPE, MOLESTATION, SODEMY OR ABUSE COMMITED BY THIS CHILD!!! Is it not bad enough his father murdered him without destroying all anyone has left of him..like their memories, thoughts & his reputation??? Let people remember this child for who he truly was…a kind, funny, smart boy…stop taking that from them! This is truly the most pathetic excuse I’ve seen for journalism!!

Crystal on April 5, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    It sure does make you wonder ,what happened to the father to have him act
    Out so violently! A better defense would have been
    If the father had admitted to being sexually assaulted as a child.That would
    explain his crazy reaction!!! But then that might open a whole new can of worms maybe it was a pattern of abuse!
    My heart goes out to the family what a shame.

    His poor mother!!! God bless

    Mar1972 on June 8, 2016 at 11:27 pm

Racism: White supremacy is ALIVE in well, folks.. Any time a black man kills another be it is son or yours, white supremacy minded racist defends it as righteous. The father is sick. The son is gone and the author of this article is as clueless about Black Lives and the fact that they matter to us is null and void to the aforementioned author who has no soul and encourage the genocide no matter the cost. His hope is that we readers, particularly the black readership of this off opinion, or hue-man ones,more appropriate, will be so dumb, gullible and uncivilized to buy into defending the man who committed infanticide taken himself and his son away from the women of his family. The father is so short-sighted to realize that what he did was tantamount to suicide as well as cursed to death the virtue of the one he portends to defend-the baby girl. He’s gone, the son’s dead. WHO IS GOING TO PROTECT THE LITTLE GIRL NOW???? H

DrCharles-DeAndre Wright on October 22, 2017 at 1:04 am

I can understand how this father lost it and killed his son because an innocent little 3 year can’t say no or fight the sick attacker. I guess until this happens to you (god forbid but if it does) maybe you should keep your opinions to yourself because deep down inside I may have lost it and done the same thing js

lee on September 5, 2018 at 3:28 pm

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