Not Enough Info on Horse-Sex Scandal

Skimming through The Boston Globe’s most emailed articles, like I do whenever I’m bored, I came upon this heavily passed-around story: “Man pleads guilty in horse-sex case.” Hmm. What an interesting read.

But this AP article left much to my imagination – which isn’t always the wisest choice. Apparently a Seattle man died from “internal injuries” while having sex with a horse.

“The prosecutor’s office said no animal cruelty charges were filed because there was no evidence of injury to the horses.” An interesting quote.

So WHAT HAPPENED? Am I the only one who wants to know? How does one die from having sex with a horse?

No such details were offered.

I'm sitting here, slightly ashamed that I'm giving this story so much thought, wondering if the writer knew of the details of the death and didn’t write them in – and if the writer did know the details why didn’t he/she include them in the article?

The obvious answer, to me anyway, would be that the writer held back the information to keep from embarrassing James Michael Tait, 54, who was the cameraman for the unfortunate evening, or the family of the deceased Kenneth Pinyan.

Is it ethical to withhold information on how a person died? Is it even newsworthy? Perhaps this isn’t the best example to use on the topic – but it is the one that got me thinking about it.

If a person shoots themselves in the head is that ok to write about in a news story? What if they had an accident with a power tool? Or were eaten alive by a pack of rabid dogs? When does the way a person dies become newsworthy?

I don’t know the answers to the questions I’m throwing out there. But I do know that I wish I was given more information on how the heck Pinyan suffered internal injuries, even if it is just to satisfy my curiosity.

Anonymous (not verified) @ December 6, 2005 - 9:51am

Think about it, what do you think killed him. what wiuld have had to happen to the horse in order to inflict pain?

Laura C. Grow @ December 6, 2005 - 9:58am

There's two obvious ways I can think of that he could have died of internal injuries. If we knew what the injuries were, we could probably deduce with some certainty whether the horse kicked him for bothering it or... the other, not-safe-for-work possibilty.

Josh (not verified) @ December 6, 2005 - 10:43am

Actually, I think it's more unethical to divulge details of someone's death. It's really a right-to-privacy issue, and Pinyan's family should get to decide how much we know.

The Globe story was a little short, and I'm embarrassed to say that I've followed this, if only out of some disgusting sense of gossipy enjoyment.

In Washington state, there is no law against bestiality (though I imagine they'll soon get around to passing one), and apparently, prostituting animals is OK, too, because someone's been making money off this (why else would you do it?). The horse's owner was convicted of...anybody? Anybody? Trespassing, because he was using his neighbor's barn without his neighbor's knowledge.

I imagine Pinyan got a good swift kick in the stomach or groin when the horse realized what was going on. That could cause some significant internal injury. Of course, if a well-hung horse were reciprocating, well, I suppose that could, as well.

OK, sorry. You didn't need the visual, but it's a really slow news day over here.

Laura C. Grow @ December 8, 2005 - 3:13pm

Yep, those would be the two ways I had in mind. Either way... Ow.

janell (not verified) @ December 8, 2005 - 3:20pm

"According to the King County Medical Examiner's Office, he died of acute peritonitis due to perforation of the colon. The man's death is not being investigated because it did not result from a crime, Urquhart said. "

Anonymous (not verified) @ December 14, 2005 - 9:18am

janell, does that mean he died because the horse penitrated theis guy's rectum with it's penis?! GROSS!!!

Anonymous (not verified) @ December 22, 2005 - 2:40pm

Well of course that is what it means for god sake. Do you need a picture or what?

Anonymous (not verified) @ December 30, 2005 - 4:56am

A friend videotaped the incident. The video is on the net. I'm not particularly happy that I know precisely how the guy died.

Josh (not verified) @ December 30, 2005 - 5:19pm

Not to beat a dead horse...

E&P reports that this was by far the most clicked on story in the Seattle Times this year. Many of those clicks came from places like the Drudge Report, but many didn't.

What the report doesn't mention, though, is time spent reading the article. So what if everyone clicked on the headline? If they read a graph or two then left, that's different than spending 10 minutes reading in-depth.

mela (not verified) @ December 31, 2005 - 5:29pm

dude, are you going to give us a link for this video or what?

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