A Danger to Society?
When Eric Hinnenkamp, a registered sex offender, inherited a house across from Laguna Lake Park, where children often play, residents were outraged. Under Jessica's Law, sex offenders are prohibited from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park, but because of a loophole in the law, Hinnenkamp may be able to move into the neighborhood.
Dr. Phil turns to concerned residents Barry and Susan. "The first question that I think is very commonsensical to ask is: Is it safe to release sex offenders into society? You guys say no, and you don't want this man living next door to you," he observes.
"Absolutely," they reply in unison. Barry adds. "We feel that Eric Hinnenkamp could re-offend. Our understanding is that sex offenders have the highest recidivism rate " "
Dr. Phil interrupts. "Highest recidivism rate compared to what?" he asks. [AD]
"Compared to a lot of other crimes, rehabilitation is very low with regards to sex offenders," Barry answers. "That makes him a danger to be in our neighborhood."
"Would it change your opinion if you knew that wasn't a fact, what you just said?" Dr. Phil asks. "The truth is the research doesn't bear out that they have the highest recidivism rate, that they have the highest re-offense rate."
"Thank God he has no contact with his own child, but why is his child protected, and my child is not?" Susan asks, referring to Hinnenkamp.
"That's a very common sense question to me," Dr. Phil says.
Barry and Susan's neighbor, David, explains why he's against Hinnenkamp moving into the community. "As a father of two, it definitely concerns me. But I kind of feel blessed that we have this insider information," he says. "What's just as concerning is that I took a walk next to the lake yesterday and saw 25 kids walking around. I'm concerned about them too."
Robert, a previous guest whose 12-year-old sister, Robin, was raped and murdered by sex offender and serial killer Rodney Alcala. Alcala was recently sentenced to death for the third time. Robert is joined by his mother, Marianne.Dr. Phil introduces
"Why did y'all want to be here today?" Dr. Phil asks.
"We didn't have the opportunity to find out in advance that [Alcala] was around," Marianne says. She turns to Barry and Susan. "I'm glad you're taking a stand. More parents should."
"They've given up their rights when they've violated somebody," Robert tells Dr. Phil. "Those babies never get whole, these women never get whole again, and yet we're concerned about their civil rights. When you've violated somebody, especially in a sexual predator manner, your rights should be gone."[AD]
Dr. Phil mentions that during Alcala's trial for the murder of Marianne's daughter, she brought a gun into the courthouse. "You thought, â€˜He's going to get away with this. I can't let this happen,'" he notes.
"People have asked me, â€˜Are you sorry you didn't do it?' One part of me says, â€˜Yeah. I could have avoided 31 years,'" Marianne replies, referring to the time that elapsed since Alcala was arrested in 1979 for her daughter's murder and his recent death sentence. "The other part of me says that wouldn't have been fair to the other parents, to the other families."