Cicely Bolden was stabbed to death by her boyfriend Larry Dunn in Dallas recently, but the suspect gives some compelling reasoning as to why he did it. Bolden was infected with the HIV virus and knowingly engaged in sexual activity with the man without disclosing it. After they had sex, she admitted to Dunn that she was in fact HIV positive. This reportedly drove the Dallas man over the edge and he stabbed her to death in her apartment.
"I killed her because she killed me," he said to investigators.
Since this story made headlines, the online discussions surrounding it have been heated to say the least. Sadly, the family of the slain woman has been witness to many of the comments targeting the woman saying she deserved it, that she brought her murder down on herself. While it's sad that they have to see these kinds of comments about a loved one, it's curious to discuss why someone would make these comments.
For starters, refusing to disclose that she had HIV put her in the position of "criminally transmitting" the virus to the man who killed her. Had he not killed her he could have either sued the hell out of her or even turned her in to police where she could have faced criminal charges (depending on the state laws). What she did was absolutely wrong. So, yes, Cicely Bolden was playing with fire by having sex with him and not telling him about her HIV status until after-the-fact. This leads one to question the possibility of there being other men she did this to -- making them victims.
Even though Cicely was in the wrong for not disclosing her HIV status, he was most certainly in the wrong for murdering her. Nobody deserves to have their life taken from them violently, not even people who purposely infect others with potentially fatal STDs. On the other hand, the man responsible for her slaying probably should be given a more lenient sentence because of these sad circumstances.
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