1452 - I don't know why the Mona Lisa is smiling, but as for the artist.... - Famous Renaissance artist Leonardo Da Vinci was born on this date. His father took custody of the little fellow shortly after his birth, while his mother married someone else and moved to a neighboring town. When he was about 15 his father apprenticed him to the renowned workshop of Andrea del Verrochio in Florence. During his subsequent career he created legendary works such as "The Last Supper" and "The Mona Lisa." Da Vinci had a bit of a thing for boys, and at one time was accused of having committed a homosexual act with a 17 year old youth of "questionable" background. Other affairs in his life included his young assistants.
1986 - Does this count as a pedo ring? - French writer, dramatist and convicted felon Jean genet died on this date. As a youth he lead a life of crime and worked many years as a prostitute. His writing, which made him one of the leading figures in the avant-garde theater was all that saved him from life in prison. Prominent figures as Jean-Paul Sartre and Jean Cocteau had something to do with it as well, as they argued for Genet's parole. Genet was openly gay, but had an obvious interest in boys. His friends included pedos Andre Gide and Allen Ginsberg. Here is a picture of Ginsberg and Genet, although a charming young man seems to have genet entirely distracted: Genet, a boy and Ginsberg. Genet's biographer was Edmund White, yet another pedo.
1997 - Dumb or lying? Take your pick. - An interview with Patrick Woida, a researcher at the University of Arizona's Steward Observatory was published on this date. He said that over 6 million people per week log on to sexually explicit sites. "On the World Wide Web, people can get anything they want, and people are saying 'give me sex.'" He said that people who run porn sites were responsible and making sure that children had no access to such site. He also said that child pornography had more or less been cleared from Web pages because of intense policing by Internet surfers. "There has been a trend to find (and remove) child pornography from the Internet," Woida said. "There are probably less than 12 sites out there." Amazingly, he was serious when he said this.
1999 - The sex abuse industry has to be funded by someone. - In Canada on this date a bill was introduced into the federal legislature to strengthen the voice of victims of crime. Bill C-79 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (victims of crime) changed the previous law in a number of ways. It ensured that victims would be informed about opportunities to prepare a victim impact statement, despite its legal irrelevance, and would permit victims to read the statement out loud if they choose. It reduced the rights of the accused to direct their own defense and also required all sex offenders to pay an automatic victim surcharge (an additional monetary penalty), which increased revenue for provinces and territories to expand and improve victim services.
- Author unknown. "This Day In Pedo History: April 15", 2003. Retrieved on 3-27-15.