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Psychologist: To understand Union murders, take 'prison mindset'

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It's been said that no sense can be made of crime, but in the case of the double murder of Clarence and Gretchen Parker, deputies say the motive was clear, they say Jeremy Moody told them he targeted Charles Parker, specifically, because he was a child molester.

"Parallel that to the prison system," said psychologist Dr. Roger Rhoades. "Are there a lot of sex offenders hurt or killed (there)? Yeah."

Rhoades said that if you want to see some sense in what happened in Jonesville, you have to take a "prison mindset", and suddenly the case becomes clear.

"The bottom line is if this happened in a prison, there wouldn't even be a glitch, it would just be another day in prison life," he said.

Investigators said both suspects had apparent ties with the white supremacy movement, which has ties to the prison system.

Experts say in some of those circles, sex offenders are seen as below human.

Charles Parker's history as a sex offender included charges in two separate cases in both North and South Carolina, with one of the cases involving a child.

"(The sex offender registry) is an easy hit list of people, who are considered by many to be the lowest of the low," said Brenda Jones, director of Reform for Sex Offender Laws, an organization dedicated to protecting sex offenders' civil rights.

Jones said the connection between white supremacy groups and their hatred of sex offenders is documented.

"If you have people that are prone to hate crimes, then this is just a very, very easy target," said Jones.

No one FOX Carolina spoke with suggested sympathy for what sex offenders have done, but said that those capable of harming sex offenders need to be watched as much as the offenders themselves.

"It's amazing when people are flagged and the authorities are watching him, a lot of times their plan is thwarted," said Rhoades.

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