So I have been out of town for a while, had to do something for work in a very uncomfortable place. I had limited bandwidth and well…I was not going to use it blogging. It is now over, but I have been slow to get back blogging, just because you have to get into a stride. But I have been bombarded by emails about Susan Shannon, so I thought I would post an update.
To summarize, the facts of the case are this…
- Susan Shannon and Wil Riggins were Cadets together at West Point
- Susan Shannon left West Point with terrible grades, poor performance reports, and was by her own admission a really bad cadet. Later she changed this to say that she was a really great cadet. Seriously, she has made completely opposite statements, I tend to suspect the first were true.
- She now claims that she was raped by the now Colonel Riggins as he was about to pin on General.
- An Army investigation was started.
- Ms. Shannon refused to cooperate with the investigation because they asked her not to talk about it. This is the common procedure in military investigations, since it is better to conduct fact findings when people are trying to cover stuff up. I have done these investigations as the initial investigating officer before, and this is procedure.
- The Army investigation found no evidence. A “Promotion Review Board” found the Col was fully qualified for promotion, but the Secretary of the Army stopped the process (this is hardly surprising, the Army is crazy gun shy about any controversy).
- Ms. Shannon went to court to claim Virginia had no jurisdiction over her. The court ruled against her. Here is what she said about it…
How do I tell thousands of people that God didn’t swoop in and save me as we all thought he would? How do I tell them that Jesus’ words concerning standing in court and having the Holy Spirit fill our minds and bodies with the right words didn’t come true? How do I tell them that God’s name was shamed and not honored in court?
This is sort of par for the course from Ms. Shannon, God honestly appears to work for her. If she loves something, God loves it. If she dislikes something, God dislikes it. It was not that she was incompetent, had no idea what she was doing, what was going on, but that God didn’t “swoop in and save [her]”.
Then there was a very public and bizarre fight with her pastor, Brandon Beals. Apparently her pastors gave sermons where they welcomed gay members to join them, while apparently not approving of homosexuality. Sort of a “We do not approve of your lifestyle choice, but if you want to come here on Sundays we will welcome you”. I suspect the goal was that they would find Jesus and stop being gay, but honestly it is nice that they would say they would be ok with gay people sitting in the pews. It is not, that I am aware of, contagious (the gayness I mean, lot of gay friends, still don’t find men attractive).
This was singularly odd, because Ms. Shannon interpreted this as a MASSIVE injustice to her, because it was the Church publicly coming out against her. She got into a massive online fight with the two pastors, maybe more, and to their credit I do not think they responded to her attacks, and she publicly left that congregation.
What was so odd about this was that it was all about HER, the tendency of narcissism with Ms. Shannon is starting to get a little out of hand. She wrote that pastors needed to get back to God, and evidence that they had strayed was that people liked them. And to prove this, she is hated. Here is what she wrote…
Yet, I am detested and hated and alone. And no pastor I know stands with me. One of my pastors calls me a conspiracy theorist. Both pastors tell me that when I speak, I am not ‘kind’ enough, not ‘Christian’ enough to non-Christians. I believe I am to understand that this is the reason they don’t stand by me.
No one from my church has called me to see how I am doing. Even though I have filled out my nifty, very business efficient ‘communication card’ and told them about this lawsuit. I have told them the tremendous burden I am under. I have asked for prayer. I have described the rape, the defamation suit, everything. I have missed Sunday church for many weeks. And yet, not one phone call. Not one word of concern. I have been quite involved in this church. They know me well. Yet, silence.
This is the narcissism I believe that is percolating up. It is all about her, all about her issues, all about her problems. And these are real. I think she is emotionally and mentally unstable, that her life is crumbling, and this can lead to narcissism.
She started a GoFundMe campaign to fund her court battle. She initially asked for $250k, she has changed that to $100k. She has raised around $8k. Over 50% 0f that is from two people, I suspect Ms. Shannon herself or family. When not enough of her Facebook friends gave to the cause she launched a viscous attack on them and claimed that God was going to judge them for not giving her money. Seriously, you cannot make this up. She deleted the post but there are some lingering comments. Here is a good one…
For those who were stingy and mean spirited, I have no doubt that God will judge them. Would you have me lie in order to tickle yours and their ears?…When NO ONE would rescue me but a few, stalwart and obedient Christians on my page. They came when it looked hopeless. Even though some might have thought they were throwing their money away to a useless cause. The need was so great, they must have wondered how their $25 could possibly make a difference. I’m sure that’s how many people thought. Perhaps that’s why many didn’t give. But these obedient few GAVE ANYWAY- because they obey Christ. They gave in FAITH, not because they had wisdom. All wisdom, all logic said they were throwing their money away on a hopeless cause. They could see that no one else was pitching in too. Can’t you see that? BUT THEY OBEYED GOD! You didn’t. That’s why you are angry now.
This is Susan Shannon to a tee. Giving her money is God’s will. Maybe it is…? Not my cup of tea, but oh well.
Also, she posts a lot of pictures of herself while at West Point, claiming to be an ex-soldier. This is the worst form of stolen valor. She was not a soldier, she was a Cadet. Huge difference…and I know, I have a ring. Summer training is just that, an introduction to what you may be doing in the future, and some rudimentary skills, but it is hardly the professional work of the military. It is insulting for her to claim soldier status, but she is a narcissist, so…?
Now the most recent thing is an interview on Inside Edition. Apparently no one was happy with this interview, but Inside Edition is a tabloid, we’re not talking the New York Times. But Ms. Shannon launched off on a tirade and then deleted it, but it is still cached on Google. She says a few things that are interesting.
First, she titles it “Inside Edition Punishes Conservative Writer by Upholding her Rapist“. This is not true, not that the article was good at all. Notice that it is because she is “Conservative”. There is no evidence of that, but she has to claim victim status for something. I have said for a long time that her case is just bad, but it can’t be that, it must be that the author is a secret liberal. But she made a lot of statements that are interesting….
it doesn’t state that I did report the rape in 2009 to West Point and then, with my husband, decided on mercy for the sake of his children
Here is what Ms. Shannon said about this…”I have thought about officially reporting this colonel- but I haven’t yet done so. I called West Point (several years ago) and found out that hundreds of women cadets are now reporting rapes that happened while I was there- almost 25 years later. I spoke to the female colonel there who encouraged me to officially file. I’m not sure why I didn’t and why I don’t. It just feels like old news- left far behind.”
it downright lied and said, “She said she never told anyone until she wrote about it recently on her blog”- I told several important individuals, including a therapist who will be giving evidence at my trial
Well, this is not true. What she said was “So, while his military career is soaring, I left mine far behind. I never told a soul there- not even the psychologists I was forced to see before I left.” If she said something years later trying to explain why she left that did not involve failing grades, poor performance, and poor evaluations that said she would be a mediocre soldier (all of which she admitted years before claiming rape), that might be worth mentioning.
this article states that my official accusation led to him not receiving a general’s star- this is not proven
Well the promotion board said he was fully qualified. It was the accusation that held things up. She wants to claim she had nothing to do with it, since if it did, she would be culpable, but when the review board says he should be promoted…
I have said for a while now that Susan Shannon is not being honest. She went to do television interviews immediately after making the accusation, and reveled in the attention, but refused to work with an investigation that would have led to actual resolution. She wanted TV interviews, not to have an investigation. She has always shown interest in publicity before honesty or truth, she seems to want to be a Kardashian. But her actions are propelling her towards a huge court loss, and the destruction of her life, family, and future. And at this point I do not think there is anything that can divert the inevitable.