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"Beyond The Label" Sneak Preview (Gary Blanton, Jr.)

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Published on Sep 10, 2012

UPDATE: Leslie Blanton passed away on July 26, 2014 of pneumonia. This video will remain in its current form here even after this project is complete.

ADDENDUM: Due to issues with video production, the current plan for this project is a BOOK project with accompanying video. The Book will be the main work for this project, but there will still be video. Unfortunately, many of the things I wanted to capture on film could not be done, but there is sufficient video to make a companion video for the book.

On June 2, 2012, a career criminal named Patrick Drum killed two people and planned to kill a third along the Washington state peninsula. Because his victims were listed on the state's public "sex offender" registry, Drum was labeled a "hero" by many in the community. But they judged the victims on the label alone.

In this sample, the life of Gary Blanton as told by his widow, Leslie Blanton. Mrs. Blanton, in her own words, goes beyond the media reports and the label given by society, showing Gary Blanton, Jr. as a devoted husband and father, a volunteer in the community, and a man who struggled to overcome the label "Registered Sex Offender."

Gary Blanton, Jr. was officially convicted of "Third Degree Rape"; however, the media failed to mention his conviction was the result of a consensual relationship when Blanton was just 17 years old, a relationship disapproved by his girlfriend's parents. Blanton lived a decade on the registry, working, volunteering, and taking care of his wife and kids, while being singled out and targeted based on the sex offender label.

This video is restricted and copyrighted by Once Fallen Productions, Inc. This preview is not to be reproduced or redistributed without the expressed written consent of Once Fallen. The preview title and content is a work in progress and may not reflect the finished product.

For more information or to donate to this project, go to http://www.oncefallen.com/

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The background music for this preview was used, with permission, from Dexter Britain of the U.K. For more info on the artist and how to obtain his music for use in your videos, visit his website at http://www.dexterbritain.co.uk/

The use of the musical artist's work does not imply any connection, involvement, collaboration, or agreement between the two parties outside of permission to use the music as the background for this video project.

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Below are more articles of interest in regards to the Port Angeles murders:

http://www.sequimgazette.com/news/art...

http://www.sequimgazette.com/news/art...

http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/crime...

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