by Scoobie Davis
An Open Letter to Chris Hansen of Dateline NBC
Dear Mr. Hansen,
First let me congratulate you on your hard-hitting investigation of the "tools" scandal in Amway/Quixtar (quick note: a follow-up would be great) and your most famous investigation series, "To Catch a Predator" which deals with sexual predators who attempt to lure underage teens on the Internet.
I've seen a few segments of "To Catch a Predator." I have one suggestion: devote a "To Catch a Predator" show to an investigation of a well-known sexual predator: Sun Myung Moon. What makes Moon's case particularly noxious is that not only has he not paid a price for his misdeeds, but he wields enormous influence in this country and has earned the plaudits of influential Americans--including several presidents (including George W. Bush). Moon was even "coronated" at a ceremony in the Dirksen Senate Office building in 2004. I believe a segment devoted to Moon would be a change of pace to the segments in which unknown predators are nailed.
Here are the verifiable facts: Moon illegally brought a 15 year-old Korean national named Nansook Hong to the United States to be the child bride of his drug-addicted adult son--which makes Moon guilty of rape as an accomplice. After the illegal marriage, Hong had to endure not just sexual abuse but violence from her drug-addicted "husband." The repulsive details of Hong's ordeal are in her 1998 book, In the Shadow of the Moons: My Life in the Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Family. Consideration of this case would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.