What’s Current: Robert Trigg jailed for life after killing two former girlfriends

Robert Trigg arrives in handcuffs at Lewes crown court, where he was convicted of murder on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Robert Trigg, a British man with a documented history of domestic violence, has been found guilty of killing two of his former girlfriends; Caroline Devlin in 2006 and Susan Nicholson in 2011. Both deaths were investigated by the same local police force when they occurred and were ruled “not suspicious.” Sarah Ditum explains how the case finally got to court and why a conviction now isn’t good enough:

“It’s only because Nicholson’s parents sought justice for their daughter at their own expense — hiring an independent barrister and pathologist to reexamine the original pathologist’s report — that Trigg isn’t still at large, terrorizing another woman in her own home, perhaps killing again…

There can be no justice for women if the police are failing to take the most blatant evidence of men’s violence as the starting point for an investigation. There can be no justice for women if their killers have to be pursued by private means: who will see your death answered for if the police call it an accident and your parents lack the means, ability or inclination to take on the case themselves? Justice that becomes a luxury good is no justice at all.”

Sheila Michaels, who popularized the use of Ms. as a “title for a woman who did not belong to a man,” has passed away.

After a three month investigation, police in Alberta have arrested 16 men  on 56 child pornography related charges.

The organizers of the Women’s March on Washington are planning to protest the National Rifle Association on July 14th. Tamika Mallory explains that the protest is in response to a recent anti-protest video:

“The advertisement released by the NRA is a direct attack on people of color, progressives and anyone who exercises their First Amendment right to protest. At a time when our nation is seeing a rise in racially charged incidents and violence motivated by hate speech, it is unconscionable for a powerful organization like yours to unashamedly peddle an ‘us versus them’ narrative. You are calling for our grassroots, nonviolent resistance movement to be met with violence.”

Lisa Steacy

Lisa Steacy is an Assistant Editor at Feminist Current. She has a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Toronto. However, the women she met in her five years as a frontline worker and collective member with Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter deserve almost all of the credit for her feminist education. She lives in Vancouver with her partner and their cats.