It ain't pretty being easy... (soopageek) wrote,
It ain't pretty being easy...

he probably waited this long just to see if the rapture was gonna happen

Joseph Brooks, the composer of "You Light Up My Life" was found dead of an apparent suicide. While there's a delicious irony in the story of the man who penned the line "you give me hope to carry on" offing himself, the suicide isn't really surprising or particularly sad. Brooks was in the midst of a trial which included 90+ counts of rape, sexual abuse, and sexual assault. Apparently, he lured a dozen women to his Upper East Side apartment in New York City through Craigslist ads to audition for non-existent film roles, paying for their travel and accommodations, roofied their wine and then had his way with them. As if that wasn't enough, his son Nicholas was awaiting a murder trial in the death of his girlfriend. At the age of 73, it's not surprising the elder Brooks couldn't find much value in the rest of his life.

Considering myself a sane man, his conduct puzzles me. Obviously it's an indication of some behavioral dysfunction, psychosis, hatred of women, need for power/control, or whatever you want to call it, because it simply makes no sense otherwise. Brooks was a wealthy man. The royalties from that one song had him set financially for the rest of his life. As emphasized above, he spent thousands of dollars on this enterprise. If this was merely a case of a lonely old man looking for a little nookie from much younger women, he clearly had the money to procure the higher echelon of upscale escorts. I mean, if you're going to undertake a criminal act ANYWAY to engage in sexual activity, wouldn't that make more sense? I'm sure he could have even arranged for a professional to role-play a bright-eyed bumpkin looking for fame on the casting couch if that's where he got his jollies. I say good riddance. It at least saves the taxpayers the cost of housing his sorry ass until he died of natural causes. Hopefully he'll be convicted in absentia and the women he attacked can successfully pursue a civil suit against his estate.
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