True TV (Court TV) has been running the trial of The State of Ohio V. Daniel Kovarbasich. At age sixteen, Daniel took a ten pound jar full of pickles and bashed it into the head of fifty-five year-old Duane Hurley. Daniel and his defense team say that Hurley began grooming Daniel for a sexual relationship when Daniel was still a child. The defense maintains that Daniel was only twelve when Hurley implemented his plan to one day rape and sexually abuse the boy.
By the time that Daniel turned fifteen, he says that Hurley was asking him for sexual favors in exchange for gifts and that the fondling and oral sex turned into rape. Daniel says that he became Hurley’s sex partner in exchange for clothes and for money.
The defense teams says that Hurley tricked the young teen into a sexual relationship by offering the boy gifts, money, and favors but the prosecution claims it was Daniel who manipulated the much older man into giving him things. Hmmm. A fifty five year-old man and a fifteen year-old boy…gee, I wonder who was manipulating whom?
No one knows for sure, and maybe even Daniel himself doesn’t know, what exactly triggered the moment that he picked up the pickle jar, hit Duane Hurley over the head and stabbed him fifty-five times but I feel that the pickle jar has great significance. Pickles are often used as a metaphor, or a joke, for a man’s penis. They are shaped like a penis and put in the mouth. It is entirely probable that Daniel used that jar of pickles out of intense rage over what a penis had come to symbolize for him. True TV is reporting that the pickle jar was kept in the bedroom and the commentator implied that the pickles were used for a sex toy. If true, this would be even more motivation for Daniel to use that jar as a murder weapon. It’s also interesting that Daniel stabbed Hurley as many times as his alleged perpetrator’s age. I don’t believe that this is a coincidence. I feel that Daniel was enraged at himself, as well as his alleged rapist, for making him have sex with such an older man. I speak from experience on this. I was sexually abused by a female family member and I was once full of rage at myself for it.
I do not believe for one second that Daniel had homosexual tendencies when he was a young teenage boy, or that he even had homosexual tendencies when he began to engage in the (alleged) sexual relationship with Hurley. I think that Daniel was 100% a victim and only complied out of sexual conditioning by an abuser, and not due to a true sexual drive for men. It is my opinion that Hurley twisted the mind of his victim through grooming, attention, and by treating the child to car rides and all the things that young teenage boys like.
Apparently, Daniel needed $80.00 to help celebrate his anniversary with his girlfriend and hoped Hurley would follow through with the promise to give it to him. The morning that Daniel Kovarbasich killed Duane Hurley, Daniel’s father dropped him off at Hurley’s house so that Daniel could be driven to school by Hurley. Daniel says that when he asked Hurley for the money, Hurley told him that nothing comes for free and this is when Daniel snapped. In that moment, I think he knew he was not gay. I believe that, in that moment, Daniel was tired of being abused and used by a degenerate man and that he would take it no more.
Part Two about this case can be read by clicking here: Daniel Kovarbasich: There’s a Lot Of Ignorance About Child Sexual Abuse and Perpetrators
CNN True TV In Session The State of Ohio V. Daniel Kovarbasich