Case Narrative

A Consenting Juveniles narrative is a first-hand account reporting the words of the research subject on his or her experience.

John Mitzel

I would follow hot-looking men.

Source:   The Passion of Father Paul Shanley
by JoAnn Wypijewski
Legal Affairs, September 2004

John Mitzel was a leading gay activist in Boston in the 1970s. Today he operates Calamus, a gay bookstore in Boston. JoAnn Wypijewski, a senior editor of The Nation magazine, interviewed Mitzel for her research on the Paul Shanley case.

I’ve always been interested in older men, and I was sexually active from about the age of 12. I would follow hot-looking men onto the bus—20-, 30-, 40-year-olds—then get off where they did. My technique was rather crude. I’d just say, “Can I blow you?” Of course, they ran off in horror. They don’t teach you how to be a sexual predator at age 12.

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