In 1997 he was accused of child molestation but was not convicted as the accuser recanted their claim. https://web.archive.org/web/20101012222658/http://clatl.com/2002-01-30/cover.html
In 2000 he was arrested for child-molestation of three boys. He was sentenced to jail after a teenage boy visited his pretrial detention. https://www.themarysue.com/dragoncon-separates-kramer/
In 2011 he was arrested for being unsupervised with a 14 year old boy despite his probation from contacting anyone under 18. https://deadline.com/2013/12/dragonc…-trial-645771/
In 2017 Kramer was arrested for taking pictures of boys at a doctor’s office https://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/lo…5b9249a21.html
Sept 2019, after trying to hack into a courthouse computer, police found child pornography on his personal computer https://www.ajc.com/news/local/hacki…l0zjW3heSOWqO/
A number of SFWA ranking members have been outspoken in their support for Edward Kramer.
According to voxday, SFWA President Mary Robinette Kowal was on the SFWA board during Ed Kramer conviction and sentencing. At no point was his membership ever revoked.
A legal defense fund was set up for Ed Kramer by a number of SFWA members. Below are quotes make by SFWA members regarind their support
Anne McCaffrey (SFWA Grand Master 2005)
My response is violent, as I have often been a guest and GoH at Dragon*Con. I have written such people as I know who might spread the word and try to get Ed his trial. Four effing years? And this is before the current Bush administration. Something must be done for him.
I naively thought that such epithets as “Jewish Christ- killer” (especially as it was the Romans who passed the sentence) had gone the way of “nigger” but, obviously I’m wrong. I never had much use for the State of Georgia anyhow but there are limits past which any right-thinking person must take action. As a euro-citizen, I would be happy to take it to the Hague. (I’ll find out how.)
But thank you for laying out the sordid facts and reminding us all that some basic human rights can be at risk. Like a proper trial and appropriate religious services
Darrell Scweitzer (SFWA member) http://www.sfwa.org/members/schweitzer/
The material about Ed Kramer makes it abundantly clear what we who grew up in the `60s learned in the days of the Freedom Riders. The human-rights record of the South lags somewhat behind that of the United States. You can be certain that you wouldn’t have deputies raving about “Christ-killers” in, say, New York.
What can we do to help our friend Ed Kramer? If money is needed, we should organize a benefit campaign. It is probably time to go to the media. It should be played up as flagrant anti- Semitism, which it clearly is. Ed needs to sue and seek criminal prosecutions of his torturers. And, quite frankly, of his accusers. As far as I can tell, he has suffered this ordeal merely because of a malicious lie. This sort of thing has happened before, not necessarily in the South. In Salem, Massachusetts, for example.
Certainly, SFWA, if it is good for anything, should not leave Ed Kramer to rot. In the past it has been hard to get information, and there’s always been this sense of “we shouldn’t discuss the case before the trial.”
Well, now it is clearly beyond all that. We know what is happening. No excuses
Robert J. Sawyer (SFWA member, SFWA Board of Director, Hugo winner) https://www.sfwa.org/2009/07/16/robert-j-sawyer/
Ed Kramer is one of the kindest, gentlest, most thoughtful people I know — and one of the greatest editors ever in the horror-fiction field. I’m absolutely personally convinced of his innocence, and have invited him to come stay at my home for a visit as soon as this ordeal is over.
I keep harking back to the old Vicki Lawrence song “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia.” To think that in the 21st century lyrics such as this would still ring true about justice in that state: Don’t trust your soul to no backwoods Southern lawyer / ‘Cause the judge in the town’s got bloodstains on his hands.
The district attorneys and judges involved should be ashamed of themselves; what they’ve done to Ed Kramer is on a par with what Mike Nifong did to those lacrosse players in Durham, and they should pay the same penalty. Even if one — mistakenly — believes that Ed might be guilty of something, that he’s being denied the chance to prove his innocence is reprehensible.
Jerry Ahern (former SFWA member)
My wife and kids and I have known Ed for decades. We attended DragonCon in those days when Ed still ran it and knew Ed socially and business-wise beyond the scope of DragonCon. Ed is a fine man. Without beating around the bush, Sharon and I would have trusted our kids around Ed any day of the week. We have five grandchildren and I’d not hesitate a moment to ask Ed to babysit. Ed has gotten a raw deal, his freedom stolen from him without benefit of due process. Terrorists get better treatment than Ed.
Brian Rothery (SFWA member)
Ed Kramer’s case has not gone unnoticed outside of America. Unfortunately many of us see it as one more example (even if one of the worst) of due process being suspended and America having become a prosecutorial police state. Sad for those of us who have long admired a great country.
Harlan Ellison (SFWA Grand Master 2005)
It’s primordial. Gwinnett County behaves as if it’s the 14th century, and it’s the Spanish inquisition. They’re treating Ed Kramer as if he’s the Marquis De Sade for Chrissakes.
One of the most famous members of the SFWA, a female author named Marion Zimmer Bradley, sexually abused her daughter Moria Greyland for decades. Marion, along with her husband Walter H. Breen, who was a convicted child rapist, both subjected Moria Greyland to years of sexual and physical abuse.
To this day, the SFWA has refused to acknowledge these crimes, and even honors the memory Marion Zimmer Bradley and Walter H Breen every year, and celebrates their lives. Moria Greyland wrote about her torturous childhood in the book “The Dark Side Of Avalon”.
Marion Zimmer Bradley and Walter H. Breen
SFWA website still has a memorial dedication to her death. Comments are closed https://www.sfwa.org/1999/09/25/rip-…ley-1930-1999/
In 1950’s and 1964 he was convicted of lewd behavior towards a minor and child molestation. https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/si…lor071908.html
In 1964 in a deposition to police Marion Zimmer Bradley admitted and defended her husband’s behavior
Q.So it was your personal opinion that a boy of 14 to 15 years old was old enough to make decisions about having sex with a 50-year-old man?
A. Yes, I was. I believe so. He was not 50 at the time.
Q. How old was he?
Linked is a timeline of Walter Breen molestation history up until Marion Zimmer Bradley’s death. Interesting note that they both sued the parents of the victim claiming “she knew about the molestation all along”
In 1990 he was arrested on child molestation chargers and received 3 years of probation. A year later he was charged with 8 counts of child molestation (separate victim) and sentenced to 10 years in prison. https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-…813-story.html
In 2014, his daughter Moira Greyland accused her father of molesting her, her brother Mark and a number of other children https://www.theguardian.com/books/20…-accuses-abuse
In 2013 the SFWA named Samuel Delaney as their Grand Master. Samuel Delaney is an author best known for his disturbing and violent novels that often feature stories with graphic descriptions of murder, child molestation, incest, coprophilia, coprophagia, urolagnia, anal-oral contact, necrophilia and rape. His most famous book, titled Hogg, is a story about a child sex slave being raped and tortured. The SFWA adores this man and his vile, repulsive writing.
Peter Bright wanted to have sex with two children, a little boy and girl.
Prominent tech reporter Peter Bright has been arrested for soliciting sex with children online. He was employed by Ars Technica until recently. www.dailydot.com
According to the complaint, both consistently referred to his plans to molest the children as “teaching” them “lessons,” and Bright described how he would begin slowly and move on to more intense sexual activity.
“I’m thinking maybe something involving foreskin is the way to start,” he allegedly said.
The agent writes that Bright inquired about whether the “lessons” were to be heteronormative. When she professed ignorance, he explained, “Does [the Girl] eat flowers and [the Boy] suck snake.” The document says that the agent understood “flowers” and “snake” to mean vagina and penis, respectively.
On his Twitter bio, Bright states that he is “Poly/pan/pervy.”