Son of ‘Dr. Laura’ Accused of Publishing Sadistic War Posts on MySpace

NOTE: Due to a server shutdown on May 22, 2007, the original version of this article was permanently deleted from our database. What follows is back up of a draft of the original. All comments posted to this article were lost.

Laura Schlessinger, the rightwing radio hatemonger, is back in the news. Last week, she told military families to stop whining about life at home while their loved ones are deployed:

In one of the stick drawings, a top-hatted man laughs as he rapes a bound and bleeding woman in front of her family. In another depiction, a man forces a boy to perform oral sex at knifepoint as the child’s mother pleads for her son’s life.

“He could come back without arms, legs and eyeballs, and you’re bitching?”

Now Schlessinger’s son, Deryk, who is serving in the military in Afghanistan, is accused of publishing horrific graphics and messages on his MySpace page:

The MySpace page, publicly available until Friday when it disappeared from the Internet, included cartoon depictions of rape, murder, torture and child molestation; photographs of soldiers with guns in their mouths; a photograph of a bound and blindfolded detainee captioned “My Sweet Little Habib”; accounts of illicit drug use; and a blog entry headlined by a series of obscenities and racial epithets.

The site is credited to and includes many photographs of Deryk Schlessinger, the 21-year-old son of the talk radio personality known simply as Dr. Laura.

On one hand, it’s not surprising that a parent as filled with hatred and rage as Laura Schlessinger would produce a child who is a monster — nonetheless, what Deryk allegedly posted here is beyond shocking:

“Yes . . . F–ING Yes!!!” said one blog entry on the Schlessinger site. “I LOVE MY JOB, it takes everything reckless and deviant and heathenistic and just overall bad about me and hyper focuses these traits into my job of running around this horrid place doing nasty things to people that deserve it . . . and some that don’t.”

Deryk Schlessinger seems to imply he may have participated in, or at least was aware of, war crimes and atrocities:

Deryk Schlessinger’s Web site indicated the 21-year-old soldier is stationed in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where, the site’s author writes, “godless crazy people like me,” have become “a generation of apathetic killers.”

The site indicated Schlessinger’s team has survived numerous mortar, rocket and roadside bomb attacks. It also included several graphic cartoons. In one of the stick drawings, a top-hatted man laughs as he rapes a bound and bleeding woman in front of her family. In another depiction, a man forces a boy to perform oral sex at knifepoint as the child’s mother pleads for her son’s life.

Laura Schlessinger often couches the hatred she spews, especially toward gay people, in rhetoric about “family values,” but her son’s alleged posting about horrific acts he may have participated in is not the first time the reality of her own failings as a family member have made news.

In December 2002, the body of Schlessinger’s estranged mother was found in her apartment months after she had died. Schlessinger’s critics claimed she was a hyporcrite “as she had often chastised listeners who said they had broken off contact with their families, calling them selfish.”

Update: The BRAD BLOG reported in September 2004 that Deryk Schlessinger was among the young GOP goons who were caught on tape roughing up protesters at the Republican Convention in New York.

11 Comments

  • May 23, 2007 - 11:04 am | Permalink

    Anyone have a copy of the myspace page?

  • May 23, 2007 - 11:32 am | Permalink

    Hmm, you sure don’t see this on the Drudge Report or the Fox Nothing Channel! Uh is the US still hunting for Nine Eleven conspirator UBL, because I think he’s in Pakistan. Bush says he’s in Iraq. There was just a nuclear meltdown on the View. These appeasers of the Tyrant are suffering terribly from the cognitive dissoance real real bad!

  • Greg Bacon
    May 23, 2007 - 11:43 am | Permalink

    Server Shutdown? Got the attention of the Reich-Wing Republican Goon Squads again, eh?

    Which means that the one thing they can’t stand is the truth.

    Throw the truth on those despicable bastards and like the Wicked Witch of the West in “Wizard of Oz”, they have a melt down.

  • May 25, 2007 - 7:04 pm | Permalink

    Montecito Journal of Laura&Derek

    Here is a wiki page. Photo’s would be nice
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deryk_Schlessinger

    We know of captures. Some are too gross. Laura wants her psychotic to have privacy. Already their attacking “gay activist” and want everyone to watch A. Idol & O’reilly. Get back ups of anything you want. Disappearing, shutdowns not unusual.

  • fcd
    May 25, 2007 - 8:40 pm | Permalink

    When I went to Radio Equalizer the other day they linked to your page.

    [link]

    After that you were shut down.

    “Also, who vetted the “high school friend”? Is there any other corroboration?
    Until these questions are answered, no one has a case.”
    By Yomi Mizuhara, at 25 May is comment 7.. why the news blackout?

  • whitewash and privacy
    May 25, 2007 - 11:19 pm | Permalink

    Watch O’Reilly get mad at this attack on Dr.Laura. The Army is marching.

    [link]

    —The 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan shuttered the pages on Friday. The Pentagon managed to immediately cleanse all evidence of the MySpace pages, including whatever copies and cached versions were kept by Google and the Internet Archive—
    Is the friend who spoke up in a safe house?

  • R
    August 19, 2007 - 12:49 am | Permalink

    Hey, as of 8-19-07, is Deryk S. guilty or not? What’s the final outcome?

  • Nic
    September 4, 2007 - 3:15 pm | Permalink

    The DoD & Pentagon gave Dr. Laura an award that should have gone to the people who do the hardwork, she loans her name and has a birthday party.

    The Army cleared the enemy, NOT Derk Schlessinger. The MySpace the Army was to investigate was only up about 30 days. Pictures & comments shared by a few friends, the Army says it was Derk or “other people”, a friend. Anyone who’s known him on the internet know it’s him.

    Dr. Laura says any questions ask the Army. The Army won’t say anymore. Lt. Col. Accetta is the same spokesperson who has frustrated bloggers and reporters in Afghanistan. Reputation for about 99% misinformation.

    This is a big FU to Americans and the world. Derk did work in the magazine business and he likes to write. He owes an apology and to explain himself.

  • Tony De Luca
    June 19, 2008 - 2:42 pm | Permalink

    In December 2002, the body of Schlessinger’s estranged mother was found in her apartment months after she had died. Schlessinger’s critics claimed she was a hyporcrite “as she had often chastised listeners who said they had broken off contact with their families, calling them selfish.”

    You are a very misinformed person. First Dr Laura’s mother IS THE ONE who broke off the relationship and not Dr Laura. I will admit that I can’t stand her show for more than 3 minutes BUT to say she is a hate monger is way out there. Seems to me the author of this article is the hater and one of the reasons why I don’t brag about being a liberal these days

  • June 19, 2008 - 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Tony –

    1. I’m gay, and I know hatred when it’s being directed toward me, and Schlessinger is filled with hatred toward people like me. If that’s not being a “hatemonger,” nothing is.

    2. The quote about her mother was attributed to another source. If you have a quibble about it, follow the link and complain to them.

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