Let’s take a look at Walter J.Palmer. the now infamous dentist that killed a beloved lion on a hunting trip to Zimbabwe this month. The dentist paid a years salary by some standards, $55,000 for the “privilege” to hunt animals in the African nation. As word got out that the beast named Cecil was killed by the American male, he became the most hated man on the globe. Surpassing Osama bin laden. When you figure the terrorist had hundreds of thousands of supporters, in areas that are a hot bed of terrorist activity, Palmer has less than 50,000 supporters across the entire planet earth. Think about that a second.
Palmer has issued a statement apologizing for what he did yet blamed the guides whom he hired as leading him astray. That apology rings hollow when you take a look at his past, which includes sexual harassment and fines for illegal hunting .
Let’s deal with the sexual harassment charge first. It was an accusation. A female employee claimed he repeatedly made comments about her breasts,butt and genitalia. She asked him to stop as it was making her uncomfortable. Would you appreciate your wife or girlfriend or even your mother to be subjected to this environment? He fired the woman and then paid $127,500 to settle her claim. If you are not guilty, you fight it., rather than take it to trial he settled, so he admitted what he did . This was an ongoing problem with Palmer, not just one or two comments.
But now the hunter is the hunted and is in hiding. He is a criminal. He served a year of probation for lying about where he shot a bear in 2007. It seems the bear was killed 40 miles outside of a hunting zone. He lied to investigators, got himself arrested and paid a fine. Prior to that he was cited for fishing without a license. That means he knew a license was required but Walter J.Palmer thought he would not get caught. Yes it was a relatively minor charge but taken in totality with his past, it seems as though Palmer has a habit of doing what he wants to do and hopes that he will not get caught. He keeps breaking the law and blaming other people, hoping for a lenient sentence.
Now the internet has caught up with him and made him a pariah. His dental practice is closed and he is demonized by the community of Minneapolis where he is from. It is not safe to open the practice as the chance of an active shooter coming in are very real. His YELP page is full of outraged people across the planet earth. He is a fugitive, refusing to speak with Zimbabwe officials. If they swear a warrant out, you can bet animal loving mercenaries will take him down and illegally transport him to face charges, free of charge. If he is innocent, he should be on the next flight back to present himself to authorities. Instead, he has ensconced himself in a hotel in the twin cities area, trying to wait out the storm.
From Jimmy Kimmel to Vic Dibitetto he has been vilified and basically ostracized from society. Palmer does not hunt for food, he hunts to kill animals, and he will cut their heads off as a souvenir. He thinks it’s fun and he enjoys it. Now,some members of congress have gotten involved and may ask for a Federal Investigation into his hunting to see if he broke any more laws while he was involved in killing Cecil the Lion. His wife and children are also bearing the brunt of the storm with many internet posters wondering how she could marry a person that loves to kill defenseless animals. They are also drawing comparisons with his love for killing big game to the size of his penis.
Cecil the Lion was being tracked by researchers at Oxford University. When Palmer realized he killed a lion with a tracking device he and his hunting guides tried to disengage the device from the lion’s body to hide it. Again, it goes back to his past of trying to get away with doing something and hoping he won’t get caught. This time his past and the internet caught up to him.