DragonCon founder Ed Kramer’s child molestation trial was supposed to begin yesterday, instead, he reached a deal with the prosecutor that will allow him to avoid prison. Kramer plead guilty to three of the six counts he was charged with and will serve five years under house arrest. He also has to pay financial restitution to his victims, as if anyone can put a price on child rape.
It’s hard to understand why District Attorney Danny Porter would agree to a deal that results in only house arrest for a monster like Kramer. Porter did say that the deal saved the county and the state of Georgia tremendous expenditures. Kramer supposedly has numerous health problems that would require treatment and care in prison. That’s an awful reason not to put a child rapist in prison, because his medical expenses would be too expensive.
My guess is now that Kramer has successfully avoided prison, his health problems will quickly get better.
On a sidenote, remember in July when the organizers of DragonCon announced that they had finally cut ties with Kramer? Yeah, about that. According to Deadline Hollywood, Kramer was still receiving income last week as a 31% minority owner of DragonCon. What that means, among other things, is that if you went to DragonCon this past Labor Day weekend, you put money into the pockets of a now convicted child molester.
The organizers of DragonCon have issued an official response to the call for a boycott by author Nancy A. Collins of the popular annual sci-fi and fantasy convention. As Collins has correctly pointed out, money earned from the yearly convention still goes to the con’s creator and co-owner, accused sexual predator Edward Kramer.
There has been a great deal of discussion as of late in the community regarding our continued financial connection to Edward Kramer. Please know that we are as troubled by this circumstance as anyone else, but please also know that there is no simple, legal, solution to this matter…if there were, it would have been resolved long ago.
For the record, Edward Kramer resigned from the Dragon*Con convention in the year 2000. Since that time, he has had no role in the direction or management of the convention; however, he remains a stockholder despite our desires otherwise.
Since Edward Kramer’s arrest in 2000, we have made multiple attempts to sever all ties between Edward Kramer and Dragon*Con including several efforts to buy Edward Kramer’s stock shares. Unfortunately, Edward Kramer’s response to our buyout efforts was repeated litigation against Dragon*Con…thus our buyout efforts have been stalled. The idea proposed of dissolving the company and reincorporating has been thoroughly investigated and is not possible at this point. Legally, we can’t just take away his shares. We are unfortunately limited in our options and responses as we remain in active litigation.
The current flood of “information” about this litigation appears to have been taken from the multiple lawsuits against Dragon*Con filed by Edward Kramer and his lawyers (i.e., Edward Kramer’s arguments and allegations, not documented facts). To our dismay, much of this misinformation is being quoted as pure fact despite the reality that a court of law determined that many of the facts and figures provided by Mr. Kramer in his law suits were false, inaccurate or completely fictitious.
It is our sincere hope that the end is in sight and that the upcoming trial(s) in Gwinnett County will provide a resolution of Edward Kramer’s guilt or innocence, and therefore a cause of legally divorcing ourselves from him once and for all.
Since 2000, Dragon Con has been managed by three of the original co-founders, Chairman Pat Henry and board members Dave Cody and Robert Dennis. In that time the convention attendance has grown from less than 10,000 to over 52,000 fans. Our goal has been and will continue to be, to provide the greatest fan driven science fiction/fantasy convention in the world.
We do hope that everyone understands that due to past, present, and possible future lawsuits we find ourselves unable to comment further on any matters concerning Edward Kramer. Please do not construe any future silence on the matter as a lack of concern on the part of the Dragon*Con staff and more specifically, our board of directors.
We will continue to strive to provide the best possible experience for our attendees, volunteers, partners and invited guests alike.
We are, and will remain, for the fans, by the fans.
After reading the statement from DragonCon, the boycott seems even more necessary than before. Now we know for a fact that, as Collins has pointed out, money spent for tickets to DragonCon is going Edward Kramer.
For years now, supporters of DragonCon have argued that Kramer no longer had anything to do with the convention. Now we know from the official DragonCon Facebook statement, this is not true.
DragonCon is just a name. The longer the organizers do nothing to stop profits from DragonCon going to Edward Kramer, the more damaged that name becomes.
As long as DragonCon is a revenue stream for Edward Kramer, I will not attend.
Writer Nancy A. Collins has gone on Facebook and called for her fellow professionals to boycott DragonCon. The reason? Because of the popular convention’s continued financial relationship with its co-founder, accused sexual predator of teenage boys, Edward Kramer. From the original Facebook posted, republished by Stephen Bissette on his blog:
I don’t know about you, but I’ve decided enough is enough. Everyone tells me social media has the potential for creating social change never seen before in human history. Okay, then I’d like to test it by seeing if social media can cut off the flow of money from DragonCon to accused child molester (and the convention’s co-owner) Ed Kramer, who has been using the 150K+ a year he receives each year from DragonCon to avoid trial and manipulate the justice system to allow him free rein to prey upon children, even while under supposed house arrest. All you have to do is publicly declare you will never attend DragonCon again as long as Edward Kramer profits from the convention.
There’s more to the original post. You can either read it on Bissette’s before mentioned blog or on Collins’ Facebook page. I would link directly to the Facebook post, but you must have a Facebook account to see it and I’m no longer on Facebook.
Ed Kramer is a terrible human being. I couldn’t agree more with what Collins is saying in regards to DragonCon and its continued relationship with Ed Kramer. Even though DragonCon is something I would love to go to, I decided a while back that I wouldn’t attend the popular convention as long as Kramer has anything to do with it. That includes receiving money from the profits made from DragonCon.
As long as DragonCon is a revenue stream for Ed Kramer, it will receive no money from me.
By all accounts, this year’s event was a raging success. How many of the thousands in attendance knew they were financially supporting an accused child molester, a man who has spent the last 12 years avoiding justice?
I’m guessing not many.
DragonCon was founded by a man named Ed Kramer. He was first arrested back in 2000, charged with sexually molesting three boys. He’s been able to avoid trial by using and abusing the legal system, claiming all sorts of health problems that supposedly preclude him from assisting lawyers in his own defense.
These supposed health problems also keep him out of jail awaiting trial.
I know you can be too sick to go to work, but who knew you could also be too sick to go to jail?
Atlanta Magazine has a new article about Kramer and his legal shenanigans. It also points out that Kramer is still making money from DragonCon. From the article, written by Scott Henry:
According to court documents, between 2004 and 2006, Henry tried to buy Kramer out—eventually offering as much as $500,000—but Kramer refused to sell without seeing a balance sheet. So Henry simply withheld Kramer’s dividend until he threatened legal action.
“It’s a classic squeeze-out,” says attorney McNeill Stokes, who represents Kramer against DragonCon. Stokes says his client eventually received dividends for 2009 and 2010—although he won’t say how much Kramer received for those or previous years—but was forced to file the second suit last year in an effort to collect his 2011 dividend of $154,000.
So it would seem from the article, if you went to DragonCon last year, you helped put $154,000 in Kramer’s pocket. The people who run DragonCon like to pretend Kramer has nothing to do with DragonCon. That’s simply not correct. He makes money from the event every year because he still legally owns a large percentage of DragonCon.
DragonCon is a for-profit event run by DragonCon/ACE Inc. for the purposes of making money. One of the people getting that money is Ed Kramer.
I said it last year and I’ll say it again: until Edward Kramer has nothing to do with DragonCon, or is acquitted of all charges in a court of law, I will never attend DragonCon.
DragonCon is an annual fantasy/sci- fi convention held in Atlanta every September. It draws over 40,000 people every year. I’ve wanted to attend ever since I first heard about it.
That has now changed.
DragonCon was founded by a man named Ed Kramer. He currently lives under house arrest in Duluth, Georgia, accused of sexually molesting three boys. He was first arrested in 2000, but has been able to avoid trial because of his supposed health problems. problems so severe that he cannot assist his lawyer in his own defense. He may never stand trial.
What are Kramer’s health problems? Emphysema and narcolepsy. His spine is also supposedly degenerating.
Prosecutors claim Kramer is merely stalling. They may have a point. I’m no legal expert, but I’m fairly confident defendants with emphysema and narcolepsy have been able to stand trial before and they will do so in the future. Why should Kramer be treated any differently?
Kramer founded DragonCon. He is listed as the con’s organizer on Wikipedia. DragonCon is not a non-profit organization like many other genre conventions. One might assume then that Kramer benefits financially from DragonCon. Though he sold much of his shares in DragonCon, he is still a minority shareholder of the popular and financially lucrative convention. This means that if you spend money attending DragonCon, you are lining the pocket of an accused child molester who is able to avoid justice because of supposed health problems.
Until Ed Kramer has nothing to do with DragonCon, or is acquitted of all charges in a court of law, I will never attend.