Three years ago, in February of 2018, a man was being convicted in the Superior Court of Alaska, located in the city of Anchorage, for a crime done out of revenge: Jason Vukovich, a forty-three-year-old man, had used Alaska’s online Sex Offender Registry in 2016 to find people living near him who had been sentenced for sexual abuse of minors, and he proceeded to beat them up.
He had also stolen from these people and exposed them to their sometimes-unknowing neighbors, all in an attempt to revenge the own sexual and physical abuse that he had suffered at the hands of his stepfather during his childhood.
His case became a significant news sensation in Alaska, where many people thought that his heart was in the right place, even if his actions weren’t.
Some went on to call him a ‘hero,’ and he had even seen himself at one point as an “avenging angel seeking justice.”
Keep reading and find out more, decide for yourself if he fits that definition or not, as we review ten facts on Jason Vukovich’s case, the pedophile-beater of Alaska.
10 Five Days Of Rage
A man with a tough life (we’ll get to that later), Vukovich’s unsolved traumas and the resentment that had been building up within him during all those years, exploded in June of 2016 when he started visiting the convicted pedophiles that he had listed in a notebook under his handwriting.
He broke into their houses and attacked them with his fists, which eventually escalating to shooting them with a hammer, as in the case of one of them, sixty-seven-year-old Wesley Demarest.
Demarest was left with brain injuries and is now unable to speak clearly, as a consequence of which he lost his job and faces eviction from his house.
9 Failed Vigilantism: Wesley Demarest
At first, Jason Vukovich described himself as “the avenging angel” of the children hurt by sexual offenders.
Yet now, after learning the extent of the damage caused to Demarest, he stated that he “regrets that deeply,” as it has been known that Demarest had been already condemned and that he had served his sentence.
He had a job delivering motor parts and volunteered at a local church where he had already informed everyone of his past crimes.
“All I’ve been doing for eleven years has been regretting every moment of my crime, and not a day has gone by that I don’t think about it. I didn’t feel I deserved it, but I guess I do. I guess my punishment isn’t over yet”, he stated to the press.