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Martin Chinagorom: The Mind of a Rapist



He prowls, waits and pounces, he devours. A woman’s body is his meat, his play thing. Object! He does not care for a thing in the world. His conscience is dead, he has torn his heart out a long time ago. His reasoning is warped; all these come with the territory. He is sick! Only he does not know it; another malady in itself.

Over the years he has perfected his art, calculating meticulously: the right prey, time and adequate level of brutality per his prey. But of late he has been on self-imposed hibernation. Things are changing for his kind, beast he is, changing for the bad. The good old days, days of free and reckless hunting are coming to an end. He is deeply saddened!

Just last week he was checking in on his traps on Facebook (one of his numerous jungles) when he saw another of those horrible videos that sends bouts of shivering depression through his veins. It had happened in India. Two rapists had been caught in the act. They were tied to the stake in that defenseless position of hands in the sky. Women gathered. Slapping, punching, beating, biting, clubbing, they had asserted their humanity to those two bastards. They had shown they are nonobject. There was the one the week before, another video. He got so angered by it he does not know where it happened, but he remembers their Latino faces and that they spoke Spanish. They had held down a man who had raped a girl. With shoes they beat his manhood, a vengeful torture that left blood escaping the offender’s mouth when he yelped in pain. He was angrier at that video because the retaliators were men. How can men take women’s side in such matters? They must be bloody faggots.

He is that sick… only he does not know it.

He prays for his unfortunate brothers in parts of the world where his kind are persecuted, that they be more careful, that they be more favoured. Favoured much like he was in Port-harcourt when he arranged with friends with whom he preyed and devoured an unsuspecting girl from 2go. He had made a video of the encounter, uploaded it to the internet where it went viral. The video was his statue of victory, his Oscar, a reminder to him of his legacy, and his sadistic reminder to the girl of the day she pled for death that did not come. Her undeath, her curse. It appeased him, the reactions he got from his teeming fans. “What did the girl go there to do in the first place?” “She is an idiot.” “She is a whore.” “She must have enjoyed it.” “She deserves what she got.” “This will teach her a lesson.”

These reviews make him giddy with joy. He dances in victory, a dance better than David’s. But there are the bad reviews that calls him the beast he is. So he goes online to look up rape, research, to seek validation against those dissenting lot. He sees a poll that had asked if it was bad to rape a woman dresses provocatively. 67% say it is bad. 33% say she deserves it. 75% of the 33% are women themselves. He rejoices in this little validation. It means the world to him that women have this opinion. Women! He goes out that evening, to a club this time. Here women dress provocatively. He ignores the opinions that say that a woman owns her body and should be free to wear what she likes. He does not look the other way like some opinions suggest to beasts like him. He waits and preys and devours another that night, his authority being women themselves. He indents his irreparable scar yet again, a scar never to be healed.

He does not think that for every woman he damages, there are three who would have consensual intercourse if approached rightly; that the damage is unnecessary. But it is his power game. Of course he is not aware that real men don’t flex muscles on jewels. That’s what punching bags are for.

Next time, he preys on drunk women. Another survey faults them for their own rape. So a bar becomes his next choice jungle. He never thinks of the women in his life: his sisters, his mother, his aunts, his grandmas, the daughters he would have some day. What if other men objectifies them the way he has other women? His reasoning has no capacity for such thoughts of karma, such thoughts of repentance. He has no care in the world for that.

He is that deluded. So deluded he is re-evaluating his hunting tactics now that hunting beasts like he is are getting horrible but well-deserved jungle justice. He will strike again when he has recalculated.

What he does not realize is that the hottest parts of hell will burn to a million degrees the souls of the likes of him.

Photo Credit: Dreamstime | Birgit Reitz-hofmann

Emeka Chinagorom is an analyst in Washington DC. Born in Onitsha, he studied philosophy in Rome before moving to the United States. When he is not obsessing over food, he is trying to read and write. His short story, NOW THAT YOU ARE BLACK IN AMERICA, won the 2017 Ian McMillan award. Emeka is working on his first novel and some short stories. You can find him on Instagram @emmyemc.


  1. sweet jane

    October 10, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Well written article.Nice work man.

  2. @edDREAMZ

    October 10, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Making sense post no doubt…. Clap for urself…

  3. Colour Purple

    October 10, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    AMEN! It’s still a mystery to me how some women can justify rape, i really don’t get it!

  4. philip izuchukwu

    October 10, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Nice one bro . You deserve some credit for this wonderful article of urs. Keep it coming.

  5. Myne Whitman

    October 10, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    His justice should be here on earth. Forget hell.

  6. Blossom

    October 11, 2014 at 1:45 am

    Thank you Martin. You have said it all. There is not justification whatsoever.

  7. Enlightened

    October 11, 2014 at 2:05 am

    I applauded your amazing, well written narative. Very informative.

  8. hmmmmmm......

    October 11, 2014 at 8:17 am

    I read this with shivers sent down my spine.May cox I had several experiences in the past.I still have some sense of disappointment cox evn d society and family justifies this act (as well as molestations). We are our own bane.

  9. ariyike

    October 11, 2014 at 10:50 am

    This is a wonderful piece…keep it up

  10. Doobi

    October 11, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    nice write up…thumbs up!

  11. mz_daniels

    October 11, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    This was lovely dear.

    There is are other type of beasts though;
    the one who is a close relative and lures young girls less than 10 into dirty acts and later convinces them that it’s their fault cos they’re whores.
    the one who is psychologically abusive to the girls he dates convincing them thet’re nothing.

    As to people who excuse Rape, all I’ll say is ‘Diaris God’ cos rape, it”s a painful and sometimes life destroying behavior.

  12. Ayo Ray

    October 11, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Wow.. This is Nice..

  13. oluwaseun

    October 12, 2014 at 12:47 am

    I didn’t bother to read it all because this article doesn’t portray the totality of rapists. It’s one sided and confusing. Why must it just be “he”? Women rape men. Women rape women. Women rape kids. Men and children (male and female) are also victims. Why do people always leave them out as if women are the only victims of circumstances? This article isn’t complete. It doesn’t depict reality.

    • chizo

      October 12, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      This is what is called gas-lighting or deflecting , how many women rape men? what are the statistics .Overwhelming most rapists are men 99.9% so to say it does not reflect reality is another rape of sorts .Call a spade a spade and stop trying to move the conversation away from what is important to rubbish

    • PurpleiciousBabe

      October 12, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      Ofcourse you wouldnt bother!
      This article was about men that are rapists not women etc..
      Please do not say it is one sided as the article is more of an overview/insight of what goes on in a rapist mind which is reality for most!

      Well written article.

      I pray for healing for any rape victims.

  14. jennietobbie

    October 12, 2014 at 12:55 am

    “Of course he is not aware that real men don’t flex muscles on jewels” ok, Martin, we need to hang out more. Seriously, you are brilliant.!!!!! This is an exceptional article. Keep it up. –Tobechukwu

  15. Miss Leslie

    October 12, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    I love this article so much. Being a Nigerian woman is not easy at all. I have been raped 2x. The first instance i was drunk and the second was someone i was dating. In both instances the burden of blame was put on me, thats why nothing tangible came out of both cases. I never felt so helpless in my life but im glad i have moved on. The pain is still there but buried very deep. Sigh…

  16. Papal Egoist

    October 14, 2014 at 12:51 am

    umm, i see.

  17. Bee

    October 14, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    very good post. we need to stand for what is right and stop blaming the rape victim or the situation.

  18. Ezenwa Opara

    January 2, 2015 at 12:43 am

    Your write ups keeps hope alive. I am thrilled with the systematic narrative sequence you applied to aid your reader’s understanding of the piece. Thanks for bringing unsaid and unspoken words into reality. I am indeed proud of you not only as my very blood buddy but very good friend and mate. Keep it up.

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