Charisma's a dangerous thing. It's easy to get swept up in the enthusiasm of a person who talks a good game and tells you what you want to hear. Sometimes, though, it takes a nasty turn.
A few years ago, James Wilson started a youth oriented anti-gang program in Northwest Pasadena called The Movement. Now, Mr. Wilson is going to trial for the murder of 16-year-old Frank Mitchell, a member of the group.
Wilson approached Timothy Rhambo, an anti-gang activist in Pasadena who helped him get it off the ground. After a few months, though, amid questions of where the money was going that was being collected, Rhambo left. That's when he started hearing the rumors that Wilson was raping teenage boys recruited into the group.
"He told me it wasn't true, that I didn't have to worry about nothing," Rhambo said. "He said he was working on helping (the teens). He made it sound real good."Don't they always?