On the coroner's slab, Brooke's tattoos told another story. The wind-up angel was impaled with a pin. The kanji on her right wrist was mirrored by a bloody slash across her left. The woman at peace in a flower had been retouched during her stay at the Ranch; she used to be bound and helpless.

Brooke was cremated, the twilight culture of Oklahoma never skipping a beat.

Her mother was arrested in a Tulsa Walmart in 2011 for trying to make meth in the store, the fumes peeling paint off the walls. A scavenger went through her trash, saw the brothel's time cards, and phoned its front office, offering to sell photos and other belongings. A friend went to the Ranch bearing a tattoo of Brooke but stayed only briefly. "She just wasn't very good," Hof says.

He installed a plaque dedicating their stripper pole to Brooke. Sometimes the new girls nervously ask if someone died on the premises. Of course not, Hof tells them. No one died here.

One day, Lewis walked into a club and saw a friend, Montana, on stage with her of-age daughter, showing her moves on the pole. "She wants to do this," Montana told him, "so I figured I'd show her how it's done."

"She had no clothes on," Lewis remembers. "Eight years ago, she called me 'Uncle.'" Jake Rossen

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LazyRoes
LazyRoes

It's fairly simple why the story is written so many times.  Many women are lazy and get used to using looks to get things.  Can't think of a single guy friend who uses looks to get things.

goodguess
goodguess

This  "story" will continue to be written and written again, until our society gets real about sex and the misogynist rhetoric about womens  bodies and womens roles is rewritten.  Always remember this is a sex issue for the men who buy it, but its an economic issue for the women, pure and simple.  And what else can be expected in a culture that devalues women and provides unequal earnings potential out of the gate.  Clearly the previous commenter fits right into the norms.  As for poor Brooke, she was not just another dead hooker, she was a mother, a daughter, a friend, a life that should be honored and remembered and loved as such.....compassion is ALWAYS warranted, in my opinion, even for the merciless.

elvagotrago
elvagotrago

How many times has this story been written?  Yet girls line up, insist they can take care of themselves, then get used like a tissue.

At a certain point, compassion is no longer warranted.  Sterilization seems the only way to break the cycle.


 

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