R.C. Fox

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R.C. Fox with two local radio DJs Mikey and Big Bob at Seven Springs Ski Resort 1-10-2015.

R.C. Fox (real name Carl Richard Kirkwood,[citation needed] born May 6, 1984[1] - died March 14, 2018[2]), was a furry musician, fursuiter, photographer, network engineer, and lead events organizer who lived in the Pittsburgh region close to the Pittsburgh Airport.[1] He was active with the West PA Fur Events, which he maintained,[3] and Pennsylvania Furry Entertainment organizations.

Real life[edit]

In real life, R.C. was a network engineer. He was quite shy and reserved when going into unfamiliar situations, suffering from Social Anxiety disorder and ADHD, but warmed up quickly, he claimed, when meeting other furs or wearing his fursuit. He regularly attended charity events[clarify] and even encouraged others to attend the events as well, to help promote a positive image and bring further attention to the causes they will support. His overall goal was to make others smile and bring the overall mood up of anyone he can.

Fandom involvement[edit]

R.C. The Fox Fursuit reference and color design

R.C. was a furry most of his life. He discovered, and became active in, the fandom in 1997,[4] after searching online for information about foxes to support his beliefs as an Otherkin Therian, and then stumbling across the VCL gallery. He strongly believed he is a fox inside and has admitted at times to acting like one.

Due to personal reasons,[clarify] R.C. took a ten-year hiatus between 2003 and 2013 from the community. During this time, he kept out of the public eye and maintained only an online role under a few aliases loosely based on his fursona character's sayings. He rejoined the group at Anthrocon 2013, and was highly active in the community as a major contributor until his arrest, helping to unify the local furs around Pittsburgh and Erie, PA helping to form the West PA Fur Group.[5]

He was active with the KISS Morning Freak Show DJs on their morning stream helping to promote the local furry group and participate in events. He was featured in the local newspaper's Photo of the Day Section for 10-27-14 during his recent public suiting with another local fur, Xanthos. This has led to his active participation with local media, including the Pittsburgh Business Time's recent[when?] article featuring himself and his friend, Zippo Wolf on the cover page as seen [Fursuit of Happiness].

In 2015 and 2016, he was a member of Midwest FurFest convention logistics staff.

Fursona[edit]

R.C. with Uncle Kage at Anthrocon in 2015

R.C. Fox's fursona, Network Fox, was a mix of 80% red fox, 10% fennec, and 10% Arctic fox. His color scheme was primarily black and white, with seven dark teal-blue stripes along his rear torso which wrap around to the front. There were also stripes along his shoulders to the arms, his ears and the patch of hair on his head. He referred to the stripe pattern as the "3-1-3" (each stripe has a specific meaning attached to a personal life events, such as starting a career, getting married, his lovers and so on). His ears' colors (pink/blue) indicated his sexual orientation, which was bisexual. His fursona design overall, pulled from his life in which it represents.

Fursuit[edit]

R.C. Fox in attendance at FA:U 8

R.C. Fox's fursuit was constructed by More Fur Less (Kishowolf and Sways).[6] It features their signature changeable expressions. R.C. was known to post photos on his Facebook and Twitter accounts in various settings at meets. He was a public fursuiter and could be found suiting regularly around his hometown or at work. His fursuit helped him further express his spirituality as an Otherkin and helped him become more sociable at events.

His fursuit has since taken on new ownership, and is now named Agave. [7]

Convention attendance[edit]

Media[edit]

Music[edit]

R.C. in the late 90s and early 2000 was a rave DJ and live performance artist (mostly under the alias DJ: C, among others, which varied upon the event and/or style of music performed) and producer of (4-12 House Productions) for the Pittsburgh area who was one of many production teams responsible for organizing raves and promoting local DJs.[clarify]

Controversy[edit]

On August 31, 2017, R.C. was charged by Pennsylvania State Police with 20 counts of dissemination of child pornography, one count of possession of child pornography, and one count criminal use of a phone.[16][17] The arrest came after a 2016 confession to possessing about 50 videos of child pornography on his computer, in turn following a 2015 event where a sexual video depicting an 8-year-old child was traced to R.C.'s computer.[16] This became known in the fandom after a docket containing personal information matching that of R.C. was discovered[by whom?] in September 2017.[18][clarify]

The lower courts transferred the case to common pleas after the initial hearing and the trial was held on March 5, 2018.[19] On January 16, 2018 an additional charge was added, Dissem Photo/Film of Child Sex Acts (18 § 6312 §§C),[19] a second degree felony which has a penalty of up to 10 years in prison[20][21]. His final charges were 20 counts of possession of child pornography, 2 counts of dissemination of child pornography, and 1 count of criminal use of a phone [22][19].

On March 14, 2018, R.C. did not show up to his scheduled Special Plea Court, and an active bench warrant was put out for his arrest.[23][19] At that hearing, he was due to enter a plea and be sentenced on his 22 charges.[22] He died the same day.[2][22][24]

Death[edit]

R.C. Fox "passed away suddenly" on March 14, 2018, according to his obituary.[2] Within the furry fandom, his death was reported as a suicide, and linked to a story of an unidentified decedent discovered in a car, as reported in the Times Online (The Beaver County Times).[24] [25] Speculation into his motivations included inability to appeal a conviction or prove his innocence (on the basis of being a victim of network hacking),[24] not wanting to jeopardize his mother's career as a schoolteacher,[24] remorse for his actions,[citation needed] fear of experiencing violence while in prison,[citation needed] and cyberbullying from members of the furry fandom.[citation needed] Most or all of R.C.'s social media had been deleted or blanked in October 2017, several months before his death.[18]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 R.C.Fox's profile on the Fursuit Database. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Carl R. Kirkwood's obituary Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  3. "Other Social Resources for Pennsylvania Furries" Pennsylvania Furries website. Retrieved March 21, 2018.Archive copy.
  4. R.C. Fox's profile on Fur Affinity. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  5. PA Furry Location Database page on the Pennsylvania Furries' website. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
  6. RC The Fox on the Fursuit Database. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  7. [1] Falcy Hedgehog on R.C. Fox's fursuit.
  8. Pittsburgh PG Photos of the Day
  9. FS Pens Section 2014
  10. Pittsburgh First Night
  11. 7 Springs Takeover - KISS FM
  12. FS Pens Section 2015
  13. Pitt Auto Show Daily Events
  14. City Paper article about the B*thces Ball
  15. Post Gazette Article reviewing the event with photos
  16. 16.0 16.1 News article describing arrest and charges.
  17. Criminal docket of Carl R. Kirkwood
  18. 18.0 18.1 "R.C. Fox charged with criminal possession of child pornography" - Sonious for Flayrah. Dated October 20, 2017, retrieved March 21, 2018.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Criminal docket of Carl R. Kirkwood
  20. PA Crimes and Offenses Section 6312
  21. Pennsylvania Felony Sentence Ranges
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Beaver County DA
  23. CP-04-CR-0002092-2017 Court Summary
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 "R.C. Fox commits suicide, regretted taking a plea bargain" - Sonious for Flayrah. Dated and retrieved March 21, 2018.
  25. http://www.timesonline.com/news/20180322/man-found-dead-in-chippewa-twp-was-scheduled-to-plea-in-child-porn-case Man Found Dead In Chippewa Twp Was Scheduled To Plea In Child Porn Case

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