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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Guilty or not?

What a scary police state we live in sometimes. I was watching "The Inside Man" the other day, and the police questioned everyone involved. Let's change that to manhandled everyone. A Sikh gets his turban removed and not returned (a highly offensive maneuver); everyone is treated as a suspect. I understand that they did not know who was a bad guy and who wasn't, but haven't the people who just were held hostage in a bank robbery been through enough? Geez, and then to be accused and beaten about by the police after. No wonder so many people have trust issues with law enforcement.

So they found JonBenet Ramsey's killer, at least the man who after being arrested, claimed to have killed her and that it was "an accident". They traced him to Thailand after the emails he'd been exchanging with some JonBenet documentarist for the past two years turned ugly. Didn't anyone question why this random guy was emailing her? And to get off topic for a moment, is it possible that this guy is so delusional that he thinks he did it? He is a pedophile and a child porn afficiando. He may have known or been aware of the Ramsey's from their time in Atlanta, where he lived as well. Maybe the murder caught his attention because he knew (of) them and after a while, he got so delusional that he believed he did it. I don't know. I just think it is bizarre how long this has taken and how he just openly admitted that he killed her after all this time. Smells to me of those people who confess to crimes just for the attention. But maybe he did it. If they still have the DNA from the crime scene, they can compare it and know for sure.

My point with the JonBenet case is that they blatantly attacked the parents for it. Her mother died just a few months ago with the accusation that she murdered her child over her like a black cloud. Isn't it awful enough to lose your child, especially in such a horrific manner, but then to have to suffer through the notion that you were the one to do it? I understand that many of the children murdered in their homes are killed by someone in the family circle, but there has to be a better way of managing these types of cases. It all leads back to the question of is it better to execute an innocent man, or let a guilty man go.


Anonymous Lucky said...

I think that's a no brainer, it's better to let a guilty man go.

I might be wrong but I think the guy confessed because he was caught for some sex crime in Thailand, where the justice system is really harsh. He probably WANTED to be sent to US authorities, where he might at least escape with his life.

8/17/2006 12:30:00 PM  
Blogger Velvet said...

First, my parents who are infamously awesome at movie pics, said "The Inside Man" is fantastic, and a must see. They are better than the Ebert Roper duo.

Second, I managed a popular Italian restaurant in Atlanta when the Ramseys lived there, and they came in several times a month. Not that one thing has anything to do with the next, but they are incredibly sweet people. I felt awful that they were under that suspicion for it and trying to get on with their lives while everyone just whispered and hush hushed around them.

8/17/2006 12:36:00 PM  
Blogger MG said...

Who's innocent?

8/17/2006 02:49:00 PM  

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