Town Keeps Killer's Secret for 30 years


Mowich
#1
Skidmore Journal
Town Mute for 30 Years About a Bully’s Killing
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/16/science/16terror.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=a2

I will be interested in reading any comments that this story might prompt.
 
Goober
#2
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/16/us...?src=me&ref=us
 
Mowich
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by Goober View Post

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/16/us...?src=me&ref=us

Thanks for the direct link, Goob. I accidentally used the one for the nuke story. I felt great sympathy for the citizens of Skidmore who had to put up with such a nasty piece of work. I also felt sympathy for the police who are bound by laws that effectively err on the side of the guilty instead of the victims of crime. In the end was justice served? I think so and I am not usually one who believes in 'frontier justice'.
 
lone wolf
#4
Gotta love a conspiracy of silence. You-lie-and-I'll-swear-to-it and communal lapses in memory are effective means on both sides of the cop car door
 
karrie
#5
When we toured St.Johns Newfounland with 'The Haunted Hike', we heard a similar tale, only a different twist on the conspiracy of silence.

A man, a known pedophile, left a bar one night, and bumped into the specter of a young girl in the alley way. The bar heard his screams of alarm, and half a dozen men or more ran out into the alley in time to see the specter stab him to death. The testimony of all those men was exactly the same, and proved, a ghost stabbed him to death right in front of their eyes.
 
Mowich
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by karrie View Post

When we toured St.Johns Newfounland with 'The Haunted Hike', we heard a similar tale, only a different twist on the conspiracy of silence.

A man, a known pedophile, left a bar one night, and bumped into the specter of a young girl in the alley way. The bar heard his screams of alarm, and half a dozen men or more ran out into the alley in time to see the specter stab him to death. The testimony of all those men was exactly the same, and proved, a ghost stabbed him to death right in front of their eyes.

Justice beyond the grave.
 
karrie
#7
lol.. justice yes... I highly doubt anything from beyond the grave. Just six or so men willing to stick to one story after they dispatched with some justice .
 
Mowich
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by karrie View Post

lol.. justice yes... I highly doubt anything from beyond the grave. Just six or so men willing to stick to one story after they dispatched with some justice .

Truly, I am in conflict with my feelings about taking matters in one's own hands. As is seen in these two cases, justice it seems did prevail. But as has been seen in history, not all 'frontier justice' has played out so equitably. While I quietly applaud the actions of the people in these stories, I do so knowing that my approval may just as easily tell against me when picked up by those who would see this type of justice triumph in all situations.
 
karrie
#9
I know what you mean Mowich.
 
coldstream
#10
I saw an A&E American Justice program on this. Calling McElroy a bully understates the issue, he was a one man crime wave, a rural terrorist, who used fear and intimidation to protect and provide for himself.. and whose charges included attempted murder and rape. It sounds the like mob justice, but in this case, you would still call it justice.
 
shadowshiv
#11
To have an entire town remain silent for such a long period of time just shows how truly despicable this man must have been.
 

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