The Wichita authorities just held a very euphoric and thoroughly self-congratulatory press conference in which they announced nothing. And I mean nothing. They caught, or so they say, the BTK killer. They, however, released no name, no information, nothing. Some quick thoughts:
1.) It seemed to me the police and DA were pretty damn pleased with themselves, despite the fact that they only caught the guy because he decided to re-surface. Congrats and everything- but let’s have a reality check here, supercops.
2.) The authorities in the heart of a red state look like a damned rainbow coalition- a veritable living and breathing United Colors of Bennetton. Of course, so does the Bush administration, but we all know what bigots Republicans are…
3.) It seems like this sort of press conference is a bad idea. I know they are happy and all, but isn’t this just the sort of thing will encourage other narcissistic sociopaths?
I agree, the press conference sounded more like a political rally (is the DA or sheriff up for re-election?) than an announcement that they arrested the guy.
Of course, if they got the wrong man or he gets off for whatever reason this whole “rally” looks even more foolish.
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In one of John Douglas’s books (in the mid 90s) he goes into the FBI’s estimated count of serial killers and mentions BTK, with something to the effect of ‘the ones that write letters you’ll catch, but BTK is assumed dead or incarcerated because he dropped off the map’. Looks like the dumb bas***d just couldn’t take getting away with it.