Rough day for bodies
the day's wire stories.
I almost feel sorry for the South Lyon 17-year-old girl accused of
firing a BB gun at school buses. Charged with a felony, I wonder what
the damages were. She'll pay for the damage if convicted (one story
said her father reported the girl admitted to admitting to the
shootings but did so only to cover for friends, not knowing the
ramifications of signing the police statement.) We'll see, but if
someone gets convicted they will likely pay fines and have their
records cleared if they stay out of trouble.
They should anyway, after I found these stories on the AP wire:
1. In Jackson, Michigan, a man's conviction for the 1999 slaying of
his wife will not be thrown out. The man, Kevin Artz, claims now that
his attorney should have used this defense against charges he killed,
chopped up and then cooked his wife — that he was in a marijuana-
induced psychosis when he did so. I cannot avoid making a mention of
a 'munchies;' I'm sorry. He committed the crime at a restaurant they
owned, so I'm guessing the cooking was part of the hiding/eliminating
of the body and thus evidence. The story did not mention him eating her.
2. In Ohio, a man already in prison is facing new charges of having
sex with the bodies of dead women while he worked at a morgue. He is
serving three years already (half of it for violating parole for a
prior drug case), and DNA led to the new charges. But because he
worked their 16 years and DNA was not collected for so long,
prosecutors suspect he may have violated more than 100 bodies. The
drug case, by the way, led to the DNA sample being given, opening up
the man's past deeds to investigators.
3. This one is not worse than the prior one, but it is puzzling and
I'm sure very frustrating for family and law enforcement leaders.
Funeral workers discovered that a person who had supposedly died of
natural cause in fact had three bullet holes in his body, two of them
in his head. A paramedic thought initially that natural causes were
to blame do to being told about a heart condition and finding
medications; plus, there was not much blood. Officers agreed, and
detectives were not called. By the time they were summoned, family
members had cleaned the home. D'oh.
I'd say a BB gun offense with only property damage is just small
potatoes in a world with such vicious, disgusting and perplexing