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Re: “After Fifteen Years, the Michael Peterson Case Concludes But Provides Little Closure

Dude is a rich white man who could afford good representation. What about the truly innocent people who can't access that help & are languishing in prison?

If he didn't kill Kathleen I'd like to know what did. The stupid owl theory doesn't cut it, nor does "she fell down the stairs". Elizabeth Ratliff might have legitimately fallen down the stairs but Kathleen did not. I think he got the idea for this type of murder from Liz's 1985 fall. He's made some seriously disturbing comments before & was likely desensitized to killing after his stint in Vietnam.

From Amybeth Berner:

"Michael had told me that he'd been in the CIA at some point and had point-blank murdered someone while he was in Vietnam. That concerned me. Then later on, I believe it was the summer of '84, my husband and I had lost custody... um -- we won custody of his two children and they weren't returned, and Michael came to me at that point and he said that he had connections, and if I wanted to have her knocked off he would do that. And I told Michael that, that wasn't a way that I would operate. I went to my husband at that point and told him what he had offered to do."

Source: http://vanceholmes.com/court/trial_mp_evidence.html

Posted by Jane Doh on 06/24/2017 at 9:20 PM

Re: “A Requiem for David McKnight: Prodigy, Journalist, Politician, Homeless Street Musician

This is a wonderful tribute to David. David was in my class at Duke and was one of my best friends. He played an original composition on his viola. not violin, at my wedding. We nicknamed him "the Shadow" because he was always taking trips. He would disappear for a while and then return to re-enroll at Duke. He finally did graduate. I was there for the Senate campaign. He visited all 100 counties in North Carolina. I was also there when he worked for the Durham Morning Herald. He was a great writer. I lost track of him after I moved away from North Carolina in 1976. I am sad to learn about his descent into mental illness, although there were harbingers of that when I knew him. I am glad to know that he brought so much pleasure to the residents and students in Durham. He was truly a light in the world and he will be sorely missed.

Posted by John Scott 1 on 06/24/2017 at 4:38 PM

Re: “June 21 Crossword Solution

A few quibbles with this puzzle which went a long way for 6 theme answers. 48A is not on the current list of USPS acronyms. The clue for 35D is for the homonym CLEWS not the answer CLUES. Some of the other clues needed tighter editing, ex. SERIC- is a prefix combing form, not a word.

Posted by Michael Field on 06/24/2017 at 11:22 AM

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