Sunday, January 15, 2006

To inquire about the case

They've now caught the second guy in connection with the murder of David Rosenbaum. Well, 'caught' isn't quite the right word (my emphasis throughout in bold):

"Police have released the name of a second man charged in the death of New York Times reporter David Rosenbaum.

DC police say Percy Jordan Junior was arrested Friday afternoon, shortly after walking into a police station to inquire about the case. He's charged with felony murder."

This is moving from tragedy to comedy and back to tragedy at a rapid pace. You have to remember the tremendous pressure on the D. C. cops to solve - and solve quickly - the murder of a prominent white man in a white neighborhood. The social ecology of Washington works because it is really two cities, one with a murder rate like Bogota or Baghdad, and the other where Very Important White People live, where murder isn't allowed.

The murder weapon should be an issue. From the New York Times January 13 article:

"The authorities attributed the cause of death to blunt force trauma to his head, neck and body. Detective Paci said that robbery was the motive and that Mr. Hamlin had promised to lead officers to the murder weapon. The weapon was described as a bat or a pole."

The Washington Post article of January 13 said:

"Shortly before 9 p.m., police escorted a handcuffed Hamlin to look for a weapon - possibly a bat or a tire iron - that may have been used in the slaying. It was not clear where they went."

Now, it's a metal pipe:

"Court papers show that Hamlin told investigators that another man beat Rosenbaum over the head with a metal pipe and Hamlin took his wallet."

It's been at least a week since I killed somebody by coshing them on the back of the head, but I can still remember what weapon I used. I wonder why these guys can't.

Finally, something else to ponder:

"Police have also been faulted for not roping off the crime scene after learning early the next morning that Rosenbaum had been assaulted. They did not secure the scene until just after 11 a.m., friends of the Rosenbaums have said."

It's not like the D. C. cops have never had experience with a murder scene before. Allowing crime scenes to be contaminated is one of the key signs of conspiracy. The intention is to make it impossible to find evidence disproving guilt of the patsies.