Report of the Virginia Tech Review Panel
(Chapter VII, pp 79-82)
At this point, the police may have made an error in reaching a premature conclusion that their initial lead was a good one, or at least in conveying that impression to the Virginia Tech administration. While continuing their investigation, they did not take sufficient action to deal with what might happen if the initial lead proved false. They conveyed to the university Policy Group that they had a good lead and that the person of interest was probably not on campus.
(That is how the Policy Group understood it, according to its chair and other members who were interviewed by the panel and who presented information at one of its open hearings.)
After two people were shot dead, police needed to consider the possibility of a murderer loose on campus who did a double slaying for unknown reasons, even though a domestic disturbance was a likely possibility. The police did not urge the Policy Group to take precautions, as best can be understood from the panel’s interviews.
I don’t even have to get drunk to be incoherent these days . . . I just open my mouth and start typing.
We’re in week two of a nice little heat wave that has gone far beyond dog days. More like “someone’s going to go over the edge and kill someone else” days.
We’ve already had one interesting little domestic tiff in my neck of the woods that added a Faulknerian or Tennessee Williams motif to the weather. Nothing special compared to the rest of the country, but something to break the routine around here.
And I still sit here wandering between the niceties of C++ and trying to keep my sanity.
My father spent some quality time in the hospital earlier this month after a confluence of bursitis, a cyst in his calf muscle, diabetic complications and other little things that resulted in his collapsing after I brought him home from a doctor’s appointment.
If anything makes you doubt your own mortality in a big damned hurry, try watching the senior chief petty officer who kept your ass in line learning to walk again and thanking you every minute just for spotting for him as he tries to make it out of a chair or up a couple of stairs. He’s going to be okay in a month or so, but it’s just the thing to knock one’s world into a cocked hat.
Today, we took him for the latest round of a year’s worth of eye surgery. He now probably will see better than I will for the rest of my life, but the capper of the day was sitting at a drive-in with him, eating a burger, drinking a milkshake and realizing that the last time we’d done that together was about 33 years ago.
I’m going to go give myself a dope slap and get back to abnormal now.
You’re The Guns of August!by Barbara Tuchman
Though you’re interested in war, what you really want to know is what
causes war. You’re out to expose imperialism, militarism, and nationalism for what they
really are. Nevertheless, you’re always living in the past and have a hard time dealing
with what’s going on today. You’re also far more focused on Europe than anywhere else in
the world. A fitting motto for you might be “Guns do kill, but so can
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In case you haven’t heard today, Virginia took back a record from the likes of the Columbine killers and Charles Whitman – we now are the worst mass killing on a school campus in American history.
While several things are still understandably fuzzy, one interesting point is – at the admission of administrators – why didn’t Virginia Tech campus officials institute an existing e-mail and cell phone warning system when two dead bodies were found in an on-campus dorm and no shooter had yet been identified?
I just finished having this argument with a family member who pointed out that one had to be at the scene to understand the thought processes of those on the scene. To a point, that’s true. But there’s always the point that a university had two dead people on campus and no way of knowing whether or not the perp was still on campus or what his/her intentions were beyond that.
There’s no telling if that course of action would have prevented further loss of life – assuming that the same person committed all the murders – but it sure would have added another variable to the equation for the killer or killers.
Assuming that two dead people in a campus dorm was a domestic issue? I’m sorry, but that’s asinine under any circumstances.