Want to know why I haven’t said anything about the sniper yet? Well, other than the fact that my daughter, my sister and her family, and my wife’s sister and her family are all in the area and I live with a dull fear in the back of my skull every moment, what is there to say? I want the person caught and disposed of yesterday – everything else is just idle speculation:
- Hour after hour, day after day, they fill the airwaves with chatter about someone that no one knows.
Never have so many said so much that could be so wrong.
They are the sniper experts, the former this and that – detectives and profilers, psychologists and pathologists – who feel perfectly comfortable analyzing the motives and thinking and lifestyle of the man who is terrorizing the Washington suburbs. If he is a man. And if he’s just one person.
How do they do it? Telepathy? Tarot cards?
And why do anchors insist on asking them questions about the mystery shooter that no can answer?
Events keep proving them wrong – they kept dwelling on the significance of the killer taking off weekends, until the shooting in Ashland, Va. Saturday night – but that doesn’t deter them. They were back on the air within minutes.
These guests must be smarter than anyone can imagine. Let’s start our review with Fox News.
Forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht: “Well, I think this person is, obviously, a pretty disturbed individual, psychotic but well controlled.”
Fox’s Alan Colmes: “Jack Trimarco, will this person strike again?”
Trimarco: “He’ll strike again. Hopefully, he won’t kill again, but he will be apprehended or killed, or, as I said, turn the gun on himself at the scene of his last shooting.”
Former D.C. detective Howard Miller: “When he’s not killing, he’s reading about himself in the paper, he’s watching the news, and he’s getting the notoriety that he’s perhaps never had in his life.”
Former FBI man William Daly: “This person now is, I believe, addicted to the coverage, addicted to this method of behavior. . . . I think he’s sitting on his couch, on the end of his bed, on – you know, on his Lazy Boy watching us and saying, ‘Look at what I have. Helicopters in the air. I have police running around. I have SWAT teams.'”
Former L.A. detective Mark Fuhrman: “This guy is very media savvy.”
Okay, here’s Northeastern University professor James Alan Fox on NBC’s “Today” show:
“It still seems like this is a man who’s enjoying the fact that he can terrorize millions of people.”
Matt Lauer: “This is completely hypothetical, as all these questions are. Knowing what you do about this type of personality, how might this end? Is this the type of person, based on the ‘I am God,’ the tarot card, that–that would be taken alive in your opinion?”
“Well,” said Fox, “I don’t think this person’s going to kill themselves. I think he probably has a much greater sense of himself, he thinks he’s too important to take his own life. There may be a shootout with the police, or perhaps the police will get him alive.”
Now let’s try CNN.
Larry King: “Is he definitely angry? And he is definitely crazy?”
Criminologist Jack Levin: “Well, he’s definitely not crazy. . . . This sniper is either ex-military or law enforcement or one – or law enforcement wannabee.”
Robert Ressler, former FBI profiler: “And I think he’s already planning the next one.”
The two returned for another King show.
“I think he’s sending this message about his anger toward a whole cross-section of America. . . . He may be married, he may be playing with his children, watching football on Sunday,” Levin said.
King cut to the chase: “Would he be inclined to watch this program?”
“I think so, Larry,” Ressler said.
I think so buttplug. Thanks to Howie Kurtz for the announcement about the emperor and his lack of raiment. None of these clowns know anything more than the wino in the alley, but they slur a little less and smell a little better so they get to go on TV and babble on and on. Perhaps there is some comfort in the drone rather than the naked silence thatwould leave us alone with our thoughts, but every once in a while, please shut the hell up.