Would that the fictional Sherlock Holmes were animated in pixels today. His axiom above now bearing sufficient mass to bend light. Though like the white cis-bigoted Holmes himself, his process of logical deduction slouches in shame under modernity’s priggish leer. For what could he ascertain aside from the trifles of guilt? I don’t think Doyle penned a single tale in which Holmes successfully mined a crime scene for prohibited bias. And to what other objective do men of the law toil? Though it is only through digesting such antique methodologies that we come to a fully blossomed appreciation for contemporary criminal justice. A man must suckle before he swigs. And he must find facts before finding hate. Let’s snuggle in close this stormy night to read.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) – A 20-year-old man accused of killing his former supervisor at a North Carolina community college carried out a “calculated plan,” according to police.
Let’s pause there. As laymen of modest faculties and imagination, we can envision this killer’s “calculated plan.” We may infer these calculations included elaborate planning, disguises, deception, and diversion. Perhaps with accomplices and red herrings to veil the escape. There might be pre-littered parcels bearing cash, weapons, and fake passports. This culminating from months of planning, organization, and rehearsal.
Kenneth Morgan Stancil III fired one round from a 12-gauge shotgun at Ron Lane, 44, after the Wayne Community College print shop director arrived for work on Monday morning at the campus in Goldsboro, North Carolina, police said.
Or maybe he just shot the guy as he walked into work.
“I can say with confidence that Mr. Stancil had a calculated plan and he in fact carried out that plan,”
Alright, alright. He had a calculated plan. That plan was to walk into work with a shotgun and shoot the victim upon arrival. But he was calculated about it.
Stancil’s mother told a local television station that Lane, Stancil’s former boss at the school’s print shop, had made unwanted sexual advances toward her son while he was enrolled in the school’s work-study program.
(Police) on Tuesday said they are investigating the shooting as a possible hate crime.
See this is where Holmes would have fallen far short. Upon unraveling the calculations of Stancil’s labyrinthine plan, the detective would have announced the identity of the assailant and promptly retired to his brandy and women. But this is merely the beginning of a modern investigation. The art is in coaxing out those ethereal filaments of hate.
“We’re absolutely investigating that possibility,” Goldsboro police Sergeant Jeremy Sutton told reporters at a news conference.
The sergeant declined to say what specific biases were being considered in the hate crime investigation.
Do you remember nothing from Holmes? These investigators can’t just frivolously speculate on what manner of malevolence may have lurked in the mind of a murderer. From a Scandal in Bohemia:
It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.
And NO ONE in the contemporary West modifies positions to accommodate cherished theories. So before another thought is given to whom or what he hated, the police department will conduct pet scans of his brain, consult spiritual mediums, and present the defendant with numerous Rorschach images in a controlled environment. Oh, and they’ll also ask every acquaintance whether he ever said ****** or ******. (Sotto Voce) That last piece is critical. So we see that advanced techniques and algorithms can be deployed to peer into an otherwise shuttered psyche and create three dimensional images of the subject’s internal hate topography. This providing police, prosecutors, and juries with the scientific evidence upon which to build a thought conviction.
So if Stancil had any ruminations more nefarious than those of an Eagle Scout, they will assuredly be excavated.
Stancil’s mother told television station WNCN that her son, who had earned the rank of Eagle as a Boy Scout, was angry about his dismissal.
Sweet Jesus, he was an Eagle Scout! Though at least detectives can mercifully eliminate one hate vector. Both the victim and assailant were white. So we may be spared the chorus line of rhyming reverends, goodboy mamas, and subsidized protestors. Thank God for tender mercies. Wait, what’s this last item?
Sutton said detectives also were looking into whether the former student with no prior criminal arrest record had any affiliation with white supremacy groups.
Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?
To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.
The dog did nothing in the night-time.
That was the curious incident.