Steve McNair's dead, so is Sahel Kazemi, a 20-year-old woman. It's not going so far to suggest the two had some kind of relationship. Now you have four fatherless children, a widow, and grieving acquaintances on all sides attempting to reconcile the pieces of all of this into some kind of sense. It is horrible. It is also the sort of thing that, in lieu of actual information, spurs blogs into some of the most obscene rhetorical gymnastics imaginable in an effort to write something, anything about the case.
First up: Inspector Hercule Poi-Bro, aka Brooks, who seems Geraldo-bent on solving this case singlehandedly, even if he happens to be doing this from the long end of a cable modem.
Interesting to note that Nasvhille police have still not confirmed that Sahel Kazemi, the 20-year-old mistress of Steve McNair who was found dead with him on Saturday, was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
No, that's not really interesting. It's called being careful, something the police are supposed to do when people get killed. Just a little ways down, it gets worse. Ask a trial attorney, and they will tell you that one frequent question in cases involving forensic evidence is "Do you watch CSI a lot, or any other crime shows like it? This is why saying "yes" will disqualify you from duty:
BALONEY. The police will know the results of those toxicology tests in a couple days. Not to mention the gun registration. The local authorities are sandbagging the timeline to get the media off their back in the case. So we’ll forget about it - and allow them to be more effective in the investigation. And that’s fine by me.
Nice to grant your permission, Brooks. They'll sleep better in the interim between now and whenever they get those toxicology tests back, which by the way are not processed by beautiful people instantly in neon-lit labs like on the television, but are instead thrown into a backlog with the other samples for difficult and extremely time-consuming testing. Seven to ten days is considered a fast turnaround for a private lab; a government one can take even longer.
In between flashing his PhD from Horatio Caine University and offering up media/police conspiracy theories, he's also posting pictures of the dead woman in a bikini with the "Sports By Brooks" logo on it. But at least he's not actively accusing people of being accessories to murder on his website. No one would actually do that, right? Au contraire: take it away, Jason McIntyre!
Our money’s on her jilted ex-boyfriend being somehow connected or the mysterious boyfriend of the girl who allegedly made the ‘roofie’ claim.
Back away from the keyboard and think about that for a moment. You just accused someone of being connected to at least one confirmed murder, and possibly with another. Dismiss the morality or immorality of even going down that path for an instant, because as a blogger I have very little to do with morals. Just consider how completely irresponsible saying this in public is. (If not legally actionable as libel in some states, which according to a few lawyers I talked to while writing this up, it totally is. Buckle up, TBL!)
Consider the colossal stupidity of this, the Nancy Grace-style inanity of turning a horrid murder and possible (hey, look! qualifiers based on reported evidence! Go figure!) second murder into a guessing game for your own amusement. Those are real people, with names, and addresses, who you just suggested had a hand in murdering someone. Even if turns out they did, suggesting this is wrong in three planes, an ethical, legal, and intellectual face-plant into a steaming dungpile of braindead irresponsibility. I, a whore who writes for money on the internet, am appalled. That's like making a coroner queasy: It's not easy to do, and when done requires something spectacular.
At least Brooks is just speculating wildly and posting pics of a dead girl in a bikini seven times a day. That's merely being exploitative, which is distasteful but stops shy of betting someone is involved in a murder.
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