William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Friday, 11, September, 2009

Project 2,996

Filed under: History,In Memoriam — williamthecoroner @ 08:37

Via Crankylitprof, we learn of this site. Too many times, I find, the victims are forgotten. Even when cases go to trial, they are referred to by the name of the defendant (State v. Doe) or the Doe case. The victim is forgotten.

I can understand it, intellectually. The defendant is right there, and his fate is still up in the air. The victim is dead and gone. It’s almost a matter of bookkeeping. It still pisses me off on an emotional level.  I suppose with the system of justice, that is how it has to be, to allow calm heads to prevail, and not make decisions in the heat of the moment.  It isn’t particularly fair to the victim, but nothing more can happen to them.  Society is better served by a bit of dispassion.

In 2001, nearly three thousand people were going about their business when they were killed. They were killed to make a political point, to cause political harm, and to advance the political and religious goals of cynical manipulators for whom the means justify the end. I knew people who died on 9/11/01. I also know the DMORT and forensic workers who had to go in and take care of the rubble.

We recognize differences in intent.  An accidental death is less blameworthy than one that happens in the heat of action, and that in its turn is less blameworthy than a coldy planned killing.  A coldly planned mass murder for policial motives, would seem to be the most blameworthy of all.  At present, I’m not in a particularly forgiving mood. Not for the perpetrators, and not for the other people who would use these deaths and events as a way to curtail civil liberties and advance their own cynical agendas. Go read, and remember.

1 Comment »

  1. I lost three good friends in the Navy Ops Center… Never forget, never forgive…

    Comment by Old NFO — Friday, 11, September, 2009 @ 16:07 | Reply

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