News The Mind of the Public
posted by August 31 at 11:25 AMon
The Bare Facts Of The Crime
A woman marries a man. Five days later, the woman is murdered and her new husband is the only suspect. The cops, however, donít have enough evidence to throw him behind bars. He is released. A few days ago, the man turns up dead in a basement. Suicide is the suspected cause of his death. The case is now almost closed.
The murdered woman and the man who was her husband for the first five days of July are Canadian East Asians. The woman was 40; her man was 34. The woman was a popular principal at a Surrey school; the man was something of a drifter, a good-for-nothing with a violent past. The principal knew about his past.
Of course the public blames the woman. She committed the original crime: the double transgression her class (professional) and her age group (40 to 50). If she had married a man who was older than her (preferably widowed with kids), and of the same social standing has as her, she would not have exposed her delicate body to the deadly heat and beast of a much younger man. We know the mind of the public; we know what it’s saying at this very moment: Not him in the basement, but her in the grave. She should have known better.
The public feels safer when it can blame the victim for something that in truth was entirely out of his/her control.