A random murder takes place in an isolated home in a small, sparsely populated community and the media’s primary response is to focus on the tragic nature of the incident, which is to be expected. Another murder takes place in an urban location with sufficient indications that the crime was by no means random, but rather a targeted act of revenge and the media asks people in the community just how much MORE they fear for their lives; sadly, also to be expected. Keep in mind that any analysis shows that the first crime is filled with clues as to how the very location of the crime was a driving force in its coming to pass whereas in the second it is clearly behavior which marks the victim.
Official reports documenting the rural home invasion state that entry was gained to the home via the garage and that the home was targeted because the perpetrators sought an older vehicle so as to avoid the location technology present in newer cars. The wheelchair bound 77 year old and her 95 year old spouse apparently still had a car and needed a car because they lives miles and miles from any food outlets on streets without sidewalks. Had they not owned a car they would not have been targeted, had they not had a garage or driveway in which to park the car the passing criminals wouldn’t have known to associate that particular car with their home, had they not had a garage to enter through entry might have been more difficult for the assailants, and had they not lived in a detached home their gruesome torture might not have lasted for “hours”.
On the other hand, the “victim” of the urban homicide had 10 pending charges dropped in district court due to his status as deceased. The testimony of witnesses to the murder and the violent nature of the allegations pending in court against the victim certainly leave very little doubt as to the lifestyle of the late 28 year old.
The conclusion from the media ignores all of this and runs with the idea that city residents should live in fear…whether or not they’ve attempted to murder someone in the last year…and most of the time it’s perfectly safe for a wheelchair bound 77 year old and her nearly centenarian husband to live an isolated auto-dependent life.
The truth is, if Yonaides Pichardo had been in Orange, Mass last week he’d probably still be dead, but if Thomas Harty had lived in Springfield, or even in “downtown” Orange, he’d still be alive.