Sometimes I Hate Being Right

Not that I’ve been following this in any great detail (so forgive any omission of detail on my part), but I have to say I saw this one coming.

John Mark Karr did not kill JonBenét Ramsey. The DNA didn’t match. Looks like he was just a lunatic obsessive desperate to connect himself to the case. I’m not saying he’s an upstanding citizen — especially in light of allegations that he possessed child pornography, set up a website to troll for children, and may have been involved with an underage girl in Thailand — but he’s not guilty of this crime.

With the caveat that I obviously didn’t know everything that the investigators did, I thought his story was pretty damned fishy from the start. Not that I was particularly enthusiastic about believing his family’s alibi stories (especially without any actual evidence for said alibi), but his background just screamed “child-murder-case obsessive,” not “psycho killer.” Added to the inconsistencies and flat-out contradictions in his confession (which, as it turns out, may have been misreported), I couldn’t help but think that this was a case of wishful thinking.

It would have been nice, for the family’s sake, if they had been able to finally resolve the case, but from what I did hear, I was pretty sure this wasn’t going to be that resolution. I never claimed any certainty, of course, but if I had to bet on it, I would have done so without a whole lot of hesitation.

What gets me is how quickly people switch their positions. First, it was that the parents did it, or at least someone in the family. And then a few weeks ago, pundits were screaming about how nobody was going back to apologize to the parents — after all, now they had their man! I’m curious to see what they say tomorrow.


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