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I really tried to avoid the Caylee case. I usually get into these things. But I've found that the legal system is so messed up, it frustrating me.

For example, a boy disappeared in Balboa Park. The stepfather or boyfriend of the boys mother (I forget which), said he went to buy a Coke and left the boy at a park bench for 15 or 20 minutes.

They couldn't find the body. They couldn't charge the guy. Now, why they didn't charge him with...oh, I dunno...neglecting a child, child endangerment, or something. He ended up moving to the mid-west, and last I heard, got arrested on some other charge (I think it was murder, but I'm not positive).

So when I heard the different things about the Caylee case, I just ignored most, so I wouldn't get emotionally involved. I heard she didn't report the child missing for a month. I heard they recorded conversations with her from prison, and she didn't seem upset that her child was gone.

She mentioned people involved around her place, that didn't check out.

But when things got really weird, was when some bounty hunter that has a TV show (that isn't named "Dog"), paid her bail. He did interviews saying he didn't think she killed her child.

It was his logic that made me want to post anything about the case. He said he couldn't believe a woman would kill her own 3-year-old.

Insane. Why do people have such a hard time believing this stuff? It happens every day. Parents kill their kids. Kids kill their parents. Cousins shoot cousins.

A comedian I saw in New York said...he was surprised a woman was scared as he ran for the subway. She started running, and it looked like he was chasing her. He said, "Look at my face. I look like a 15-year-old boy, even though I'm an adult now. But, I gotta remember...adults rape people."

It's one thing if her own family can't conceive of the fact that she may have killed her daughter, or gave her away, or whatever. But everyone else in society should stop being so ignorant in cases like this. It's the reason jurors are filled with people that let O.J. off the hook.

And tonight, I saw the Roman Polanski documentary. It was interesting. It still doesn't hold a candle to the better documentary, Man on Wire (mentioned in a previous blog).

I always thought Polanski should be sent back here to serve jail time. And, the movie brings up some interesting things the judge in the case did. Both sets of attorneys agreed the judge did some bogus things against Polanski. But you know what? That doesn't change the facts: he gave alcohol and drugs to a 13-year-old girl. He then sodomized her against her will.

Now, I feel horrible that Polanski lost his parents in concentration camps, and then his beautiful pregnant wife to Charles Mansons crew. And, I love many of his great films (Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, etc). But...it doesn't explain why everyone in Hollywood still flocks to work with this guy.

And why they think these charges should be dropped.

Do these same actors/producers/directors watch when Dateline does that "To Catch a Predator," and say "Oh come on, let the guy go. He made a mistake, meeting a girl on the computer he thought was 12." No, they probably want to see that guy fry.

Why does a celebrity get special treatment?

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And...it doesn't even matter if you're a decent moneymaker. Woody Allen films weren't making money for decades, and actors still flocked to work with the man that betrayed Mia Farrow, and married her adopted daughter (whom he had known since she was 10).

Aug. 22, 2008

As to the first half: People are very naive. And very egocentric. It's virtually impossible for most people to think outside their own experience. So therefore, if they were brought up in a fairly normal environment, they think silly things like "All mommies love their babies." Which is just dumb. (If you don't remember the names Susan Smith or Andrea Yates, for example, just Google.)

Lots of women despise their own children, wish they'd never had them, and resent them for being born and putting an end to their career, their partying, their ability to attract men, whatever. This is why some women kill them, or let their boyfriends/husbands do it without much interference. I remember one particular woman killed her kids because her new boyfriend didn't want them. Nice lady. I'm sure the boyfriend was quite a catch as well.

Just too scary for most folks to imagine. The mother image is pretty sacred in most cultures. After all, if you can't trust mom, who can ya trust?

Polanski? Apparently guilty. Apparently a slimeball. And apparently, that never matters to Hollywood if you're a decent moneymaker.

It's a town utterly filled with glass houses, after all.

Aug. 21, 2008

UPDATE: just saw on the news, they re-arrested the mom. Weird. The lawyer is out front, saying he won't talk to the media, or be bullied into making statements.

Aug. 30, 2008

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