Sunday, May 28, 2006

A Lazy Reporter?

"All I know is what I read in the papers." ~ Will Rogers

From the AP comes this tragic story with one very pointless eye witness account:

Father Throws His Two Kids, Himself Off Balcony

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (May 27) - A man killed his two young children by throwing them off the 15th floor of a landmark South Beach hotel and then jumped to his own death Saturday, police said.

Edward Van Dyk, 43, tossed his two sons, ages 4 and 8, to their deaths around 8:20 a.m., Miami Beach Police spokesman Bobby Hernandez said. Authorities did not release the names of the two boys.

The children's mother, Qinuo, 40, was not physically injured. Hernandez said the family was vacationing from Alton, Illinois, at the Loews Hotel in South Beach, where the couple were celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary.

The only thing I have to comment on in this story, really, besides the obligatory expression of sorrow, is this eye witness account. I do not understand the point of including this in the article:

Hotel guest Christopher Carreras, from New York, who is staying on the 14th floor, said he could see where the victims had fallen.

"They already had tents covering the bodies. You can't see nothing. It's like a big awning," said Carreras.

I'm sorry, but couldn't the reporter have found a witness that had information a little more interesting?

Well, I guess it's preferable to citing an "anonymous source"


Pamela Reece said...

When I first heard this story I was shocked and saddened that this man had to take the lives of two innocent children. Yea, the reporter could have probably found more reliable witnesses, I'm glad I wasn't one of them. If I had been, I don't think I'd be too willing to speak to anyone at all.

Ironically, the bitch who assaulted me and her and insane husband are a couple that I could actually visualize doing such a horrific thing. Last night, 2 County Sherriff cars were in front of their house at around 10pm. I keep waiting for the day when the police are accompanied by an ambulance wheeling one or two bodies in black body bags.

I pray for the family members who lost those children. May God have mercy on the man who took their lives.

Lone Ranger said...

I can't see any valuable information being given by eyewitnesses, other than that the bodies landed on a roof about two stories from the ground. Personally, I would not want to hear testimony from a witness who had seen the bodies, nor would I write it up. The entire story is not newsworthy to me -- at least not on a national scale. News used to be defined as information that affects people's daily lives. Now, it's anything that catches one's interest -- the more lurid the better.