YOU’RE USED TO pre-packaged 500-word news and blog content, tightly written with lots of links and photos. You don’t get that with me.
And I’m prone to Henry the Rooster digressions and Muppets quotes, and I honestly don’t care if your face is glued to an iPhone and you require something short enough to read while waiting to pick your kid up from school.
But today you’re getting something different.
In case you don’t know, the Sherri Papini forum on Reddit is where the bulk of online discussions about this case have taken place. Here’s what I posted last night:
And here are some highlights:
Nothing much to discuss, right. I keep saying that. No progress on this damn case.
But I’m pissed the freakin’ F off right now, and that’s a lot of F letters for someone whose damn keyboard lacks an F key.
The women and children in Redding were scared when news of Sherri’s disappearance broke. We deserve to know what happened a year and a half later, and I’m TIRED of hearing about case integrity.
There’s another kind of integrity, yo. That’s the one I want you to start thinking about.
Here’s an excerpt from a discussion I started in a Redding forum:
I hate being out in the public’s eye. I don’t do social media of any kind, and I keep a low profile. But I’ve written an essay series about the Papini case, and a year after posting the last one I’m back.
And this time I’m angry.
I’m trying to nudge this case back out into the limelight. Sherri Papini shot and killed Mary Poppins, and I’m now pursuing this case with gusto, although I may still digress mid-thought and quote the Muppets. We deserve to know what really happened to Sherri Papini. At the very least we deserve an update.
And more on Sheriff Tom Bosenko:
I’ve been wondering if a different sheriff would have handled this case more boldly.
Bosenko’s approach seems very linear and flat, like he’s been reading a 1980s guide on how to conduct an investigation. But then again I honestly don’t know better, so rather than attack how he has managed this case, the best I can do is let my anger keep me focused on the injustice of his silence.
He’s running for reelection, you know. The primaries are in June. He has virtually no competition, but wouldn’t it be great if he released something new in the weeks leading up to Election Day?
As a followup to the essay I wrote a few days ago, I started a discussion to address some of my questions:
And some quick comments I posted:
I’m very focused in my essays on Sherri as being a victim until we know otherwise. I just can’t vilify someone until I see the evidence. But I can go there in my thinking and assessments. I just want to see at least something come to light that we can point to as undeniable evidence.
The people who have agreed to a conspiracy of silence need to question the selfishness of what they’re doing. This isn’t just about what happened to Sherri Papini; it’s also about what happened to the people here in Redding when news of her disappearance broke.
Someone needs to break that silence, and it doesn’t have to be the sheriff.
I just found an encouraging comment in the forums from someone who spent the last couple of days reading my entire Sherri Papini essay series, including the new additions. This was my response:
You’re brave to hang in there and read all of those ramblings. I feel like I should buy you some eye drops or something.
But thank you for your kind words. I’m feeling like a Lone Ranger, and with so many chores to do before summer arrives, it’s hard spending this much time on something that doesn’t seem to be accomplishing anything. I’d like to think it’s worth it, though.
Let me be clear about something: I’m pissed the freakin F off at Sheriff Bosenko for choosing silence and not giving us an update on this case in the months since he dropped the church video way the heck back in November.
And the relentless daily crime in Redding angers me, too. I’ve experienced a lot directly and I’ve witnessed a lot, and the stories never stop. Not mine or those that end up on Redding Crime 2.0 and elsewhere.
But despite all the garbage you keep reading about, Redding is beautiful. I mean really beautiful. There’s a lot to do here, housing prices are good compared to where we moved from in the San Francisco Bay Area, and good people abound.
They really do.
I just feel it’s time we get some answers and for Sheriff Bosenko to stop talking about case integrity and remember the people he’s paid to serve.
And on that note, see you next time, folks.
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