Friday, August 25, 2006

Mistaken Identity Again.......

The mistaken identity of the plane bomber appears not to have been the first one this week. This women, for some unknown reason save for that she was English living in Northern Ireland, was mistaken for Maxine Carr, the former girlfriend of the Soham murderer, Ian Huntley.

A prime example of what media induced hysteria can do. It brings to mind the vigilante activity in Portsmouth a few years ago, when paediatricians and other innocent members of the public were mistaken for paedophiles.

Besides, it's worth a moment to think about what Carr's crime exactly was. Nobody knows exactly why she covered up for Huntley. She may well have been telling the truth when she said that she did not believe he could be capable of such a thing (to face the fact that you have been living with a murderer can't be a run of the mill task). Whatever the case, she was not guilty of killing anybody, he was.

But it seems issues like this prevent some people from being able to think rationally.


China Blue said...

Good point about Maxine Carr - her crime was to be incredibly stupid, misguided and in the thrall of a man who was deeply, deeply unpleasant - at best - before he committed the murders.

I've enjoyed reading your blog so far - I'll be back!

Liz said...

Thanks, China. Indeed that was all her crime was, which she is not the only woman to have been guilty of. A lot of women have been to some extent, hers was an extreme example.