In the news: Trisha Meili, aka “The Central Park Jogger” is coming out with a book about her 1989 attack called “I Am the Central Park Jogger: A Story of Hope and Possibility“.
I remember the story all too well. On April 19th, 1989, she was grabbed while jogging in Central Park, brutally raped, her head bashed in with a rock, and left for dead as she lost 3/4 of the blood in her body. It was one that outraged New Yorkers We prayed, we worried… but mostly we saw red…we wanted justice to the point where we wanted to see it served at all costs.
And well, we got what we wished for. The police quickly rounded up the “Central Park Five”, got confessions out of them (which was good, because she had no recollection of the events, and there was really no physical evidence to tie them to the crime.). They were found guilty and spent the next 11 1/2 years of their lives in prison.
Only one little problem… they didn’t do it. A serial rapist named Matias Reyes confessed to the crime last year.
“Meili wrote that upon learning about Reyes’ confession, she was ‘too stunned to respond.’ ‘Reyes became real to me in a way the five had not,’ she wrote. ‘I didn’t want to see him in the papers or hear him talk on the television.’..”
Now here’s where everyone gets to call me a totally heartless prick all over the web:
Is this book going to be ALL about HER?
Does she make a mention of feeling just a *little* bad that 5 young men lost a decade of their lives for a crime they didn’t commit, thanks to police coercion, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and a public outcry that decided “just anyone will do”?
Of course, I have a great deal of sympathy for what Ms. Meili went through. She was a victim of a horrific crime, but she wasn’t the only victim. If you look at the big picture, there were *six* victims in total…
Or is it because it was “just four Blacks and a Puerto Rican that were probably going to jail for something else eventually”, they don’t count?
I’m as guilty as anyone else. For what it’s worth, I feel pretty crappy about it. I wished the worst on these guys at the time. It’s all pretty messed up.
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