On Monday, I had a terrible gut feeling. The guy they arrested on Monday for the Ipswich murders. I felt they'd got the wrong man. I wanted to tell someone. I wanted them to keep looking. Why did I think they'd got the wrong person? Well reading all that crap written about him, all the guilt piled on him, gave me a picture of someone who despite the way he's been painted, actually likes women.
I could of course be wrong, which is why I didn't write anything on Monday, to be proven right by Friday. And now they've charged the second guy they arrested.
Let this be a warning to all of you on the Internet with your blogs and profiles. They're coming for you!! Just watch how the Old Media will make something out of nothing, based on your humourous profile, and any pictures you happen to put there. You may think it's funny now, but just you wait!!
What happened to Presumption of Innocence? When did the UK allow the naming, ageing, and addressing of people arrested or helping with enquiries. And just because the first guy allowed himself to be interviewed by the BBC and Sunday Mirror, doesn't make him fair game. It makes him, well I was going to say naive, but even that's not fair. If he is innocent, then he's a frightened guy who didn't know what to do, given that he's seen people he knows murdered around him. What would you do?
How many of you have profiles and weblogs and MySpace pages, that the media would have a field day with? Do not be seduced by all these newspapers and media types pretending to support blogging with their 10-20 frontpage bloggers, who may support you in court! What you need to worry about the 100s of other media people in each organisation who only pretend to get it, but will cut and paste your stuff at a whim.
I think this whole case so far, has left some of us thinking, is it just me, or does something feel totally wrong about the reporting of the first arrest. What's encouraged me to now write, is this article, which thought the same two words I did when I read about the first guy arrested, Remember Colin Stagg.
Imagine that either of the men arrested in Suffolk is eventually released without charge. He would become another Stagg, already convicted in the court of public no-appeal of being an oddball, an imperfect partner, somebody whose lifestyle throws up so much smoke that there really must be some fire there somewhere, mustn't there? - although officially he would be, of course, utterly innocent.