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  •  You are jumping to the wrong conclusion (none)
    Asserting that a crime might be a race crime or act of terrorism while investgating the crime does not imply that someone is guilty. All it should mean is that the investigators should look to see if there is any evidence to justify that assertion. Too often in the rush to solve a case this type of evidence is overlooked.
    As to comment about the killings being execution-style, the reports I have read so far mentioned them being shot in the head. The New York Times report goes on to say:
    Investigators believe the two victims were forced to lie on the basement floor and then were shot multiple times, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday, citing unnamed sources.
    Still looks like an execution-style killig to me. What would you want to convince you that it was a execution-style killing? That they had been made to dig their own graves in the basement?
    Equally dangerous as jumping to conclusions in the early stages of an investigation is failing to investigate potential motives.
    •  No, I'm not (none)
      As any good scientist (logician, philosopher, historian) will tell you, the minute you start looking at the data with a preconceived theory in your head, you will start to use that theory as a filter. Things that support it will come to the forefront, while things that mitigate against it will tend to disappear into the background noise. Any good investigator--of anything--will refuse to go anywhere except where the data lead. And you don't follow that trail by walking in with preconceived notions.

      Still looks like an execution-style killig to me. What would you want to convince you that it was a execution-style killing?

      At least in this country, "execution-style killing" usually means a single shot, either to the back of the head or between the eyes, while the victim is kneeling in front of the killer (i.e., not lying face-down on the floor). Such killings don't often take place where the victims live--they're usually done in a parking lot or some out-of-the-way place where nobody is likely to notice. Certainly not in the middle of a busy neighborhood in broad daylight (even if the victims were shot in the basement, it could still make enough noise to rouse suspicion).

      Michael
      "Jedoch der schrecklichste der Schrecken
      Das ist der Mensch in seinem Wahn" -- J. W. von Goethe

      by musing85 on Wed Mar 02, 2005 at 09:33:58 AM PST

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