Post by sandbagger1 on Mar 28, 2009 10:29:56 GMT -5
Mary mentioned in another thread about how people will watch a documentary and base their opinion on it as to whether someone is innocent or guilty -- usually innocent because that is the pov of most documentarians.
I watch a lot of documentaries. Not as many as I use to, because as I've gotten older and wiser, I can see how slanted they are. Now, I expect all documentaries to have some pov but these days they have drifted into pure fantasy.
Anyway, as a rule I avoid any crime documentaries because they bore me. However, desperate for something to rent the other day, I checked out one that was highly recommended to me: The Staircase. Unfortunately, Netflix only sent me Vol. 1.
I was familiar with the case and its outcome and saw a small bit of it on some courttv type program. The film maker said he wanted to film a case where the defendant was innocent. Oops!
At the very beginning of the film, they show the crime scene and it is a bloody mess. Just looking at the footage, why anyone would think it was not murder, is a mystery. There is blood every where and her pants are also soaked it in. The injuries to her head are massive. Hardly indicative of a fall. So, I got bored and fell a sleep. LOL. I did wake up and watch more of it.
vinny isn't the only lunatic around, although, i'd probably give more credence to his fantasy of murder by dog than i would murder by owl.
Peterson Murder Tiny feather gives wings to owl theory Evidence found on Kathleen Peterson Anne Blythe - Staff Writer Published: Fri, Aug. 22, 2008 12:30AMModified Fri, Aug. 22, 2008 07:57AM E-Mail Print Text Size: tool nameclose tool goes here DURHAM -- Larry Pollard is banking on a microscopic feather to give weight to his theory that an owl swooped down and killed Kathleen Peterson.
Novelist Michael Peterson is spending his life behind bars for the 2001 murder in Durham, but Pollard insists he has hit upon a State Bureau of Investigation report that could spring his former neighbor.
Durham District Attorney David Saacks has doubts.
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More Peterson MurderTire iron evidence fails to win hearing for Peterson Cooper urges no new trial for Peterson Hearing slated in Peterson case Will a tire iron change Peterson's fate? Tiny feather gives wings to owl theory News conference set on 'owl did it' theory Pollard, a lawyer and businessman, hopes to change the prosecutor's mind with evidence that was handed over to Peterson's defense team before the 14-week trial in 2003 that resulted in a guilty verdict.
With stuffed owls as his props, Pollard stood outside the Durham County Courthouse before a small crowd of local TV news crews and newspaper reporters to bring new attention to his hypothesis.
The French film crew that produced "The Staircase," a documentary of Peterson during the highly publicized trial, also chronicled Pollard's news conference.
For more than four years, Pollard has postulated that an owl, not a fancy fireplace poker as prosecutors said, caused the blunt-force trauma and head wounds that drained the life from Kathleen Peterson in December 2001.
"The District Attorney's Office dismissed it as absurd, citing the absence of feathers, and most people labeled it as ridiculous," Pollard said at the news conference Thursday morning. "Always the same question was asked by the authorities and the press: 'Where are the feathers?' Well, folks, we are here today announcing the feather has been found."
An SBI report lists the presence of a microscopic feather mixed in with hair that Kathleen Peterson had clutched in her left hand.
Pollard dismissed the possibility that the small piece of evidence could have been goose down, often found in pillows and comforters. It would be unusual for a goose to be inside the Peterson mansion, Pollard said, poking critics who questioned how an owl might have gotten into the house, a claim he has not made.
"It's not often you have goose down floating around in the middle of the night," Pollard added.
Pollard has been spending years gathering information about owls and Peterson. His fascination with the case, he says, is as a lawyer who thinks evidence has been overlooked.
But Pollard also has empathy for Peterson's children. When Pollard was 12, his father, Forrest Pollard, was charged with killing a Durham man and later convicted of manslaughter.
Pollard insists that experience has little to do with his persistence in the owl theory.
"My father's case was over 50 years ago," Pollard said. "I really believe it's ... [not] germane. I will say that I do know what it's like to have a father in prison, and if [Peterson] didn't do this, it's both unfair for him and the boys and girls."
Pollard is not the only person to develop theories about the Peterson case. One man has studied the blood on the wall and the staircase and come up with his own scenario that Kathleen Peterson was fatally banged up by a banister-mounted chair lift.
Roger Lane, a historian at Haverford College in Pennsylvania who has written about the societal fascination with murder, said the cultural phenomenon can be traced back in this country to the 18th century, when Charles Brockden Brown, called the father of the American novel, wrote about murder.
For many years, Lane said, a staple of the penny press was homicide cases and courtroom dramas.
In his research, Lane has come across many theories for homicide cases. But one had escaped him until this week.
"I had never heard of an owl theory," Lane said Thursday.
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Post by sandbagger1 on Mar 30, 2009 13:54:51 GMT -5
Is this one of the dumbest things you've ever read?
It's a microscopic feather and no where does it state it was even an owl feather. And he totally discounts that it came from a pillow or comforter. I have down pillows and comforters and find tiny feathers all over me if I wear dark clothes. And he goes public with this nonsense?
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Sept 1, 2019 20:35:38 GMT -5
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Sept 1, 2019 20:38:53 GMT -5
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Mar 20, 2020 4:19:50 GMT -5
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