Police should have acted on confession – sort of   Leave a comment

Police should have acted on confession – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Letters To Editor.

Mr. Vent Palmer is no doubt a relative of Eugene Vent, one of the Fairbanks Four. I agree with him that the police should have looked into the “confession” a bit quicker than they did, but let’s think about this a moment.

First, Mr. Holmes is a black man, so that word “racism” is ridiculous. The Fairbanks Four are Native. If the confessor had been white, do we think the police would have jumped more quickly to the bait?

Second, the Fairbanks Four were convicted in three different trials by three different juries. Do you really expect us to believe that out of 36 individual jurors hearing three sets of evidence that not one of them ever said “Hey, this is a crap case” and voted to hang the jury?

Third, and I’ve said this before — Mr. Holmes is serving a double life sentence already. He’s got nothing to lose by confessing to this. What does he have to gain? There’s big money out there for anyone who can get the Four freed. Mr. Holmes himself won’t benefit, but I understand he’s a baby daddy and he’s got a mom and ….

That’s why the police shrugged.

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