“Manhunt” review

The more and more I think about Nichols and the massive “manhunt” that resulted on Friday, the more I’m convinced that Jessica is completely right below when she said “What worries me most is this is a case where the four most seriously injured victims were all connected to law enforcement themselves. If there are that many mistakes made when the cops have such an obvious vested interest in capturing the guy, what happens when it’s just an ordinary case?”


I’ve been listening to some of the coverage on Ashley Smith (who Nichols took hostage in her apartment). Combine it with the fact that, when asked if the car had left the deck, the attendant at the parking deck’s only exit said she hadn’t seen it. Now, I understand that sometimes stuff happens and things fall through the cracks of investigation. But if there is an inkling of evidence that the car hadn’t left the deck, then it probably shouldn’t take 13 hours to find the car one story down from where it was. If there is an inkling of evidence that the suspect was going to Lenox – like, for example, he asked for directions to Lenox – then probably there should be some sort of search there. Now, I’m not a detective, so maybe there is some really strange reason that these clues didn’t tip anything off, but I can’t think of any.

Anyway, it makes me feel, without any intended disrespect, that the authorities fell ass-backward into capturing Nichols.

Mike Lukovich has a great cartoon:

5 Comments so far

  1. Greg (unregistered) on March 15th, 2005 @ 11:04 am

    Maybe I’m being cynical, but I think Ashley Smith wasn’t a hostage at all, and if she was then she developed Stockholm Syndrome REALLY quickly… I think she was ìin on itî all along, I guess she knew him and basically gave him a place to crash for the night, then once the $60,000 bounty came into play, she grabbed it… One of the stories circulating is he dumped a truck in the middle of the night, and she followed him in her own car while he did it. If thatís true then thatís the clincher, no way would a ìhostageî do that after a matter of hours of being captured.

  2. Greg (unregistered) on March 15th, 2005 @ 12:12 pm

    I would agree that there were a lot of things that could have been done to have prevented or to have ended the manhunt quickly. It’s easy said in hindsight. Truth — once Nichols had overcome Hall and taken her guns, he was in the driver’s seat and any likely senerio would have been ugly.

    What really gets me is how people were so easily taken over by fear. Folks were paralyzed all over Georgia. I had family calling from out of state warning me to be careful. (Why would Nichols want me when he had Ashley, hand picked from a pool of 2 million metro citizens.) Give kudos our sensational media coverage.

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