I’ve been thinking about my reasons for being so vested in these cases.
This is why:
I need to take a fresh look at my sister’s case. I’ve been gearing up for it for a while now, but I need to look at something similar from a fresh perspective first. I’m not ready for it yet (it takes 4 o’clock in the morning courage to look at your sister’s autopsy report… all of it drains you). Corresponding with folks on the Hannah Graham / Morgan Harrington / Jesse Matthew affair, sharing ideas, this all helps with the process.
It’s not like I need the attention. I surely don’t. I appreciate connecting with all you lovely folks in the States, but for my purposes, the people I need to engage with to solve a crime are all in Canada, more specifically in Quebec, and more directly most likely Francophones from the Eastern Townships.
My interest in Graham / Harrington / Matthew is all about the similarities (not connections, there are none) with Allore / Camirand / Dube:
1. Multiple victims / cold cases
2. “Town and Gown” environments / politics
3. Similar populations: Under 100,000, but they balloon when school commences.
4. Rough, wooded, mountainous surroundings.
5. Disappearances in the Fall.
6. Re. 5 above; hinderances with the coming snow, hinderances / opportunities with the coming of hunting season.
7. Seemingly high-risk victims who initially got blamed for their final circumstances.
Probably other reasons, I will leave some room for comment / input.
What’s not similar?
The French / English issue in Quebec, but this is easily substituted with the potential for a Black / White race issue in Virginia. And on this issue, I would offer this advice: If it comes down to this, always take the high ground. I have already heard some despicable comments in reference to Jesse Matthews. Don’t go there. He’s a suspect, that’s all. The first thing I did when I started my sister’s investigation was to learn French, so that card could never be played. You can’t change the color of your skin, but you can avoid being an ignorant fossil.
I feel so much love for the families of Hannah Graham and Morgan Harrington. 3 weeks is a long time. 5 years is a long time. 36 years is a long time.