Sunday, August 30, 2009

How Instinct Solved an 18 year old case

Those of you who even remotely follow news have heard of this very disturbing story by now. About a girl who was kidnapped at age 11 and only found last week. Eighteen years after the original abduction. Whenever there is a case like this I can't help but think of an old X Files episode. I did not post this to rehash the details that you already read. My purpose for posting this is so that you can see the principles of Malcolm Gladwell's Blink in action. This idiot who allegedly did the kidnapping got away with it for 18 years. This is how we was caught. By something that really bothered the police women who he did not have to talk to. There were rules of engagement to be followed even if they knew something was wrong. I thought it is a fascinating look into detective work and working off instinct. You can see officer Ally Jacobs admit that she was in touch with both her police officer instinct and her mother instinct. Maybe it's just me but I find that powerful. You get to see the police officers tell their story.
The side stories of this are horrible. The step father was blamed even though he was an eye witness. The mother would spend weeks crying. I really don't know how else to end this except say I am glad the nightmare is over for the family. The two kidnappers seem to be really sick and they need prayer. Ed

Tags: Jaycee Dugard, blink, gladwell, ally jacobs, detective work, police work, abduction, kidnapping

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