Monday, January 23, 2006
There is No Time Limit
I was wondering... follow me here. If the Col were to be brutally murdered today by an alleged hippie cult. I know my supermodel wife would do what she could to make sure no one walked for as long as she lived. Now let's say I had three kids. I don't- I think there are enough people walking around on my earth anyway. But say I did. I'd want and expect the three of them to make sure that the killers didn't get off. Again, I get that.
Now I DO have two nephews and three nieces. I really do not know them- they are 30 + years EACH younger than me. I would NOT expect them to get absorbed into the mess of my murder. Hell, I wouldn't even like it much.
I guess the question I ask is, WHAT really constitutes a next of kin? I met Jay's nephew one afternoon 18 years ago at the USC special collection library. He did not even know the details of his uncle's murder. I had to turn him on to the HS novel, because that was all I knew at the time. Now, he remains the ONLY next of kin on the Sebring side to EVER attend a parole hearing. And even then he only did DECADES after the murder. Is that cool? I know it is legal, but I suspect his motives. The entire Kummer (Sebring) Family disowned the guy right? So what is this last minute "oh, my life was affected" shit?
Same with Smaldino. Neither Frank nor Suzann have EVER come to a hearing. These are the next of kin. NOT the ex-wife.
It just feels a bit off to me.
That's what I'm saying.