With dozens of reporters from local and national media converging “on scene” at Cascade it was ironic that news of Hannah Anderson’s rescue and James DiMaggio’s death on Saturday came from the sheriff of San Diego County 1,000 away.
Reporters massed outside the Cascade emergency center–just like the television viewers across the USA–got the news from Sheriff Bill Gore in San Diego. Gore was a well spoken professional politico and copper, praising the cooperation and sharing the spotlight with his staff and the FBI.
It is easy for the law and order crowd to say, “kill the bastard,” and just as easy for some to immediately condemn the FBI for “shooting on sight.” We have to observe from afar there was a masterful job of information control emanating from those with the information and truth be told, there was little news from Cascade following the discovery of DiMaggio’s abandoned car east of town and a reported sighting by an alert horseback rider.
Citizens have no idea what really happened and the Feds will be the sole source of any information when it is released. The FBI shooting review team will likely offer little detail of the events at the mountain campsite. Some well placed “helmet cams” would go a long way toward instilling public trust in the collective operation.
Hint to legacy media: go after the coroner’s report which is a public record and will at least give citizens an idea of the number of shots in DiMaggio’s body and perhaps the caliber of the ammo.
It would be nice to know if the pretty 16-year-old was a captive or out for adventure. Was she a co-conspirator in a grizzly double arson-murder or a third victim? Before she is released to her father, that critical fact needs to be determined. The nightmare could finally be over…or just beginning.
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