Fait Divers: “It Doesn’t Look Good Right Now”

The story continues

“NORFORK, Ark. – A teenager suspected of a hatchet-and-gun attack in a Massachusetts gay bar shot and killed a small-town police officer and the teen’s female passenger before he was critically wounded in a gun battle with police Saturday, authorities said.
Jacob D. Robida, 18, was shot twice in the head and “it doesn’t look good right now,” said Massachusetts prosecutor Paul Walsh Jr.
Walsh said the teen shot Officer Jim Sell, 56, twice during a traffic stop in this northern Arkansas town.
About 25 miles away, Robida sped over spike strips set out by state troopers, but continued to drive with two punctured tires into downtown Norfork. Robida’s car then careened into several parked vehicles to avoid a police barricade.
“When he wrecked he started firing at our officer and a state police officer and the officers returned fire,” said Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery.
Walsh said the teen shot his unidentified female passenger before he was wounded in the shootout with police.
Robida was taken to a Springfield, Mo., hospital, according to state police spokesman Bill Sadler.
Investigators had searched for Robida since Thursday’s attack at a bar in New Bedford, Mass. Three men were wounded, one critically, with a hatchet and a gun.
The hatchet used in the attack was found outside the bar, but detectives believed Robida still had the gun.”

So who was this mystery woman, and why did he shoot her?

“Robida was a high school dropout who friends say glorified Nazism but never expressed any specific prejudice against gays.”

And here we have the “money quote.” How can one “glorify Naziism”and yet “never express any specific prejudice towards gays”? In a culture that prizes homophobia that’s how. it’s a point of “controversy,” you see. After all people have “moral” reasons for loathing and despising glbt people and wishing them deadthat must be ‘respected” because of (drumroll please) Freedom of Speech.

Yeah, right.

“This is insane,” said Heather Volton, 22, of Fall River, Mass., who had known Robida for more than a year. “That kid never so much as raised his voice at me … This is all pretty much a shock to me, like everyone else.”
Another friend, Jennifer Crosby, 24, also of Fall River, identified herself as “part black and a lesbian” and said Robida never expressed any hostility toward gays.

“All a shock to you,” Binky? Maybe you weren’t paying attention. Maybe you think it’s all just a “Free Speech” issue, no?

“Police officers went to Robida’s home Thursday and spoke to his mother. According to court papers, she said Robida came home around 1 a.m., bleeding from the head, then left. In his bedroom, officers found Nazi regalia and anti-Semitic writings on the wall.
A man who answered the door at Robida’s mother’s house Friday morning ordered reporters off the property. “

WHO

IS

THIS

MAN?

“At least one of the wounded men remained hospitalized Friday. A second was released, and hospital officials would not disclose the whereabouts of the third victim.
Police said they were examining material Robida posted on his Internet home page. The site is full of references to a rap group called Insane Clown Posse, which is known for its explicit lyrics and sinister clown makeup. The band’s label, Psychopathic Records, has a logo depicting the silhouette of a man wielding a hatchet.”

“The clowns made me do it!”

“Rep. Barney Frank, an openly gay congressman whose district includes New Bedford, said the community has a history of tolerance. Frank pointed out that the city re-elected Gerry Studds in the 1980s after he became the first member of Congress to publicly announce he was gay.
‘This is not some general problem with the people of New Bedford,’ Frank said. ‘This is one disturbed 18-year-old.’ “

And the last time I looked, New Bedford was part of the Unitted States of America, Barney — a country whose highest officials continue to equate same-sexaulity with child molestation.

And now the grand finale.

“A teenager suspected of a hatchet-and-gun attack in a Massachusetts gay bar and in the fatal shooting of two people died Sunday morning after he was critically wounded in a gun battle with Arkansas police, authorities said.
Jacob D. Robida, 18, died at 3:38 a.m. Sunday at Cox-South Hospital in Springfield, Mo., Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said.
Robida, a high school dropout who friends said glorified Naziism, was shot twice in the head in a shootout with police Saturday after he fatally shot a Gassville police officer and a woman in his car, authorities said.
Two days earlier, he allegedly went on a violent rampage at the Puzzles Lounge in New Bedford, Mass., that left three men wounded, one critically. Police labeled the attack there a hate crime.
After Thursday’s attack, police say Robida fled in a green Pontiac and picked up Jennifer Rena Bailey, at her Charleston, W. Va., home.”

At last we have a name. Will there be future reports as to her history?

“”Apparently she’s had a prior relationship with this guy and had been corresponding with him,” said West Virginia State Police Sgt. C.J. Ellyson.
They were driving through the northern Arkansas town of Gassville when Officer Jim Sell pulled them over for a traffic stop. The teen twice shot Sell, 56, said Massachusetts prosecutor Paul Walsh Jr.
Witness Maryann Hoyne said she saw the officer’s squad car bumper to bumper with Robida’s car, and heard three gunshots. Sell was on the ground and Robida got back into his car and drove off, she said.
Robida returned a moment later to retrieve his gun, which he had left at the side of the officer, said Hoyne, manager of the Brass Door Motel in Gassville.
About 25 miles away, Robida drove over spike strips set out by state troopers and drove with two punctured tires into downtown Norfork. Robida’s car then smashed into several parked vehicles to avoid a police barricade.
“When he wrecked he started firing at our officer and a state police officer, and the officers returned fire,” said Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery.
The teen shot the woman in the car with him before he was wounded in the shootout with police, Walsh said. State police wouldn’t confirm Walsh’s account and said ballistics tests would determine how the woman died.”

Well we’re going to have to wait for those ballistics tess to find out precisely who shot Ms. Bailey — if not why.

“One victim of the Massachusetts attack — which police have called a hate crime — said he was “elated” the teen had been apprehended.
“Right now I’d like him to be able to regain consciousness and answer some questions,” said Bob Perry, who was released from a Boston hospital Friday. He had a black eye, a five-inch gash on his right cheek and a bullet hole in his back.
Another victim remained hospitalized, and officials would not disclose the location of the third. Police said Robida would be charged with attempted murder, assault and civil rights violations in the attack.”

Well you can forget about asking him any questions.

And you can forget about asking anyone else in this culture any questions, either. He was just “one troubled teen” whose troubledness was caused by

A) Collecting Nazi memorabilia.

B) Listening to The Insane Clown Posse

C) Mom and the man who apparently lives with her

D) All of the above.

Guess away. Nobody cares.

Really, nobody cares.

2 Comments

  1. crsolis February 5, 2006 3:43 pm 

    Hi David,

    “Guess away. Nobody cares.”

    “Really, nobody cares”

    These were your comments, and I tell you, that yes, I do care, as many of us, should care, for many of us for worring only in our own business we don’t care about people that has personal issues, like that boy, that if anyone paid some attention, he probably would had been alive and not dead, look at it this way…if you would had been one of the victims you would had not been that careless….our society now is so repelent to these issues, and don’t care about anyone elses but to make money and look good, and these are the results of our conduct as society ! I hope we start changing our attitude so we could all grow together as one people, and not act alone or away from others just because they’re different. C.Solis

  2. David E February 5, 2006 4:22 pm 

    I don’t know what you mean by the victims being “careless.” All they were doing was hanging out at a bar.

    The killer, as news reports have noted, had been a program for “troubled teens” of some sort. Obviously it didn’t work. But there’s more to this story that might be learned if any editor is interested in assigning a reporter to it. And I seriously doubt that’s going to happen.

    Don’t you just love these stories where “close friends” claim to have had “no idea” he was going to do something like this? Here he was, a teenage Nazi, yet we’re supposed to believe he wasn’t homophobic!

    “Changing our attitude” requires recognizing the fact that homophobia and racism pitched to murderous levels are a very real part of American life — not some “irrational” eruption seemingly out of nowhere.

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