We know that this is an obtuse and perhaps even meaningless complaint, but here it is: With the facts about The Kensington Strangler revealing that at least some part of his still being at large has something to do with a community so mistreated by police that there’s a culture of actually not reporting rape and violence when it occurs, and him still being at large (a bit of egg on the face of the Phila. Police that it feels like they only got hip to late last week), the news hole around the case is increasingly filled with anything but actual news about the case and the pursuit of the killer. Instead, it’s shit like this:
>>> First up: The Daily Beast! Though you can hardly blame them as a singular editorial entity: Jeff Deeney‘s been driving this train there for a while now. And while we applaud any story that gets the message across that A BIG PART OF WHY THIS IS STILL HAPPENING IS BECAUSE THE POLICE IN THIS PART OF THE CITY ARE DEEMED COMPLETELY UNTRUSTWORTHY, there’s something in Deeney’s coverage (and very much evidenced in the video linked above, which ran last week) that is sensationalistic and bordering on creepy. Yuck.
>>> Round two: Aw, c’mon. Newsworks.org went out an found an “expert” to tell us what anyone who watches Dexter would know: “So now if this person is continuing to do this in this higher risk arena, that would indicate there’s a compulsive nature to it.” No shit, Sherlock.
>>> And the grand finale, Alfred Lubrano’s well-timed and superbly researched “The Drugs Dilemma” in yesterday’s Inky, a part of their “Portrait of Hunger” series. The lede about Philippe Bourgois (actual name), “a University of Pennsylvania anthropologist who lives in the area two or three nights a week to chronicle drug dealing,” couldn’t help but make us cringe a little bit — as if Kensington is somehow a unique civilization under God’s dark sun and this Bourgois fellow is finally going to sort it out — but the story really is packed with information about the size and shape of how Kensington is and has for so long been so very fucked. Meanwhile, they still haven’t caught this piece of shit, but hey: At least it’s all being properly chewed up by people with graduate degrees, right?