The Week That Was and the Next 48
We began this week with a tribute in honor of Robert’s 35th birthday, using one of his favorite songs. The week’s posts were intended to look back on his life and paint a picture for those not fortunate enough to have known him.
Our schedule was interrupted somewhat by Paul Duggan’s Washington Post series. Did he plan for those stories to drop on Robert’s birthday, or did it just happen that way? He didn’t indicate, but it’s sometimes funny how things work.
Duggan’s work set off a shock wave for those who follow this case. His piece was picked up by the WSJ Law Blog (twice), Gawker, Queerty, Above The Law and a host of smaller but still important outlets. Quite a bit of traffic was driven here; we’ve seen many of them in the comments sections. New readers were greeted by one undeniable fact: there is a passionate community of smart and motivated people here who are the backbone of this site’s readership.
We hope these new readers, like all of us, are also in for the long haul. We’re 48 weeks away from the day Judge Weisberg reaches for his gavel. Until then, Duggan and the others gave us plenty to chew on; there still remain aspects of the legal documents we’ve only begun to trawl through. The May 22 hearing transcript comes in a couple weeks; anniversaries on the calender, some leads we need to chase and status hearings in the out months to report on.
Maintaining this project will continue to be a challenge but we’re rarely at a loss for good ideas. Posting frequency may slow but new ideas will always percolate, many coming from regular readers: Themis had one this week: using her legal experience to run interference on the recruiting of our own forensic experts. She also offered an assist on FOIA requests earlier. One of many great ideas from what’s turned out to be a great community.
Added pages on theories, open discussions and photo tours of the case’s important locations are planned. We’ll stick to our knitting and do our level best to keep the content fresh, pertinent and engaging. Come Monday it’s back to work, staring into the abyss and chasing monsters, but honoring Robert’s memory will always be paramount.
Which brings us back to that song. “What a Wonderful World” was written “..as an antidote for the increasingly racially and politically charged climate in the U.S. of everyday life (in 1968). The song also has a hopeful, optimistic tone with regard to the future…and having much to look forward to.”
Into the studio went the 68 year-old Louis Armstrong, considered by some as “…perhaps the most important American musician of the 20th century.” It sold modestly in the States but became the UK’s biggest selling single of 1968. It was his final song to hit the charts. Covered dozens of times over the years by everyone from Diana Ross to Dr. John, none could hold a candle to Armstrong’s original. Until perhaps the 2002 posthumous release by another American recording pioneer.
And finally, no Triple Crown day would be complete without hearing from our in-house handicapper; today’s wmrw.com hunch play in the 141st running of the Belmont Stakes is Charitable Man.
-Joey, Dee Dee, Tommy and Johnny