I KNOW why…
America bows to the God of $$$, that’s why…
I get that such an exhibition could be very beneficial to law enforcement, if they gather once in a while to discuss and swap criminal evidence obtainment tactics…
But why make such an exhibition of such disturbing artefacts public?
I know why.
And this two-day peek into such artefacts, to see if there would be a demand to view all and sundry was probably pushed onto law enforcement in that city by those movers and shakers.
I don’t think anything from a public organization is ever done without back-room deals nowadays, right? And in a cash poor state like California, museums and parole release dates seem to appease the budget constraints…
So, yeah, I get the “Testing the waters” scenario…but I wonder…do we, the public really need to see such items?
Yes, our global community views artefacts from centuries past, of people and events existing no longer. But the crimes and the criminals of this Vegas exhibit last Tuesday and Wednesday still impact living persons on our globe today. The assassination of Robert Kennedy, the “accidental overdose” of Marilyn Monroe, the senseless slaughter of Ron Goldman and O.J.’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson still have living relatives here on this earth today, that have horrid memories of the past they are still so desperately trying to forget.
I, personally, was amazed that Johnny’s car was still in LAPD’s impound lot, as I felt sure it had either been destroyed or old Johnny or his family had a long time ago retrieved it as the rightful owners. You have to feel sorry for John and his family, and other people who accidentally got swept up in this melee of horror. You’d think that at least he or his family could own once again that vehicle that was no more responsible for the Hinman/TLB crimes than that of a loaned car to a friend could ever be.
Moral of the story: Watch to whom you loan out your vehicle, or you may never get it back! Or you may, it just might have blood all over the upholstery when you do!
And of course, the well-known evidence items of The White Album, the rope, the Buntline and the carving fork were all there, trapsed out yet again, to see the light of day…but no where there was a documented Release Form from any of the affected surviving family members, that what was being shown was being shown with their blessings.
Yes, I know, anything entered in as evidence in a crime becomes the property of the State, especially when the crime was a Capital offense.
But one would think someone at the LAPD would have had a heart big enough to consider that what they might publicly show at this hotel may have an emotional impact of the families involved. As a test of the callousness of the LAPD, the family of Robert Kennedy asked that the bloody shirt that he wore on that fateful day in ‘68 be removed from the exhibit, and guess what, it was, with a public statement from an LAPD spokesman,
“We don’t want to do anything that will hurt the families.” [paraphrased]
Talk about the proverbial cart before the horse on this one. Like these law enforcement dolts couldn’t have figured this out beforehand…maybe that’s why the average IQ of a person heading into a career in law enforcement is so embarrassingly low, huh?
So, what did they do? They removed the shirt…POOF!
But they did NOT close down this two-day exhibit of crime artefacts to the public nor make any attempt to take into consideration the feelings of the other families. “Why?”, you ask. Because the other families weren’t relatives of a candidate for President of the United States, is my guess.
So, as they say, the show went on, the people lined up and gawked and the families of the victims, who were slain with the use of these artefacts, were slain themselves, once more, as if attending trials and parole hearings and living without your loved ones weren’t enough…
I’m NOT a Debra Tate fan per se, and as far as I’m concerned that woman is on TV more than her sister was ever filmed, but I do agree that somebody should be a voice for the families, someone should be on guard for the victims, someone should take care to take care of the feelings of the people who are still around and breathing air.
Once a century has gone by, once anyone directly associated with these crimes and these victims are long gone to their own graves, to rest beside their slain relatives at last, then an exhibit, for historical interest, may be appropriate…but not now.
I’m thrilled to know that Johnny’s Ford is still around but I didn’t need to see it at the expense of the feelings of the people who are related to the people who were slaughtered in ‘69, by the people who drove there and back in that Ford.
Johnny Schwartz and his family probably agree with me.
The Los Angeles City Hall planners and California’s Tourist Board probably don’t.
There’s $$$ to be made in murder, always has been, and I doubt this will be the last time I’ll see Johnny’s Ford.
I’d say, “Rest in Peace” to the victims, but what would be the point.
(Photos of the exhibit were NOT shown here, on purpose, for obvious reasons, donchathink?)