In the Sorority Rape Case, Trying to Help Hits a Dead End

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Here's something scary. There's a guy I have bumped into several times who looks like the artist's rendering of the suspect in the sorority rapist case. I mean sort of. It's not like, "Oh, look, it's the guy!" But it could be.

When I saw the picture in the paper again this morning, I decided I had to make a call, whether I'm right or wrong. The story in the daily paper was a reprint of a Channel 8 story last night saying Richardson police had assigned an investigator to a suspicious person incident there that may or may not involve the Delta Sigma Theta rapist.

Delta Sigma Theta is a black social sorority formed at Howard University in 1913 to promote academic excellence and provide assistance to persons in need. In this very weird serial rape case, the same assailant is believed to have raped members of the sorority in three different Dallas suburbs.

Not that it means anything, but my guy measures pretty high on the weird-o-meter. I guess I won't divulge all the details of where or how I have run into him, and I have not seen him at all for a few months. But when I did encounter him, I never knew quite what to make of him.

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The man police are looking for
He is a burly person with an extremely subdued manner -- seems like meds to me. He does not speak to human beings much, but he is extremely communicative with dogs, in a way I don't believe I have seen before. He goes down on his knees and does a lot of nuzzling and high-pitched whispering. Luckily, the dog I had at the time was extremely friendly. The one I have now, my rescue dog, would have bit him in the face at some point.

But even with my gentle dog, I admit I thought in the back of my mind: OK, when he's done ear-kissing my dog, this weird dude jumps up and bites me in the face, right? I kept a hand over my nose until he was gone.

He always just wandered off on his way without incident. Anyway, he looks like the dude in the artist's rendering. A lot.

So I called Richardson police this morning, their non-emergency number, and told a lady that I had seen a guy who matched the rendering. She put me on hold for a while and then came back and told me it wasn't their case and they didn't have anybody working on it.

The Channel 8 story said they did, but she said no. Then she said she would switch me to the Plano police, which is running the main investigation. Later in the morning, I called the Richardson media relations person, who told they do have somebody looking into their incident, but they have no evidence yet that that their guy is the same guy. Fair enough. At least the Richardson police. transferred me.

When Plano answered, I told them what I had, and they told me to wait. They had to switch me some more. I think I heard one more voice somewhere along the way. Then I was on hold for a long, long time. Then the call went dead.

Sheesh.

This case does not have a perfect history in terms of the way police have handled it so far. There was some initial outcry from Delta Sigma Theta members when they learned Plano police had known of the link to their sorority in these rapes since March but only made the connection public in October.

Plano has a good police department. I'm not saying one dropped phone call tells the tale, but is this case not worth a centralized reporting system and some kind of shared protocol between the departments?

Don't worry. I will try Plano back at some point later today. I haven't seen my guy in so long, it's not like they could run out and nab him based on my description. It's also sort of unlikely my guy is their guy because of some geographical issues.

But if my little personal experience this morning proves anything, it indicates a certain lack of urgency or coordination on this very urgent and bizarre case. That seems like something that should be fixable. Right away.

Now my guy, who probably is not their guy, will see this and probably jump out from behind a fence and bite my nose off for writing about him. But that's something I watch for in most of my readers. It's why I try not to walk near fences.

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Cyclecog
Cyclecog

This case was on America's Most Wanted last night.  It just so happens that I spoke to the lead Coppell investigator yesterday and they DO have a task force as outlined in the program.  Call Joe Boyd with the Coppell police department, believe me, they want to catch this guy!

VeniVidiDejaVu
VeniVidiDejaVu

We are talking about differences in priority here. Television news reports on subjects that will draw viewers/ratings. Police focus on cases that are easy to solve, i.e. prostitution, speeders, etc. (I promise, I am not doing either anymore, usually). Now, if we could figure a way to do a "Nielson's ratings" on the cops, we might see different results.

Duder
Duder

Breaking News! Schutze mentions sorority rape case for web hits but does not further the story in the slightest. Plus, without giving much in the way of details, when they do catch the guy, Schutze can get even more hits when he announces he knew the whole time. Why investigate corruption when you can sit on hold and complain about it.

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

A "high priority" investigation might warrant some more enthusiasm from the police department. Something more publicized in the media is always gonna get more attention. I do the same thing at work. A more "visible" client will demand the most hustle. The others might fall by the wayside. Human nature. Not saying its right either.

rawlins.gilliland
rawlins.gilliland

Why do I bet if you told 'em you saw two guys holding hands at Costco...and that you were 'worried what my son was thinking when he was exposed to' yadayadayada.....

JimS
JimS

Rawlins! Have you been dipping into t e holiday schnapps a little early?

Guest
Guest

Kind of reminds me of the Christine Morton murder down there in Georgetown. The police get a call that her credit cards were used and a forged check was used in San Antonio not too long after the murder, and they're reaction is to put the report in the "file" (though not the "turn over to defense" file or the "turn over to the judge when he orders us to" file) and never follow up.

And then the guy who killed Christine Morton kills another young mother a few months later.

And then a quarter of a century later, the police finally arrest the guy.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

#1 if the guy seemed slow, I doubt he'd be taking the trouble to track down members of the same sorority and also not be caught yet.

#2 It's a black sorority. If we were talking about members of a sorority at SMU getting raped throught the 'plex, I'm pretty sure this would be higher on the priority pole. Imagine 40-50 somethings in HP or the PC's or Colleyville or Plano getting raped.  Am I wrong? Nah.

Nietzschean
Nietzschean

Do black people care less about white victims of crime than they do black victims? Does your premise only flow in one direction?

Perry Moore
Perry Moore

As long as your dog is not named Sam, you are probably safe.

Phelps
Phelps

Sadly, your experience is pretty typical of what I've seen regarding police investigations.

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