My View




I don't know Suzanne Jovin. But for several times during the research of this case, I almost cried when I went through the compliments on her, like I have known her for years. A question keeps crossing my mind: Who would want to kill a kind, extraordinary young woman like Suzanne Jovin?

At the same time, every time I read about James Van de Velde, I feel sorry for him. I am not saying Van de Velde is innocent. I still have doubts that he may actually HAD killed Jovin. Over the past nine months, in my opinion, he stands accused in the press. He has not been accused by the police or anything. And yet, every time you see Jovin's photos, you would see Van de Velde's on the same page. Is it really an appropriate thing to do when this person is still innocent? What if one day it turned out another person did it? I am sure he could never get back what he has lost because he has been destroyed by the public. Recently, I have read an article in The New York Times Magazine that Van de Velde has to moved from place to place now, probably wants to forget the whole thing and stay away from the press. He was a student for a Master's degree on journalism. Imagine you were a Journalism student, yet you were accused and annoyed by the press that you have committed a crime that you did not even know about it, how would you feel?

This leads to a very serious problem of nowadays---the general public, police and media's irresponsible speculation can unfairly destroy a person's a person's reputation easily. Think about this: to get a search warrant or an arrest warrant an officer must present relevant facts under oath before a judge. That, in Van de Velde's case, has not been done since so far, they have zero evidence against him. But to brand someone "a suspect" all you have to do is to tell someone else or call the local newspaper.

It all started with New Haven Police Department's irresponsible announcement of Van de Velde being "in a pool of suspects." They should not have done so when they have found no evidence against him. I am not a police officer, but I know how irresponsible and inappropriate it is to name someone like Van de Velde a suspect. Now it becomes like a fact in people's minds that maybe he is guilty even though they haven't really proven anything yet. There is something very wrong with that when the potential consequence is the destruction of someone's life.

Like other cases that I have read before, this one also has characters and evidences that may not be relevant or even in the story at all. But it seems that the police is not able to do anything about it. The Ivy League Murder Mystery may never be solved.

I noticed that the on the logo of the Yale is a phrase in Latin "veritas et lux", luckily I am learning Latin lately and I know it means "light and truth". When can this be applied to this case?

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