"This appears…"

If you’re not aware of the man who has been arrested and charged with murdering a young girl with plans to eat her, go to the link.

In the linked article is this quote:

“Regarding a potential motive,” Purcell Police Chief David Tompkins said Saturday, “this appears to have been part of a plan to kidnap a person, rape them, torture them, kill them, cut off their head, drain the body of blood, rape the corpse, eat the corpse then dispose of the organs and bones.”

This “appears” to be the case? How many cases similar to this does this police chief see? It seems they know some terribly specific details to have it only “appear.”

Of course, this quote probably falls into the same category as expecting athletes to have something lucid and cogent to say at the end of the game. The police chief’s expertise is crime, not public speaking, so I will give him the benefit of the doubt.

But, my first read of that sentence was, “Huh?”

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