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Penn State Wasn't More Responsible Than Sandusky, Or His Family
It is understood that Louis Freeh's report involves Penn State. That matter is important. Here is what I consider to be the more important issues...
Jerry Sandusky used his free will to commit the actions that he did.
His victims start with the children involved and then move to those adults who witnessed his behavior, or were drawn into it.
Having worked in the investigative field, I can tell you that it is common for the public at-large to shift their focus to what they think everyone else should have done to stop a criminal in retrospect. That is because people believe they know how they would respond to bizarre situations if they were ever in them, or were forced to be witness of such situations.
The media demonized Joe Paterno because he has a famous name. He was the easy target that drew attention to their byline, their faces, their internet article titles. How many journalists did any real investigative work regarding what Sandusky's wife and other family members knew and what they did/didn't do about it. Most in the media took the easy way out, just like Sandusky's family members did.
Because Sandusky didn't control himself, the next line of defense was his own family. What did they do to stop him?
There are people who are strong enough to turn in their own family members for the crimes they commit. There are other people who don't have the character to do so. They enable the crimes to occur.
After his family, then his employer (and all connected to that employer) can be looked at. But, never forget to first consider what those closest to him could have done before you ever jump to the Penn State solution.
Now, a jury of his peers has removed Sandusky from society and most important part of this problem has been handled.
***This information is being re-posted because of the high volume of interest that the information contained within this post continues to generate. The original version was first posted on 11/14/11.
Center County District Attorney Ray Gricar has been missing since 2005.
Anytime a DA is missing, a list of many 'enemies' could be considered as potential suspects in what could be a crime.
In this instance - Gricar was the DA who, in 1998, investigated the matters involving Jerry Sandusky that have now become infamous.
Missing hard drive
Gricar disappeared in 2005. His body has never been found since, but his car was found in a parking lot and his laptop computer was found in the Susquehanna river. That laptop was missing its hard drive.
Would someone only keep sensitive information on a hard drive, or would they also back it up?
This speculation doesn't prove, or even implies, that it was connected to the current matter. Right?
Gricar chose not to prosecute in the late 1990s because he must have believed that he didn't have enough conclusive evidence to do so.
There is no evidence that suggests he was a friend of Sandusky, or was somehow persuaded to overlook the matter.
What is the likelihood that a DA who investigated a case of this nature chose to never follow up after the late 1990s?
What information about that case, or any other case, was he in possession at the time of his disappearance?
Gricar is either somehow still alive somewhere, committed suicide, was abducted and then murdered randomly by strangers, or was abducted and then murdered intentionally by people with clear intent.
It seems highly unlikely that he is still alive.
Suicide? No information about personal problems, mental issues, or blackmail exists.
No, there is no evidence that any of that related to the Penn State situation.
But, the entire argument about why this entire matter has remained a secret for so long seems to be missing some logical pieces.
We may never know what actually happened to Gricar.
But, whatever happened to him and his life deserves justice. And so do his family, friends and colleagues. (The exact same thoughts are currently being offered for the children who were victims in this scandal as well.)
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