Most people know about the Jessica Ridgeway murder here in Colorado. Some punk kills and dismembers a little girl. For those new to watching me Austin Reed Sigg was a customer of mine (And probably Jessica Ridgeway too) and it shook our area up pretty badly.
I remember the night they identified the body. We had fliers up all over the store about trying to find Jessica Ridgeway and when they began taking the fliers down off the walls most of us were in tears.
That same night he came into my store... all happy assed... and asked how we were doing in a way that kind of makes me think of the Joker from the old Batman TV series. Kinda pissed me off that with so much sadness they could be so happy. (We didn't know he did it at the time otherwise... well lets just say I have access to a hamburger grinder)
One thing that caught my eye here was how he was "treated" for an addiction to violent internet porn.
Sounds a lot like the kind of shit I had been bitching about for the last several years. The connection between violent fantasies and violent acts. Usually it was scoffed at by anyone I told it too. It isn't the first time I have personally been so close to the results of violent fantasy becoming violent reality.
I couldn't remember any specific time where I waited on her. I might not have at all, I don't know. But when I looked at her picture in the missing posters I couldn't help but think of her standing in front of my case asking for a piece of cheese.
He finally got sentenced. I'm glad he confessed because our community would have suffered a lot of heart ache if there was a long drawn out trial. The evidence being revealed would keep so many wounds open. Since they couldn't give him the death penalty they did a GOOD job making sure he wont breathe free air ever again. Sometimes the death penalty is too easy. He's one of those cases.
I think tomorrow I'm going to tribute Jessica Ridgeway. Since she went missing we had purple ribbons. I swore mine would remain on my vest until justice was done. Maybe it's time to retire that ribbon.