Responding to my Sunday article, David Hartley: Mexican Drug Cartel Murder of American Jet-Skiing with Wife May All Have been a Mere “Misunderstanding,” my reader-researcher David in TN remarked,
“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen the expression ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’ used by both the press and public officials to explain some hideous crime. They seem to trot it out automatically.
Another is “a drug deal gone bad.” This one is usually used by people who want to excuse the perpetrators. Sometimes it’s “they were looking to buy drugs.”
Several days ago, I saw the Hartley murder being discussed on Headline News and someone called in with the ‘drug deal gone bad’ rationale.”
“In the wrong place at the wrong time” was, of course, trotted out by law enforcement officials in Knoxville, Tennessee, to “explain” the Knoxville Horror, the savage, January 6-7, 2007, kidnapping-gang-rape-torture-murders, by at least six racist blacks, of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom, as if the white couple had been hit by lightning.
David’s “drug deal” observation got me thinking, and I responded, Now that you mention it, just once, I’d like to see someone using that idiotic line, “a drug deal gone bad,” challenged.
When someone kills someone he had arranged to buy drugs from, it’s usually because he planned to do so, while ripping him off. Thus, for the killer, it was a drug deal gone good!