Read Between The Lines If You Can

It was in a post from Steve at http://fellowshipofminds.wordpress. com/ about a report making rounds on an incident verified to be genuine.

Orville Smith, a store manager for Best Buy in Augusta, Georgia, told police he observed a male customer, later identified as Tyrone Jackson of Augusta, on surveillance cameras putting a laptop computer under his jacket…

When confronted the man became irate, knocked down an employee, drew a knife and ran for the door.

Outside on the sidewalk were four Marines collecting toys for the “Toys for Tots” program. Smith said the Marines stopped the man, but he stabbed one of the Marines, Cpl. Phillip Duggan, in the back; the injury did not appear to be severe. After Police and an ambulance arrived at the scene Cpl. Duggan was transported for treatment.

According to the police report, the subject was also transported to the local hospital with two broken arms, a broken ankle, a broken leg, several missing teeth, possible broken ribs, multiple contusions, assorted lacerations, a broken nose and a broken jaw…injuries he sustained when he slipped and fell off of the curb after stabbing the Marine

The penny did not drop until much later, nagged by Steve’s own last line: ‘Now that was a well written Police report’! If I wasn’t sharp to read between the lines, may I say in my defense it was not the best of times when I read the post – late evening on a Saturday, it was:-)

Well, how does it go for you?


PS: It is a matter of uninteresting detail – and should in no way distract from our admiration of how much could be (un)said between the lines – that the last and the most masaaledhaar (loaded, spicy) paragraph of an otherwise routine crime report was entirely a patch-on of a creative mind on the internet. So says the venerable

Yes, the one about the mauling of the subject by the Marines.


One Response to Read Between The Lines If You Can

  1. trisha says:

    reminds of custody torture cases of india.


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