As Another Woman Goes Missing, Two Others Get Justice

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Another day, another slew of stories about missing white women. 21-year-old Leah Hickman, a student at Marshall University in West Virginia, has been missing since Saturday night. There are no leads in her disappearance, and her friends have created a Facebook page to help aid in the search for her. Her absence was noted when she missed her shift at Dress Barn on Saturday. (I am desperately trying to keep myself from making a joke about how she probably ran away to avoid another Saturday night at the Barn of Dresses, but I'm too classy for that.) In other news, an arrest has finally been made in the murder of Emily Sander. Emily's original disappearance received a lot of salacious press because of her foray into internet nudie pics. Israel Mireles, with whom Emily left a bar on the night of her death, is now in police custody.

And lastly, police officer Bobby Cutts, who has been in jail for the murder of his pregnant girlfriend Jessie Davis, admitted to killing her. Though Cutts originally plead not guilty, he confessed the murder to his high school friend, Myisha Ferrell. Ferrell has agreed to testify against Cutts. Jessie Davis was nearly nine months pregnant when she was killed.


Student's Disappearance Baffles Family, Friends [ABC News]
Arrest in Student-Porn Actress' Death [Breitbart]
Cop Admits to Killing Pregnant Girlfriend [ABC News]

Earlier: Missing Porn Star Wasn't Even A Porn Star
Men Like Bobby Cutts Are More Common Than You'd Think

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Chris Braak

@veraikon: Well, Batman was operating under very particular conditions. In the first place, Gotham City was suffering from a complete and total breakdown of civil authority. There was, literally, no way to get any kind of justice via the Gotham legal system. In the second place, Batman's massively-obsessive personality and reverence for his dead father made it possible to trust his innate sense of justice—there was no danger of him going out of control, because he was, literally, psychotically obsessed with making sure people got neither more nor less than they deserved.

Of course, Batman's (fictional) vigilantism is clearly the repressed anguish of people who are outraged by injustice in the world and find themselves unable to fight back. This gets sublimated as imaginary violent tendencies against evildoers, who can be qualified—in our minds—as being without redeeming value.

I think that's basically what's going on here. "Country Justice" is to the Jezebel readers what Batman was to the 1930s.