Pretty amazing, though--While I was calling churches to collect contact names for our fundraising drive, one of the pastors I was talking to was actually on the phone with a parishioner who was having problems related to what our women's shelter does. I have never seen 'God working in mysterious ways' quite that blatantly, before. It was pretty neat. The case has to be investigated to determine whether anything bad was truly going on, but it was still neat.
The house now has three ladies living in it, which is the most it has had since I've been there. Unhappily, one lady is a return resident.
Tonight is Crime Night Tuesday. Since the Discovery Channel seems to have broken up their Tuesday bloc of forensics and crime programming, I've switched to A&E, which airs Cold Case Files, Dog, and Crossing Jordan on Tuesday nights. It is interesting to me how some of these criminal cases make the rounds among the forensics shows. Tonight, Cold Case Files featured the Muevano Kupasa case, in which a technique called rapid prototyping was used to create a 3-dimensional replica of a CT scan of a victim's skull. I have also seen this case on The New Detectives on The Discovery Channel. I had no idea her body was disarticulated, or if I did know, I'd forgotten. Pretty shocking.
The other case featured on tonight's Cold Case Files was that of an arsonist in San Mateo County, California, a while back. The arsonist was an 18 year-old guy who shot videotapes of his fires and narrated them--creepy, creepy narration, too. I am very, very glad they caught him, because he was disturbed. It was like writing Ephram Young in Imperial Secrets-Nautica, getting inside the minds of the criminals he went after. Ephram is a precursor to Paul Graves. I am so very glad I did not give Paul receptive empathy and make him a police inspector on the serial crimes unit...
Um, yes, I am way cruel to my characters, sometimes.
Anyway...This arsonist creeped me out. He was really getting off on the fires and had a fantasy life that embraced the Satanic. Very, very messed-up guy. I hope he stays in a mental institution, because he sure seemed prime material to re-offend and escalate, if he is ever released. They would not state his name on the show, because he is in rehab. Frankly, I think his name ought to be known and a sharp eye kept on him, if/when he is released. Not wanting to stack the deck against him, but he scared the crap out of me. I hope he is better now, but I also hope he stays where he is.