Have I mentioned in the last five minutes that I tend to be very conflicted about certain things. Oh, I am sure that I did.
|We love monkeys here at TAOBC but we recommend not|
getting drunk and getting into a fight with one.
Just a few days ago, my alter-ego Crabby Pants reinvented herself for the umpteenth time now taking on the form of a Superhero that intends to find truth in the media, stamp-out overreaction and kick-the-sh** out of rampant rumor mills. Just in the nick of time it would seem.
So for today..here at TAOBC, I am having my own little version of Dateline. The only thing that would make this more realistic if I could have the annoying voice of Keith Morrison asking you to sign onto Facebook and weigh in if you think the alleged perpetrator did it. Actually, as you will see...the monkey killer did it...for sure..no question about it. That not entirely the point. The point is I have some questions and concerns.
There is a criminal case in progress in Boise, Idaho that is gaining national exposure. On the outside chance you haven't been following it, it is being referred to by the unfortunate name "The Boise Monkey Killer". I am not making this up. Feel free to Google it.
To catch you up to speed if you haven't been following this with bated breath. (yes, I said bated...it is a derivative of the word "abated"...there is no such thing as "baited breath"....unless you are eating worms and going swimming in a fishy lake)
Thought Number One: The Case of the Boise Monkey Killer
|the remaining male Patas |
Monkey at the zoo
OK back to the case...On November 17th, there was a break in at the Zoo Boise. The small zoo in Boise didn't have security cameras but a single watchman heard a noise and found an injured Patas monkey laying outside it's enclosure. (at the time of the break in the zoo was home to two male Patas monkeys) He saw two men running from the area. The injured monkey was crated and taken to a vet where it later died. (I know...very sad!!!)
Two days later, an arrest was made. Michael Watkins, a 22 year old that had just had a new baby with his girlfriend, was in Boise having a night on the town with a friend. He got drunk....really drunk ...and had the brilliant idea to go see (or something) the monkeys at the zoo. Here, again, the stories differ. Some articles say he and his friend just wanted to pet the monkeys, some versions say they were wanting to free the monkeys, still another version says they wanted pictures taken with the monkeys. No matter what the intent was, when Watkins got into the monkey enclosure, the monkey started attacking him, biting into his arm and torso. (Watkins did go to the emergency room with injuries) According to Watkins, he picked up a branch and whacked the very angry, biting monkey in an effort to get it off of him.
Initially Watkins was charged with grand theft and burglary. He was taken to jail and held. On January 17th, during his first arraignment a third charge was added of falsifying information to the police. He is being held on $150,000 bond. (Note: Watkins has had at least two previous misdemeanor charges dealing with a DUI and a drug possession....which has no bearing on this case but does probably weighs in on the public opinion)
His friend that had been with him has made statements to the police and is not being charged.
If found guilty on the existing charges he is facing 25 years in jail and $56,000.00 in fines.
Thanks to the outpouring concern and the heightened outrage the community has donated $119,000 to build a new primate enclosure. Another $100,000 is being given from the city. A zoo, Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York has donated two female Patas monkeys to keep the remaining male monkey company. (I could be wrong but I would think that the male monkey isn't as angry about how things have played out as others may be.)
Again, this doesn't change anything dealing with the crime but does compensate the zoo for the loss of one Patas monkey.
There are a lot...a whole lot of versions on how this crime happened but here are a few articles dealing with the crime.
The Fox News
The Idaho Statesman (Jerry Watkins talks about his son)
Thought Number Two: The Community's Outrage
This is where "the conflicted" part of today's post comes in. Upon initially reading the stories and talking to people, including Kiddo #2 who lives in Boise, I am shocked to hear about the level of outrage resulting from this event. The comments that appear on social media and on online forums are such that most of them I wouldn't be able to put onto my PG 13 rated blog. The nice ones are asking for Watkins to be crucified...yes on at least two of the comments I read, the word crucified was used. Conversely, I looked up some of the actual human murder cases that have happened in Boise (there aren't all that many as it's a pretty safe place) and there doesn't seem to be the visceral reactions.
Don't get me wrong. I am very much against the action of these men. I am saddened at the needless loss of the monkey. It is an equally sad situation for a young man's future. I believe there has been a crime and there needs to be consequences..... This is where things tend to get a bit murky. What are the appropriate consequences for a drunken prank that winds up with a monkey dying??? Does 25 years seem logical?
Here is a quote from the Associated Press that I think kind of sums up my point.
Julia Stroebel, who said she went to high school with Watkins in Fruitland, told The Associated Press that she is aware people who know the suspect are upset about the attack. However, she believes others also agree with her that level of outrage over the monkey's death is unfounded.
"We've had a couple murders happen in the area, brutal murders, in fact," Stroebel said. "They didn't get as much attention as a monkey dying. It seems sort of ridiculous."
In her efforts to cheer up Balls, Supercrabby is singing a little song.
|Balls, this is a happy song. The monkey is going to heaven with his friends.|
If you want to sing along but don't know the tune to this child's song
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