A Person Of Interest

William Safire died Sunday.  Whether you agreed with his politics or not, he was an interesting person and a person of interest.  And he was a zealous overseer of the English language. 

So I wonder what his take would have been on law enforcement’s use of “person of interest” versus “suspect.”  Because we’ve got a good one here.

Police call Heather Brown of Norwich a “person of interest.”    That’s because a woman who apparently looks exactly like Heather Brown of Norwich is captured on cameras robbing banks.  Six of ’em.  In one week.

Ms. Brown is not said to be a suspect, but a “person of interest.”  

She hasn't filled out a withdrawal form.

She's not asking for a free toaster...

You know what?  I find her interesting too.


UPDATE:  They got her.


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9 Responses to A Person Of Interest

  1. Kathryn D. says:

    It will be interesting to hear her motive….gambling I bet!
    (Pardon the pun.) She will be caught. She is very brazen to not even wear a hat! Today may be the day! (Person of interest? Is that now the new and pc “Subject”?)

  2. Yah, I suspect naming of “suspects” went out the window because of a slew of litigation brought forth by the wrongly “suspected.”

    But if this woman caught on tape robbing banks isn’t a suspect, then who is? Reminds me of when journalists continue to use “alleged” even after the accused has been convicted.

    • Gerry says:

      The Annie Le murder a good case in point. NBC CT and the New Haven Independent were the only ones not naming the “person of interest.” And then, even the NHPD jumped the shark. So…whaddaya do?

      This case, though, just cracks me up.

  3. What difference does it make, albeit a “person of interest” or “suspect”? No one is above the law…or below it, for that matter.

    • Gerry says:

      It’s a fine line, but a line nontheless. You don’t want to throw a name and a face out in public who hasn’t actually been charged with anything. As they say, you never know…

  4. When they remake ” Casablanca, ” the line’s gonna be:

    ” Round up the usual persons of interest.”

    And, of course, Rick’s place will have a no smoking section.

    Political correctness. An oxymoron if there ever was one.

  5. I think she was looking for some photos for a new resume, she has some great shots to peruse over the next 5-10.

  6. Lori Galvin says:

    I just read William Safire’s obituary. He is certainly a “person of interest”, unlike some of the “celebrities” that have recently been in the news. I will miss On Language in the New York Times Magazine.

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