They tend to be unable to stop doing stuff, saying stuff, creating keepsakes of their itinerary, as they – in principle – try to put more and more distance between themselves and the police. The Northwestern University microbiologist who seems to have stabbed a guy to death is on the lam; but while on the lam he has made an apology video (intended for his family, but now, one presumes, in the hands of the authorities), and has stopped by a library in Wisconsin to make a donation in the name of the guy he allegedly killed. I’m gonna guess that his next move will be suicide.

A non-academic would have made a beeline for a trailer park in upper Temagami and hunkered down there silently smoking and drinking until everyone forgot about him. He wouldn’t have made everything such a production already!


UPDATE: Both suspects have surrendered in San Francisco.

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2 Responses to “Why Professors Tend to Be Bad Escapees.”

  1. theprofessor Says:

    The sad thing is that their antics (I mean, honest to God–going to San Francisco to surrender?!) turn a vicious murder into a campy joke.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    tp: Yes – you get the feeling they were a couple of not-evil jerks who one night – high as kites – decided to have some evil fun… The rather farcical aftermath seems a continuation of that.

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