The Crime That Can't Be Named? | The Daily Pulp | South Florida | Broward Palm Beach New Times | The Leading Independent News Source in Broward-Palm Beach, Florida

Broward News

The Crime That Can't Be Named?


The Miami Herald's web site is led right now by Kathleen McGrory's story about a man who confessed to three "brutal" rapes. So what is a "brutal" rape? Well, Katherine Collins, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department's spokeswoman, didn't waste any time telling the Pulp: He's an anal rapist, she says, which explains a lot when you read the stories about 36-year-old David J. Searcy's alleged crimes.

"Brutal," then is something of a code word here. The Sun-Sentinel, in Brian Haas's story on the Searcy arrest, takes it one step further into law enforcement-ese calling it a "brutal sexual assault."

Now these are both quickie Internet versions of the story, so it will be interesting to see if the newspapers find a way to convey the significant, albeit lurid and wholly impolite, detail to their readers in the morning. I'm guessing we'll see the word "sodomize," an imprecise, but serviceable alternative.

KEEP NEW TIMES BROWARD-PALM BEACH FREE... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Journalist Bob Norman has been raking the muck of South Florida for the past 25 years. His work has led to criminal cases against corrupt politicians, the ouster of bad judges from the bench, and has garnered dozens of state, regional, and national awards.
Contact: Bob Norman

Latest Stories