Fat Steve's Blatherings

Friday, April 29, 2005

Two Factoids: One Expected, One Weird

      The Los Angeles Dog Trainer has an article on the Toronto Sex Crimes Unit's Child Exploitation Section.  It's an interesting article in many ways, but it contains this paragraph:
      On one wall is a "Star Trek" poster with investigators' faces substituted for the Starship Enterprise crew. But even that alludes to a dark fact of their work: All but one of the offenders they have arrested in the last four years was a hard-core Trekkie.
      It appears that this paragraph is wrong, despite the four layers of editors that check every Dog Trainer story.  That's the expected factoid, courtesy Corante.com.  (Hat Tip: Instapundit)

      But the unexpected factoid also comes from Corante.  Ernest Miller, who writes for the Corante blog, found the hard core Trekkie story a bit difficult to believe, so he called the Child Exploitation Section to ask about it.  (Hmmm, maybe that's the problem?  The Dog Trainer might not have cutting edge technology like telephones available to them).

      Miller spoke to Detective Ian Lamond, who said the Dog Trainer was wrong, as any sane person would expect.  The weird factoid:
      . . . a majority of those arrested show "at least a passing interest in Star Trek, if not a strong interest."

      They've arrested well over one hundred people over the past four years and Det. Lamond claims they can gauge this interest in Star Trek by the arrestees' "paraphenalia, books, videotapes and DVDs." I asked if this wasn't simply a general interest in science fiction and fantasy, such as Star Wars or Harry Potter or similar. Paraphrasing his answer, he said, while there was sometimes other science fiction and fantasy paraphenalia, Star Trek was the most consistent and when he referred to a majority of the arrestees being Star Trek fans, it was Star Trek specific.

      Mr. Spock, you got some splainin' to do.



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