Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mail Room Employees: What You Do Is Important

I mailed a copy of My Brother Ron to a radio station in Chicago Monday.  It arrived Tuesday--but the host never received it.  Where did it go?

Now we see a far more serious consequence: it appears that Holmes mailed detailed plans of what he planned to do to a psychiatrist at the medical school--but the package, which may have been there a week, was apparently not delivered:

The report said Police and FBI agents were called to the University of Colorado Anschutz medical campus in Aurora on Monday morning after a psychiatrist, who is also a professor at the school, reported receiving a package believed to be from the suspect.
Although that package turned out to be from someone else and harmless, a search of the Campus Services' mailroom turned up another package sent to the psychiatrist with Holmes' name in the return address, the source told
After obtaining a search warrant, police took the package away and discovered its contents. quoted its source saying: "Inside the package was a notebook full of details about how he was going to kill people. There were drawings of what he was going to do in it - drawings and illustrations of the massacre."
Images in the notebook included drawings of stick-figures shooting at other stick figures, the report said.
Can you imagine how this might have turned out differently if the package had been opened before Thursday night?

UPDATE: The July 26, 2012 Christian Science Monitor indicates the package arrived Monday, and was not delayed on being opened.  No lost opportunity on this.


  1. According to the AP according to Fox? (and that's the only way we'll be getting info, the judge had issued a gag order), it's been sitting there since July 12th.

    But I ask you, so what?

    Unless the authorities searched his place and found his bomb making chemicals, is it even vaguely likely he would have been locked up or otherwise stopped? That, after all, is one of the things you've been making a justified big fuss over.

  2. I think the threats would have led to an interview, perhaps an observational hold, and likely a search warrant. The bomb making materials would have led to an arrest.

  3. Was there a Doctor-Patient relationship between --- and the University Psychologist? With one, presumably it would trigger the Doctor's Tarasoff duty and an interview and a hold. Without one, it would doubtless scared the bejeebers out of the Doctor and led to an interview by the PD and a Psychiatrist.