Harringtons Still Looking for Answers

There are 20 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Oct 16, 2010, titled Harringtons Still Looking for Answers. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

As Morgan Harrington's parents prepare for a memorial to honor their daughter they continue to put pressure on police to find her killer.

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citizen

United States

#1 Oct 17, 2010
I fear Mr Harrington assumes far too much.

A minority of crimes are solved by DNA. Most are solved by people who get arrested and then, in a bid to get a reduced sentence, offer information on their lowlife family members, friends, acquaintances and assorted flotsam and jetsam to a prosecutor. This end of police work is not seen on TV since it is labor intensive and vastly time consuming, which is regrettable.

Crime shows are exactly that--shows.

A fat reward will get the cockroaches to come out of their kitchen wall far faster than endless media appearances.

Were it my loved one I would seek results by publicizing an ever increasing reward vice possibly counter productive "awareness" pleas.
alias

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Oct 17, 2010
Agree. Professional street informants and observant citizens are the key to most crime`s solutions.Experience speaking.
Townie

Mcgaheysville, VA

#3 Oct 17, 2010
The Harrington's really need to get a grip. I can't imagine how it feels to loose a daughter, but constantly making public appearances smearing the police is getting really old. Mr and Mrs. Harrington, we want the person responsible caught as much as you do, but this isn't some television show. This case is going to take a long time to solve.
Call Barack Obama if you want to, it isn't going to make the killer come forward. The police don't have to fill you in on the investigation, it would be stupid if they did so. They answer to the victim, and do thier best to speak for her. As much as it stinks, they don't answer to you Gil.
Please stop making these public outcries. This guy will get caught, but it's not going to be an easy road.
Notrealistic

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Oct 17, 2010
I hope the Harringtons consider the number of times they are on TV before criticizing the police that they aren't part of the investigation. Being parents who desperately want their child's killer caught, they could very well say something that shouldn't be made public in their zeal to get some type of information. Another factor, LE cannot confide information to family that could affect an investigation. How many times has it been discovered that the culprit was right there, in the arms of the grieving family, sharing their pain and keeping his or her own dark secret? As said several times above, real police investigation is not a made for TV drama. Writers already know how the story will end before they write one single line. All they have to do is fill in the middle to fit in an hour. That's not the way it happens in the real world. Too often, the end of the story is never written..
hello albemarle

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Oct 17, 2010
WHAT this is thier child, this city needs to get a grip to say the least she visiting the city and killed not a residence of the city, please they need their closure as well, ok then i would do it myself then what then, funny the picture of the male looks like the one they had many years ago of Nathan Washington you know instead of spending our tax payers money on alvin (butch) morris case LOL a cigarette should be finding this killer my thoughts and prayers are always with the harringtons
chris

Colonial Heights, VA

#6 Oct 17, 2010
Agree with above posts. LE cannot and should not tell the parents every single detail re everything they're doing. Could jeopardize the case. I have a friend who was murdered a few years ago, and the killer is still out there. I understand their pain & frustration.
Not to diminish their pain, but there is a 19 year old girl missing from Orange. I haven't seen all the press conferences and media coverage of parents(as compared to Harringtons)about that girl. Just because her family doesn't have a lot of money and the girl isn't a pretty blonde doesn't mean that case should not have constant press. She hasn't been found. Her family doesn't know where she is or what happened. Lets concentrate on finding her now
Throw Rocks at Hippies

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Oct 17, 2010
The Harringtons are just looking for more TV time. Typical liberal response that everything should be abobut them.
edd

United States

#9 Oct 17, 2010
I hope the police are very circumspect about how much data they share with the Harringtons. Who is to say that the killer or killers is not known to the family? After all, the girl, apparently, trusted the person enough to get into their car and be driven away! Think about that one! If the police say too much to the family the killer(s) could be tipped off in some way and then the crime is never solved...

I think the family's idea of solving this is way off base and they need to do a re-think of their strategy. They really need to take the longer view.
citizen

United States

#10 Oct 17, 2010
KaseKlosed wrote:
I happen to know that the police only got one of the better tips (with more detailed info) weeks after they released the sketch of the Fairfax suspect in July. It took that sketch for someone to remember an old assault that wasn't immediately reported to police. So how long have police had to deal with that, a month or two? I don't know if they've even had the chance to interview him yet, he's from out of state and probably had accomplices, it's more complicated than the usual suspects. Also, I have to praise the Fairfax police for actually doing their jobs on the old Fairfax rape. I've been a victim of sexual assault myself, and there are a lot of lazy cops out there who don't want to do a rape kit or take a report, or even admit that a crime happened. I think they want to pretend the crime rate is a lot lower than it really is, even when the crime is serious and they're leaving a dangerous predator out on the streets. I've never even heard of a police department that has a composite sketch done for a rape victim unless the predator is a serial offender terrorizing a whole neighborhood. Wish I'd had the FAIRFAX cops working on catching my attackers, but unfortunately for everyone else those predators are probably out looking for other women to rape every night. The Harringtons are very fortunate because their daughter's case will probably be solved eventually, wish I could say the same for the rest of us...
The world will never be perfect and crime will never go away but my many years of experience tell me that if women were to travel, shop, jog, exercise, etc, more often as a group after dark the crime rates would significantly go down. I am astounded by the number of fools in my area that think they are omnipotent and jog by themselves at midnight. It is hard to feel sorry for these girls after they get picked off, particularly after they get MULTIPLE warnings and cajolings. My female friend commented "Look how stupid she is, she isn't even wearing clothes that would be hard for an attacker to remove." I think she was referring to tight fitting spandex and similar garments compared to the baggy gym shorts that wouldn't slow anyone down.

For years I have been told by very knowledgeable sources that many crimes committed at UVA get kept away from the media. This is something that is a real disservice to the public, should it be true.
Wheeler

Ruckersville, VA

#11 Oct 17, 2010
Townie's comments are accurate.

Weekly updates from police, unlimited access to the media, now a plaque at Copeley Road.

And they are still not satisfied, and threatening to contact politicians, senators and the Govenor.

I will bet these politicians, senators, and the Govenor do not know who the perpetrator is any more than the police, who are hard at work on the case not matter if this satisfies everyone.

Money will not solve this problem. Neither will threatening the very people that are trying to help.

The Harrington's may be educated, but are not acting very smart.
Townie wrote:
The Harrington's really need to get a grip. I can't imagine how it feels to loose a daughter, but constantly making public appearances smearing the police is getting really old. Mr and Mrs. Harrington, we want the person responsible caught as much as you do, but this isn't some television show. This case is going to take a long time to solve.
Call Barack Obama if you want to, it isn't going to make the killer come forward. The police don't have to fill you in on the investigation, it would be stupid if they did so. They answer to the victim, and do thier best to speak for her. As much as it stinks, they don't answer to you Gil.
Please stop making these public outcries. This guy will get caught, but it's not going to be an easy road.
come clean

Waynesboro, VA

#12 Oct 17, 2010
I think the Harringtons need to come clean to the public. I am just so tired of hearing then bash the police. I am very sorry about what happened to their daughter and would not wish what happened to her on anyone else, but I would like to know how intoxicated and how high on illegal substances Morgan was when she left the JPJ. I want to know why her "friends" let her go off on her own. If Mr and Mrs Harrington are so concerned this does not happen to anyone else's child - then come clean - concentrate on using Morgan as an example and a warning. Girls (and guys) there is safety in numbers, use the buddy system, have a couple of friends along that are going to stay sober and will look out for you, if you are going out to a large public venue keep your wits about you, never leave a friend behind especially with someone they just met,(Natalee Holloway's friends left her with three young clean cut looking young men in a bar in Aruba... she did'nt make it home either) I am sure Morgan was a wonderful young woman and her life was taken way too early but this tragedy probably could have been avoided had she acted in a more responsible manner and took responsibility for her own safety.
hello albemarle

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Oct 17, 2010
OK PEOPLE COME CLEAN REALLY THE PUBLIC WOULD BE AMAIZED TO BE HONEST TO FIND OUT THE TRUTH THAT HASN'T BEEN TOLD REALLY THE LIES, THEY HAVE BEEN TOLD THE WAY THEY HAVE BEEN TREATED I WOULDN'T TREAT MY DOG THAT WAY, AND IF SHE WAS DRINKING SHE WAS UNDERAGE, AND WHY NOT A DRUNK IN PUBLIC LIKE OTHERS THE HARASS IN THE COUNTY, SHE WOULD STILL BE HEAR AND MYSELF IF I HAVE TO HELP I WOULD DO MY BEST, MAYBE ALL OF THE ONES ON HERE THEIR CHILDREN WOULD BE NEXT AND THEY WOULD UNDERSTAND AND TV TIME GO FOR IT TO EVERY SHOW LET THE PUBLIC KNOW HOW INEPT THE POLICE DEPARTMENTS ARE AROUND HERE FOR THE TAX MONEY WE PAY FOR WHAT REALLY GET WITH IT PROPLE
hello albemarle

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Oct 17, 2010
KINDA FUNNY THE SENIOR POLICE OFFICERS MOONLIGHT AT JPA WHERE WERE THEY AT
lord

Barnesville, OH

#15 Oct 17, 2010
Come Clean - Thank you for raising the actual issues of this case in as gentle a manner as possible. I have to add that adult children of liberals that I have known do seem to have a knack for poor judgement leading to self-destructive behavior. I think that the Harringtons should stop grandstanding, blaming, and making demands and should instead use their educations introspectively to analyze why this tragedy happened. If they want any good to come of the tragedy, then they should question if unchallenged self-esteem combined with unrealistic burdens of social responsibility constitutes good parenting.
fuzzy wuzzy

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Oct 17, 2010
hello albemarle wrote:
OK PEOPLE COME CLEAN REALLY THE PUBLIC WOULD BE AMAIZED TO BE HONEST TO FIND OUT THE TRUTH THAT HASN'T BEEN TOLD REALLY THE LIES, THEY HAVE BEEN TOLD THE WAY THEY HAVE BEEN TREATED I WOULDN'T TREAT MY DOG THAT WAY, AND IF SHE WAS DRINKING SHE WAS UNDERAGE, AND WHY NOT A DRUNK IN PUBLIC LIKE OTHERS THE HARASS IN THE COUNTY, SHE WOULD STILL BE HEAR AND MYSELF IF I HAVE TO HELP I WOULD DO MY BEST, MAYBE ALL OF THE ONES ON HERE THEIR CHILDREN WOULD BE NEXT AND THEY WOULD UNDERSTAND AND TV TIME GO FOR IT TO EVERY SHOW LET THE PUBLIC KNOW HOW INEPT THE POLICE DEPARTMENTS ARE AROUND HERE FOR THE TAX MONEY WE PAY FOR WHAT REALLY GET WITH IT PROPLE
I have to tell you, your post was probably the second hardest post I've ever read on here. There's a little thing called grammar and spelling, please read up on it.

The police can't work with what the do not have, and it would appear that they do not have evidence or leads in the case, hence no arrest. You ask why she wasn't arrested for drunk in public, and that's because JPJ, like most other large venues aren't public property, they are private. The police usually only arrest and eject intoxicated people who are causing problems (the exact same thing that they do at places like UVa football games and Foxfield Races). Before you start complaining about the ineptness of the police departments, think about this......could you do a better job if you were in their shoes? If you think that you could, why are you not doing it? If your not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. I personally believe that Morgan Harrington contributed to her own demise, and as sad as it is that she died, she does bear some of reason for that. People should not be wandering around high and/or drunk and expect everyone to bow down to them, you're not invincible. I hope now that the one year mark has passed I will not have to hear the Harrington's on the news again until, if one even exist, a person involved in the homicide is brought in for questioning. Sadly, I know that this will not be the case, and their publicist will do everything that they can to keep them in the forefront of the media, after all, that's what they are being paid for isn't it?

I would also like to point out that my above post is completely understandable, and usually only requires reading once, because it uses proper grammar and spelling. Therefore people who read it need to spend less time deciphering what I'm trying to say and spend more time getting the picture.

Sorry to rant, but it irritates me the people find it acceptable to to use this terrible excuse for English. Text speak may be suitable for texting, but it's not suitable for everyday use.
Dave

Buffalo, NY

#17 Oct 18, 2010
Well, I don’t think you can blame the Harringtons for wanting Law Enforcement to find out who killed their daughter. If that includes publicly “calling out” police officials to keep the case in the public’s eye, more power to them. I am, however, not saying that the pressure is fully justified. Law Enforcement has an extremely tough job. They not only have to solve the crime, but make sure that they do so in a manner that is prosecutable at trial. I can assure you though, they want this case solved as much as the Harringtons.

“Keeping life realistic”

Since: Apr 10

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#18 Oct 18, 2010
I would be willing to bet this is the last TV time you'll see in a while on regular broadcasts.
There is nothing else to be said, it's already been said 100 times.
Turning the media into a a personal platform is simply making a bad situation worse in my opinion..we shall see...
Disillusioned

Charlottesville, VA

#19 Oct 18, 2010
Laughing at the fools wrote:
I would be willing to bet this is the last TV time you'll see in a while on regular broadcasts.
There is nothing else to be said, it's already been said 100 times.
Turning the media into a a personal platform is simply making a bad situation worse in my opinion..we shall see...
This was a horrific crime, and I truly hope the killer(s) are caught and given the needle.

However, it has been a year. Many students have graduated that attended the concert, and the rest of the folks in the area would probably have come forward already if they had information. The Harringtons should not give up on the search for the truth, but, keeping it in the local news is obviously not doing anything. There are many other cases that are just as important and keeping this one in the forefront is prompting folks to be tired of it or wonder why this case is more important than the others. Sorry -- that's just human nature.

NBC29, please move on.
jen

Massapequa Park, NY

#20 Oct 18, 2010
I don't know the Harringtons ,am not from the area but lived in DC for a few years.So you can say I have no right to comment on this. But can you imagine how difficult it must be for them to stay in the spotlight and keep the public aware that Morgan's murderer(s) is still out there? They would probably prefer to stay home and grieve quietly, but they are trying to use their personal tragedy to help others and save other lives. I'll bet they already have. I can't understand the criticism of them. Also, do they know for sure that the police really have DNA from the person in the sketch? Just wondering.

“Keeping life realistic”

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#21 Oct 18, 2010
jen wrote:
I don't know the Harringtons ,am not from the area but lived in DC for a few years.So you can say I have no right to comment on this. But can you imagine how difficult it must be for them to stay in the spotlight and keep the public aware that Morgan's murderer(s) is still out there? They would probably prefer to stay home and grieve quietly, but they are trying to use their personal tragedy to help others and save other lives. I'll bet they already have. I can't understand the criticism of them. Also, do they know for sure that the police really have DNA from the person in the sketch? Just wondering.
I believe the police have verified the DNA was found at the location. They didn't however state where/how/etc. It could have been on her person, it could have been on a lighter in her pocket e borrowed...they just haven't publicized enough info for anyone to do anything but speculate.

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