It's not like Bishop's story is totally unprecedented. In Northern
California, we've certainly had our share of overlooked homicidal maniacs. (Jim
Dederich immediately come to mind). More recently, though, and
seemingly more line with the Bishop story, we've got UCSF lab researcher
Ben Chun Liu. He admitted that he attempted to poison his co-worker,
said he was sorry, and his murder charge was eventually dropped. (He's
apparently still pursuing lab work).
The story also reminded me a lot of Georgia Roberts, a South Florida woman who was accused and later acquitted of stalking TV News anchor Kristi Krueger. Roberts also happens to have killed her friend in high school. She said she shot her friend in the head by accident.
In light of all this, I thought we should ask you readers if there's somebody in your life who may eventually go on a killing spree. Maybe the person enjoys, say, beheading kittens. Maybe the person pees on homeless people. Whatever.
We invite you to vent about this potentially homicidal maniac here, but please remember not to libel anyone.
I'll start. My editor Will Harper sometimes gets this weird look in his eyes. I think he might someday open fire on the newsroom. Okay, your turn.