Thursday, April 10, 2014
"We Were Losing Daylight"
Dennis Dechaine took the stand in his own defense, on trial for the murder of young Sarah Cherry.
He has had a strong internet following of those who have claimed he was wrongfully convicted. These things sometimes even draw in celebrities, such as those who were duped, many years ago, by psychopathic murderer and rapist, Rubin Carter.
This week, Dechaine was denied a new trial.
In his testimony, he said, "We were losing daylight" while asserting to have never met, nor seen his victim Sarah Cherry, 12 years old.
Everyone of us has an internal, subjective personal dictionary. Therefore, if I say the word "bike", one of you might be referring to:
a tricycle for your toddler...
a motorcycle that you commute with...
an old fashioned Schwinn from yesterday...
and so on.
Therefore, it is follow up questions that are needed to clarify what "bike" actually means to the subject, unless the context makes it clear.
Everyone of us has an internal, subjective personal dictionary.
Pronouns, however, are the exception.
Pronouns are instinctive and take no thought. Even when recalling an event from 20 years ago, a person will know whether to start their account with "I" or "we"; that is, whether the person was alone, or with someone else.
Dennis Dechaine claimed to have been alone in the wood, yet what leaked out? The pronoun "we" found its way into his answer.
As he was describing the trees around him, he slipped into experiential memory, rather than the script he had given to his attorney.
We sometimes call this a "Confession by Pronoun."
In a recent statement, a business was held up at gunpoint by a crazed drug gang.
In the victim's statement, he said, "They beat me and placed a bag over my head, screaming at me, saying "Where's the safe? Where's the safe." I said it was in the other room. We went into the other room and they got the money."
He knew the gang ad he was in on it.
The pronoun "we" entered his language after the beating.
The word "placed" is too soft for a violent drug crazed gang.
When something sounds 'off' there is a good reason for it.