Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The Knight's Defense

I didn’t realize Springfield’s Knight’s Action Park figured into that story about the northern Illinois dad accused of killing his family. From Eric Zorn’s blog:
Certain elements of the story didn't seem to add up:

The Oswego [Illinois] family was reportedly taking a day trip to a water park in Springfield when Christopher Vaughn left Interstate 55 and drove onto a frontage road when his wife became ill. He then decided to adjust a loose luggage rack on top of the SUV at which time he reportedly said he was shot. The first 911 call for help came at 5:25 a.m. from a passerby who saw Vaughn on the side of the road.

There are many water parks in Illinois, a number of them closer to Oswego than Springfield, which is a three hour drive. And even supposing the family had a particular fondness for Knight's Action Park and Caribbean Water Adventure in Springfield, that park doesn't open until 10 a.m.

Who needs a luggage rack for a day trip? And who drives way off the highway to a frontage road when a passenger begins to feel ill?
Hey, pal, leave us out of your lame alibi. And when I say “pal”, I mean it in that special nasty way.

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